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Outrageous Acts of Science

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun series compiles vids of sometimes risky STEM projects.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Showcases lots of fascinating experiments and builds that are guided by STEM principles. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

People featured in the internet clips are amateur scientists. The people commenting on them are considered science experts. 

Violence

Many of the experiments can be dangerous if not done correctly or if proper safety gear isn't used (and sometimes it isn't). Fire, chemicals, blades, etc. are used, regularly. Objects are cut, crashed, and destroyed, and people sometimes use themselves as human guinea pigs and allow themselves to be launched in the air, etc. 

Sex
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Consumerism

Logos for science clubs and maker groups are sometimes prominently visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Outrageous Acts of Science is a reality series that compiles STEM-themed internet videos from around the world. It offers lots of educational moments, but the amateur scientists and builders featured often do not take appropriate precautions while conducting experiments. STEM enthusiasts will enjoy it, and it could inspire family projects or activities. However, viewers should be reminded to never try these experiments on their own or without appropriate preparation and supervision. 

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What's the story?

OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE is a reality series that compiles some of the top internet videos created by amateur scientists around the world. From creating mirrors and massive slime bubbles to engineering liquefied sandboxes and giant robots, people from around the world record themselves using STEM principles to conduct experiments and build things that are bigger or better than what's been done before. With the help of chemists, biologists, engineers, physicists, and other experts, what they've created and the process is broken down and explained in understandable terms. The uniqueness of these experiments and builds are also highlighted. Meanwhile, scientists sometimes work on improving those experiments in order to see how far they can go. 

Is it any good?

This interesting series showcases the work of science and engineering enthusiasts, most of whom don't limit themselves to working in laboratories to conduct experiments or build new things. It's educational and entertaining, but many of these experiments are risky and can cause potential harm if not done correctly or without the necessary scientific background. As a result, while Outrageous Acts of Science can inspire people to use STEM as a way of discovering and building new things, it sometimes sends mixed messages about safety and social responsibility when engaged in scientific study and research. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be an amateur scientist. Were Thomas Edison, Madame Curie, and Albert Einstein considered amateur scientists when they first started engaging in scientific work? 

  • What motivates the people featured in Outrageous Acts of Science to develop new formulas or machinery? Is it solely to resolve an existing problem, or is it about having fun?

TV details

  • Premiere date: April 20, 2013
  • Network: SCIENCE
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: STEM
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming

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