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Parents need to know that Xploration Awesome Planet teaches viewers about Earth science through the host's visits to remarkable natural landmarks across the planet. In each case host Philippe Cousteau explores the site with the help of a local scientist who shows him the tools and processes they use to study its formation and track modern changes. The educational quality of its content makes it a great pick for curious families, but be ready to answer questions that could arise over references to hypothetical catastrophes such as meteor strikes or severe weather patterns.
What's the story?
In XPLORATION AWESOME PLANET, host Philippe Cousteau, grandson of the legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, travels the world to experience Earth's raw power and stunning visual diversity and to learn how its landscape formed in the first place. From majestic mountains to evolving volcanic topography, Cousteau works with local scientists to discover how their studies help us understand events of the past and better predict what the future will bring.
Is it any good?
Cousteau's treks to some of the planet's most remarkable places are both inspiring and educational, and the show's format welcomes viewers of any age to tune in and learn. He walks amid geysers at Yellowstone National Park to examine how the Earth's molten core reacts at surface level and descends into diamond mines to discover how gems form over time. Each new site provides a new opportunity to learn, and even this accomplished explorer always welcomes the chance to be taught by other experts he meets on location.
Xploration Awesome Planet has something for everyone, even if it's only a visual tour of Earth's many wonders. Young kids won't grasp the show's educational quality in its entirety, but that's OK given that this is a rare show the whole family can enjoy -- and learn from -- together.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about scientists' work on Xploration Awesome Planet. How does the study of science let us understand the past? Why is that important? How does it help us predict future events?
Kids: What subjects do you most enjoy learning about? What special tools or skills do you need to excel in those areas? Are there career opportunities in them?
Are there places near your home that have scientific significance? Take a family field trip to see and learn about them. What factors contributed to their formation? Are they changing still?
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