Parents' Guide to

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Viral video experiments inspire entertaining science series.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Fantastic Science Series

We're thrilled to have found this inspirational and educational series. The hosts are personable and make real science look exciting. In the tradition of Mythbusters, and Savage/Stevens productions online, this series can work for the whole family. The only reason I don't go with 5-stars is this: IF you have a kid who is a daredevil, or not capable of reasonable good judgement, you'll need to drive home the DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME point in an effective manner for your household.

Is It Any Good?

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This show's tongue-in-cheek title implies (quite correctly) that a lot can go wrong when you're making rockets out of trash cans or harnessing solar power to burn metal, and there are many uh-oh moments as the guys test their creations. For many people, this is the fun part -- watching multiple attempts go up in smoke, but on both a larger and a safer scale than they do at the hands of amateurs. Kevin and Grant certainly enjoy the mishaps almost as much as they do the victories, and they're well practiced at chuckling over their failures.

But this aspect of the show also provides a good learning opportunity for tweens and teens who watch, as it nicely illustrates the basics of the scientific method. The guys start with inspiration from Internet video failures, research materials, draw a hypothesis (or hypotheses, if they can't agree on one), run a test, draw conclusions, and experiment again if necessary before determining an outcome. It's a forum in which mistakes are considered opportunities for improvement rather than reasons to quit, and it celebrates the value in taking calculated risks within the parameters of safety.

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