Junkyard Wars for Kids

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Is there a possibility of programming a Junkyard "Kids" version of the show?? My son and his friends are presently in Middle School. Their knowledge of Mathematics and Science is extremely accelerated for their grade level. These boys are extraordinarily gifted, in addition to being well-behaved. They look forward to each episode with eager anticipation.

I am looking forward to your response.

Thank you,

Fran Cohen Frantical@aol.com

-- Fran Cohen (Frantical@aol.com), February 27, 2001


can children at age 9 do this? I am nine.

-- Sharon Murphy (sharonmurph@home.com), February 27, 2001.

This has been covered many time before. The true problem with a childrens show would be legal. Because they are minors the producers would need an army of lawers better than OJ's. The argument has been made that there could be some sort of release form for parents to sign, but that really could not stand up in court should a child die or be seriously hurt. (Would you seriously sign a release form waveing your right to legal action should your child die or lose a body part?) Due to the legal need for safety, any show geared toward kids would not involve welding or the use of power tools, unless there were an adult expert or stand-in. With the kids doing nothing but discussing their ideas and digging through the junkyard this would not make for the experience it could be for the kids. The show would therefore have many changes, the challenges would either have to be sub-par to the current challenges due to safety, or an adult would have to step in, diluting the experience for the true contestants, the kids.

I am all for a kids version, and think that it could become a very educational, yet entertaining show (a true rareity since they stopped showing Bill Nye). But I fear that a kids version would take a great deal of fine tuning and would therefore not be the experience that the kids are looking for.

-- www.geocities.com/kablamotheclown (kablamotheclown@yahoo.com), February 28, 2001.

Bill Nye is still on satilite!!! I dont think that the age of kids should be that young, but i do think it would be more possible for a teenagers version. and that could be just as good if not better, have you seen how crafty teenagers are at getting out of trouble?

-- ed flores (Edftow@yahoo.com), March 01, 2001.

I'm an educator at a Science Museum in Oklahoma City, OK, and am planning on conducting a Junkyard Wars-esque class this summer. I'm dealing with a lot of the issues you guys are discussing. What ideas are out there to adapt JYW's for Teens (13-16)? I'd love to get them e-mailed to me.

Thanks in advance.

-- Ben Randell (science_vandal@hotmail.com), March 02, 2001.

I'm a middle school teacher and we're doing a 7 day program after school called "Junk Yard Wars Lego Style". The students use Legos and construct vehicles with Lego parts, motors and even Lego solar panels. The kids are loving it. They've built vehicles and had to run a 2 meter track for speed using motors and solar panels. Today we used a Hot Wheel track and they made cars to see who can make it the furthest. We will be building cranes next. It's been a great experience for the kids and the teachers organizing it!

-- K. Miles (kmiles@cin.net), March 12, 2001.

It's unfortunate that most school districts have eliminated industrial education (shop courses). I taught Jr.H.S.metal working in the 60's & 70's and we made great junk projects challanging the students mind and creativity. Something we can't do as well today. My suggestion is to check with your school board and see if these programs are still in tack and if not, why not?

-- jerry (famernst@aol.com), June 07, 2001.

hi My name is harsh YES we can patecepat in junkyard wars

-- Harsh R Parikh (batak31@hotmal.com), March 28, 2002.

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