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Kids use their knowledge of science and mechanics to design and build machines. While the teams are heavily male-dominated, the girls who do participate are integral decision makers. The hosts play up the show's competition aspect via some mild trash talking.
No swearing, but some mild trash talking ("I did want you to come back for the finals, but I just don't think it's going to happen," etc.).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality challenge series' competitive side is mostly played up by the show's hosts, who often exchange good-natured jabs over their respective team's progress and expected victory. The competitors themselves are usually focused on the task at hand. Teams tend to be dominated by boys, but when girls join in, they're integral to the building process. (One of the two overseeing engineers is female, too.) The series showcases teamwork, ingenuity, and general scientific application in an energy-filled format that grade-schoolers will enjoy.
Is It Any Good?
Despite being a competition at heart, Operation Junkyard doesn't really linger on rivalry between the teams. But hosts Rob Czar and Kamaya Jones -- who each hang out with one of the teams to help keep them motivated and report on their progress -- often lapse into mild trash talk ("I did want you to come back for the finals, but I just don't think it's going to happen," etc.). Parents will quickly tire of these slightly juvenile exchanges, but gadget-minded grade-schoolers and tweens will probably still find the contests intriguing.
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