Science Max

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Zesty host injects absurdity into science demonstrations.

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age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

The show illustrates scientific concepts in a way kids will understand and enjoy, often embracing slapstick humor in order to show a scientific property. 

Positive Messages

Host Phil is having a great time as he races around carrying out experiments and explaining why things happen, which can draw viewers in and then awaken their scientific curiosity. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cast could use some ethnic and gender diversity -- host Phil is a white guy who generally carries out his experiments with and seeks advice from other male scientists. Still, he's an affable and enthusiastic host, and appealing to young viewers. 

Violence & Scariness

There's always the potential for danger when experiments go wrong, and Phil occasionally hurls things around the lab. But he wears and explains proper safety gear to viewers. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Science Max is an educational show that focuses on scientific concepts that will interest kids. Examples include how to levitate using magnets or make a bridge out of pasta. Host Phil is go-for-broke and fun; watching this show can increase viewers' scientific curiosity. Viewers should be cautioned not to try Phil's experiments at home without asking Mom and Dad first, even though Phil and his cohorts wear proper safety gear. Kids may also occasionally be mystified by the occasional Canadian word, as when Phil uses a "loony" (a Canadian coin) in an experiment. But the science is sound, interesting, and fun. 

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byMandy B October 17, 2019

Great for kids!

My 3 year old loves this show! He's loves learning new things and the host keeps things funny and easy for kids to understand. Highly recommend.
Adult Written byPBVortex June 21, 2019

The new Bill Nye

I honestly love this show! My son has become so much more curious and excited about science and it’s all thanks to it. The host used to be a host for TVOkids ba... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Not satisfied with just doing the kind of experiments that can be accomplished in a science classroom, SCIENCE MAX wants science writ large -- magnets strong enough to make a grown man levitate, a giant water slide that explains why boats float, or a catapult that demonstrates elasticity. Get your face-protection, your yellow lab coat, and join host Phil McCordic as he journeys into science.

Is it any good?

Manic, frantic, and lots of fun, this science show is like Mr. Wizard meets MythBusters. Host McCordic looks and acts like an overgrown kid who clearly relishes carrying out his experiments and visiting locations like a magnet factory or public pool. He's equally sharp in cutaway comic vignettes that demonstrate scientific properties in a manner that may remind parents of Alton Brown's old food show, Good Eats, like when Phil demos ferromagnetism by hurling doughnuts, paperclips, and a shoe at a big magnet. Science Max is a lot of fun, and since it's educational, parents feel good about junior scientists watching. Everyone wins! 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • How does Phil demonstrate curiosity on Science Max and in his tests? Is curiosity an important quality for scientists? What other character strengths are helpful?

  • Why does this show choose to demonstrate scientific properties that you can see rather than taste, feel, or smell? Consider some experiments or scientific concepts that would be difficult, impossible, or boring to show on TV. 

  • Can you think of any women who appear on TV shows about science? Can women and girls be scientists? What about being scientists on TV? 

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