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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Savage Builds, which is hosted by MythBusters' Adam Savage, is an edutainment series featuring some advanced engineering and design projects inspired by popular culture and past scientific failures. Things are tested using a range of potentially dangerous methods, but safety is always a priority. The logos for franchises and companies that assist with the builds are visible too. Viewers who enjoy STEM projects and TV will be drawn to it, but those who aren't may still find it entertaining, if not inspiring.
What's the story?
Hosted by MythBusters' Adam Savage, SAVAGE BUILDS showcases how scientists and makers create some amazing things. From developing a real-life and semi-functional version of the Iron Man suit out of titanium with a 3D printer to coming up with a working version of The Great Panjandrum, a rocket-propelled explosive that the British tried to develop during World War II, Savage works with scientists, engineers, and other STEM experts to find ways to imagine, develop, and create things that push the limits of what's possible.
Is it any good?
This fun series showcases how STEM principles can be used to build things inspired by popular films and failed experiments. But what makes it lively is Adam Savage's trademark enthusiasm for whatever they build, and how they go about building it. Plus, in between all the lighthearted moments are clear science lessons about what makes the builds possible, and the different methods behind each one. It also underscores what kinds of things are currently possible to make, and what's not actually doable yet. Viewers of all ages interested in STEM will be drawn to it, but Savage Builds is entertaining enough to appeal to those who aren't.
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