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MythBusters: The Search

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

MythBuster contest has science, engineering, explosions.

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This show was poorly executed. See my YouTube channel for more.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This entertaining science-based competition follows the popular MythBusters formula by offering viewers a chance to see how builders use their smarts to find answers to specific questions. From figuring out whether it's possible to build a side-ejecting car seat, to determining if a deflated ball is actually easier to catch than one full of air, robot experts, rocket scientists, electricians, engineers, and a range of other trained folks brainstorm, build prototypes, and start over when tests fail in order to answer the questions being posed.

The building process and over-the-top testing methods are a big part of the series. However, MythBusters: The Search also focuses on the leadership skills and charisma of the contestants to determine if they are suited for a tv spotlight. The elimination process adds some edge to the show, but takes some of the focus away from the idea that folks can participate in science and engineering activities just for the fun of it. Nonetheless, it successfully underscores the importance of teamwork, creativity, and above all, using science and engineering to learn and problem solve.

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