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Unchained Reaction

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Clever competition promotes creative engineering, teamwork.

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Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are TV's Mythbusters, and if you love science and want your kids to love it too, they are your very best TV friends. They've single-handedly helped apply science and engineering to exactly the kind of daffy topics that older kids and teenagers can understand -- are elephants really afraid of mice? Does nervousness cause cold feet? Can you safely stick your hand into molten lead?

On Unchained Reaction, they continue to make applied science and creative engineering far more entertaining than you would ever expect. The teams feature the types of professions that are most likely to come up with crazy solutions to unusual problems -- Hollywood prop masters, for example, or physics professors. Then the show lets these types loose in a warehouse full of unconventional items and lets them figure out the most creative and unexpected ways to set off a chain reaction. Although there is occasional interpersonal conflict played for tension as well as infrequent adult language, overall Unchained Reaction is a great showcase for the power of science and engineering to do amazing things.

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