A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this educational series offers simple-but-educational scientific explanations about how everyday products are assembled and mass-produced in factories and workshops around the country. Many of these products are familiar/known brands, like Les Paul guitars and Burt's Bees lip balm. The series will probably be appealing to kids interested in the sciences or those who simply like to know about how things get made.
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What's the story?
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED is an educational series that shows how everyday products are created and mass produced for the consumer public. In each episode, humorist Brian Unger and University of Virginia physics professor Lou Bloomfield work alongside people on factory floors in order to learn how to make items like guitars, lip balm, and hurricane-proof windows. The pair shows how the featured products are created from start to finish, while offering some historical background and scientific explanation about how each thing works.
Is it any good?
While the series is very informative, it lacks some of the spark needed to make it fun viewing for kids who don't already get a kick out of science. Its focus on almost every step of the product-assembly process sometimes makes it a little tedious. But the uncomplicated scientific explanations give interested tweens and teens a real chance to learn the physics behind how the products we use every day actually work.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how television can promote science and learning. What did you learn from the show that you didn't know before? How can TV shows geared toward educating the public be informative while also being interesting and fun? Families can also discuss how the different products they use everyday are made. What things do you use that make you wonder how they were created? How could you find out more about them?
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