Despite popular myths, television can be educational and informative as long as one watches the right programs. There are a wealth of learning opportunities available on TV for all age ranges and one of the most interesting programs that is perfect for family viewing is the Science Channel’s “How It’s Made.”
“How It’s Made” is a show that takes viewers inside factories to show them exactly how everyday objects are made. Crayons, baseballs, and sewing needles are just a few of the things that have been featured on episodes. It is fascinating to see inside the factories and note how complicated many of the creation processes are and how many advanced machines are usually required to make products that we, as consumers, purchase in stores on a more or less regular basis. Although we generally do not stop to think about where many of these items come from, this show will bring newfound respect for industry and design.
Children are generally more curious about things than adults so this show would be perfect viewing for them. Yet the show is equally appealing to adults and nearly everyone will find something of interest within the episodes. According to the Science Channel website:
“How It's Made visits dozens of assembly lines where raw materials become finished products right before the viewers' eyes. In each episode of the series, viewers will be amazed to see how many common items are manufactured in high-tech factories around the world.”
For anyone who has an interest in designing, engineering, or factories, this is a show that should not be missed. For families who homeschool it is a great opportunity to teach children about the products that are used daily and how essential technology and design are to industry and how essential industry is to society. It’s certainly an interesting offering on TV and a great way to learn as you watch.