A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
STEM concepts are explored clearly in each episode; subjects include asteroids, outer space, rocks, dust, and more. Characters also learn to make hypotheses and solve problems together.
Work together to solve problems best. Communication is key to making things happen and helping others.
Positive Role Models
Elmo, Cookie, and Abby are lively, quick-thinking, and great communicators when they're stuck with a problem. They know how to pivot when something doesn't work and are always concerned with putting their community first.
Diverse body types in the animated characters; characters are voiced by White and Black voice actors.
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Products & Purchases
As with many Sesame Street properties, there's lots of tie-in merchandise available to purchase.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sesame Street Mecha Builders is a CGI series about mechanical, or "mecha," versions of puppets Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Abby Cadabby. The characters' personalities remain the same, but they have new skills and physical attributes (a la Inspector Gadget). They help their town by doing things like using a laser cutter to slice an alien space pie and solving problems together. They also learn STEM concepts on their adventures, like what asteroids are, how to make a hypothesis, and collecting data. These superhero-esque bots definitely enter new territory for the franchise, but preschoolers who like a little sci-fi with their Sesame will be thrilled to learn along with fave characters in a fresh format.
Is It Any Good?
Robot versions of Sesame Street characters sounds pretty weird on paper, but this lively series is sure to please action-loving kids. Plus, parents can be reassured that the learning embedded in each episode of Sesame Street Mecha Builders is legit; the characters learn STEM concepts in clear ways. Plus, even though they look a little different, Elmo, Cookie, and Abby remain their lovable selves -- with a few extra skills like the ability to fly, become giant, and produce lasers from their arms.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.