Christopher Lloyd Lends Voice to Emmy-Winning CYBERCHASE on Thirteen
Adventure, mystery, environmental science and math join forces this Monday, November 4, when all-new episodes of Cyberchase, the Emmy Award winning series produced by THIRTEEN, begin airing on PBS stations across the country. In the spirit of Cyberchase's math-is-everywhere mission, the new episodes will also be available online and on the go with the free PBS Kids Video App.
Tapping into children's love of nature and concern for protecting the Earth, the new episodes send the CyberSquad and their bird pal Digit (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried) on Epic eco-adventures to tackle timely issues. Along the way, they must stop the dastardly villain Hacker (voiced by Christopher Lloyd) and his henchbots from taking over the cyberworld. The season's content will address STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics including keystone species, solar power, habitats, waste reduction, bar graphs, area and more.
Executive Producer Sandra Sheppard says the series is more relevant than ever. "Through nine seasons of Cyberchase we've developed broadcast and digital content demonstrating the power of math to solve life's everyday problems. This season, we focus on kids' love of nature and adventure and use math as a tool to solve problems in our environment."
Real-world games based on the environmental themes from the episodes deliver a transmedia experience. The games are featured on air in Cyberchase For Real, the live-action segment following each animated episode, and kids and families at home will find rules for gameplay on the Cyberchase website. For example, "Trash Dash," the game for a show about waste reduction, involves teams competing in an obstacle course-style relay race to sort a pile of strategically selected items into bins for recycling, reusing, composting and landfill.
The real-world games will also be the basis of a national game-making challenge and a community outreach initiative, and new interactive content based on the games is planned for spring.
"The games initiative is a first for us," says Executive Producer Ellen Doherty. "The real-world games are designed to be played indoors or outdoors, in urban or suburban settings, in classrooms, museums, or at home." She continues, "Cyberchase has always provided content in a format kids can relate to and get excited about. I know from growing up with a mom who was a math teacher the benefits of exposing kids to math not just at school, but at home in their everyday lives."
Cyberchase's first one-hour special will also debut next spring for Earth Month. The program continues the math and environmental focus and will feature guest star Rico Rodriguez ("Manny" from Modern Family) as the newest friend of the CyberSquad.
New digital content from Cyberchase is on the way too. For teachers, Cyberchase will make lesson plans and video clips available for free download through PBS LearningMedia, PBS' digital media service for K-12 classrooms.
Fall Cyberchase premieres include:
"An Urchin Matter" Monday, November 4
There's a mega mystery in Megabays the once-healthy kelp in Big Bay is washing ashore. Is it nature at work, or is something or someone causing the underwater kelp forest's collapse?
Topics: Keystone Species; Bar Graphs
"Going Solar" Tuesday, November 5
When the power mysteriously goes out at the new Radopolis skate park, the CyberSquad and Digit must find a way to turn it back on before a nighttime skateboarding extravaganza.
Topics: Solar Power; Area
"Trash Creep" Wednesday November 6
Perfectamundo isn't so perfect anymore the trash is out of control! A giant garbage heap threatens to break through the cybersite's dome, and the CyberSquad must become garbologists to reduce the rubbish.
Topics: Trash; Fractions