A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this show probably won’t interest kids, and the subject matter -- massive rocks falling to Earth from outer space -- might actually frighten very young or very sensitive ones. For everyone else, though, it offers an engrossing glimpse at the process of recovering these unique specimens as well as a basic education about the origin of meteorites themselves.
What's the story?
When it comes to treasure hunting, Steve Arnold and Geoff Notkin are as good as they come, but their booty isn’t the shiny stuff of legends. For these two space enthusiasts, the ultimate find is charcoal black, wrapped in a crust, and nearly impossible to locate without specialized hunting gear. That’s right -- they’re meteorite hunters who travel the world visiting impact sites in the hopes of unearthing some prime specimens to sell or add to their personal collections. The process is hard work, but their specialized detection equipment makes the process a bit easier.
Is it any good?
Even if the subject of rocks from outer space doesn’t top your interest list, the charismatic stars of METEORITE MEN just might win you over with their comfortable rapport and joint passion for the hunt of these unique treasures. It’s just plain fun to tag along with them on their journeys, and their excitement over the quests is infectious.
But there’s more to this show than entertainment, and viewers will learn a lot about meteorites as well as the specific sites the guys visit. Steve and Geoff often bring in local experts to help them locate search sites and analyze their finds, so the knowledge base is extensive and often specific, offering viewers a well-rounded introduction to the world of meteorite mania.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can discuss the educational quality of the media. How do TV and other media expose you to unfamiliar places and circumstances? Are any facets of the media (TV, Internet, movies, etc.) more reliable for information than others? If so, which ones, and why?
Tweens: What branches of science interest you the most? Why? What kinds of problems or questions would you like to use your knowledge of science to solve?
This show is a good example of how some people are able to turn their hobbies into careers. Tweens/teens: What are some of your hobbies? Would you ever consider making them a full-time career? What kind of special skills or knowledge would you have to acquire to be successful?
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