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PR: Kids Stay Cool All Summer Long With "My Cyberchase Summer"

by on May 17, 2007


Each Week Spotlights A Different Episode; Kids Can Download Games, Activities And Journals, Bringing CYBERCHASE’s Math And Problem-Solving Fun With Them On-The-Go This Summer

This June, as the ringing of school bells gives way to whoops of summer fun, Thirteen/WNET New York ushers in a fun-filled MY CYBERCHASE SUMMER. With favorite episodes from the first four seasons of CYBERCHASE airing throughout June, July and August, kids will have plenty of super-cool shows and activities to add to the fun of summer vacation. MY CYBERCHASE SUMMER launches June 4th on-air at PBS KIDS GO!sm (check local listings) and on the Web at CYBERCHASE ONLINE (pbskidsgo.org/cyberchase).

Kicking things off on June 4th is “Totally Rad” – when the shape of the Radopolis skate park keeps changing, Matt, Jackie and Inez need their skills in measuring perimeter and area to defeat their nemesis Hacker in a skate-off. At CYBERCHASE ONLINE, kids can download the “Dot Decoder” activity and decipher a hidden message from Matt to Hacker – and then use the dot coding system to send a secret message to their friends!

Each week, the CYBERCHASE episodes scheduled for Mondays will be similarly paired with activities that kids can download, take anywhere and do with friends or parents. Activities will include a “Wacky Broom Race,” where kids can calculate their speed in feet per second after racing on brooms, and “Gotcha Game,” which focuses on problem solving with a tricky strategy game. In the grownups’ section of CYBERCHASE ONLINE, parents and educators can find suggestions for continuing to engage kids’ minds all summer long with regular, everyday math activities, honing the skills they’ll need in the new school year.

“The classic episodes and activities of MY CYBERCHASE SUMMER will make a great way for kids to have fun and exercise their minds at the same time during the summer months,” said series executive producer Sandra Sheppard. Added executive producer Frances Nankin, “MY CYBERCHASE SUMMER will give kids more fun ways to play with the math that’s all around us, and boost their problem-solving skills, even after the school year is done.”

In addition to the episodes and activities, MY CYBERCHASE SUMMER will include three journals that kids can download from CYBERCHASE ONLINE to keep a record of their summer fun. The “Travel Journal” guides kids in imagining a summer trip, planning and budgeting their money to buy a souvenir, and writing down their vacation memories. With the “Games Journal,” kids build the game Target Toss (invented by Digit!), brainstorm ideas for improving it, and survey their friends and family in order to create a new game they all can enjoy. And the “Water Journal” guides kids in constructing a miniature paddleboat and altering its design to improve its performance in the water. Finally, available in the grownups’ area of CYBERCHASE ONLINE will be everything kids and parents need to host a CYBERCHASE party, including further fun games and activites, recipes and more.

In 2007, CYBERCHASE has many reasons to celebrate five phenomenal years on air, online and in communities across the United States. Nearly five million viewers watch CYBERCHASE every week, and CYBERCHASE Online has had more than 1.5 billion page views, with visitors spending more than an hour at the site on the average visit. CYBERCHASE is successfully accomplishing its mission to improve kids’ problem-solving and math skills, and inspire them with confidence and enthusiasm toward math — empirical research studies demonstrate viewers understand and take away the math content of the episodes they watch.

CYBERCHASE is produced by Thirteen/WNET New York and Nelvana Limited. Executive producers are Sandra Sheppard, Thirteen’s executive director of Children’s and Educational Programming, and Frances Nankin. Ellen Doherty is senior series producer.

Major funding for CYBERCHASE is provided by the National Science Foundation, Ernst & Young LLP, Northrop Grumman Corporation, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by The Volckhausen Family.


Thirteen/WNET New York is one of the key program providers for public television, bringing such acclaimed series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Wide Angle, Secrets of the Dead, NOW With David Brancaccio, and Cyberchase – as well as the work of Bill Moyers – to audiences nationwide. As the flagship public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, Thirteen reaches millions of viewers each week, airing the best of American public television along with its own local productions such as The Ethnic Heritage Specials, The Thirteen Walking Tours, New York Voices, and Reel New York. Thirteen extends the impact of its television productions through educational and community outreach projects – including the Celebration of Teaching and Learning – as well as Web sites and other digital media platforms. More information can be found at: www.thirteen.org.

Nelvana Limited is one of the world’s leading international producers and distributors of children’s programming and products. Its current stable of franchise properties includes Emmy Award®:-winning and globally renowned brands such as Rolie Polie Olie, Babar, Franklin and Beyblade. Nelvana is owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. The company’s other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.NV.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges. Corus’ website can be found at www.corusentertainment.com.

The National Science Foundation is an independent agency of the United States Government with a mandate to promote the progress of science and engineering in the United States. Given the strong relationship between research and education, the NSF’s mission includes strengthening the quality and effectiveness of the nation’s underlying human resource base. NSF’s cohesive and comprehensive set of education and human resources activities addresses every level of education. The NSF supports the development of stimulating, quality science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education that is vitally important to ensuring a diverse, scientific and technical workforce as well as a citizenry capable of mastering the scientific and technological concepts and skills needed by work, social and home environments of increasing technological sophistication.

PBS KIDS, for preschoolers, and PBS KIDS GO!, for early elementary school kids, are committed to providing the highest quality non-commercial content and learning environment for children across the country. Providing age-appropriate, diverse programming for kids, PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! programs consistently earn more prestigious awards than any other broadcast or cable network. Only PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! have earned the unanimous endorsement of parents, children, industry leaders and teachers. With additional PBS resources to complement its programming, including PBS KIDS online (pbskids.org), PBS KIDS GO! online (pbskidsgo.org), PBS Parents (pbsparents.org), PBS Teachers (pbs.org/teachers), PBS Ready To Learn services and literacy events across the country, PBS is providing the tools necessary for positive child development. PBS is a nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation’s 355 public television stations, serving nearly 90 million people each week and reaching 99% of American homes.

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