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HOW'D THEY BUILD THAT SCHOOL BUS

What to know: Have you ever wondered where that Yellow School Bus came form or how it was made? Visit IC's bus factory in Tulsa OK with an assembly line a mile long under one roof.
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Recommended age 4-10
38 minutes
DVD
MARVELOUS MEDIA
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The opinions of the kids who watched this changed dramatically through the discussion about it. One vocally expressed his boredom while others were riveted to the screen. After discussing his observations, one "bored" student ranked this show "Great." "It started off kind of boring but, my dad does welding so it was kind of cool." "I loved it! I'd watch it all day!" (This student was fascinated with the robotics and the human-technology interaction.) All the students related it to the work their fathers do in one way or another - welding, safety harnesses for roofing, and similar things. "There were all kinds of people but they all worked together well. If they don't, someone could get really hurt." The video shows numerous safety features such as gloves, masks, harnesses and huge fans to keep the workers cool. The kids noticed these things and how they contributed to the comfort and safety of the workers. They liked the "fun facts" and the slow motion repetition. "It got me thinking about all the different types of jobs there are and how much fun it would be to take a field trip to watch people do them. It was really interesting to see the robots. I want to learn more about them."
Very well made. Good production quality, clearly narrated with an age-accessible script. The teamwork and safety modeled is exemplary. The interest group may be somewhat narrow. The visual explanations and details are excellent. The reinforcement of information through "fun facts" segments add variety to the flow of the show. This is a bit slow at times but it does cover from nuts to bolts, the task of building a school bus. It does not water down vocabulary and is respectful of young viewers in its explanations of words such as chassis. There is a variety of races and genders working in the plant who appear to work together seamlessly. It will potentially make viewers look at buses with new eyes and appreciation.
Have you ever wondered where that Yellow School Bus came form or how it was made? Visit IC's bus factory in Tulsa OK with an assembly line a mile long under one roof. See first hand the process of building on of the safest vehicles on the road.
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