Parents' Guide to

Xploration FabLab

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

STEM-based series spotlights people making the world better.

TV Fox Educational 2016
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This STEM-themed series looks to win tween and teen fans with its four hip hosts (one even has a lip ring) and a bevy of youthful subjects whose achievements are rightfully applauded. In every case, their work was inspired merely by observing a need, whether in their own communities or halfway across the world. Many of the issues will be familiar to viewers and their kids, but some might stand out as something you've never given any thought to. Either way, Xploration FabLab will inspire you to think beyond the identification of a concern and consider how it might be helped.

While the show doesn't impart actual STEM education, it does touch on how certain concepts and technological advances contribute to the activism and products featured. This keeps the focus on the bigger picture of bettering the world rather than on the nuts and bolts of how exactly to go about it, which makes it more enticing to kids who look to TV more for entertainment than for learning. In any case, it raises numerous topics you can discuss (and perhaps act on) with your kids after the episode's end.

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