By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fun, educational STEM series features cool design projects.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It offers quick but easy-to-understand explanations about STEM concepts. Also clarifies what can be created and what is still very much science fiction or imaginary.
Science (and STEM) can be fun and exciting.
Positive Role Models
Adam Savage is smart, enthusiastic, and informative.
Violence & Scariness
Some builds are tested by being detonated, flown in the air, etc., in contained environments. Safety precautions are taken. Laser beams and other sci-fi-type elements are sometimes shown; it is pointed out that they are being put in during post-production, and not real.
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Products & Purchases
Logos for companies and franchises that help make builds possible, including EOS digital printers and Marvel Comics, are shown and the organizations thanked.
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.
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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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about STEM. How can these principles help solve problems when trying to create and build things?
What is it about the builds in Savage Builds that make them unique? Is it what inspires them, or what goes into constructing them?
- Premiere date: June 14, 2019
- Cast: Adam Savage
- Network: Discovery Channel
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: STEM
- Character Strengths: Curiosity, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: November 4, 2022
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