Cyberchase is the hit PBS KIDS GO! math series, that just relaunched with extensive multi-media math site for 8 to 11-year-olds.
Redesigned site features hundreds of videos, math games and hands-on
activities in support of cross-platform STEM learning.
Parents and teachers concerned about children falling behind in math can take heart that an online destination designed to captivate, entertain, and improve problem-solving and math skills is now bigger and better than ever. THIRTEEN for WNET New York Public Media, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers, and producer of Cyberchase, the Emmy Award®-winning PBS KIDS GO! math series for kids 8 to 11, has redesigned the Cyberchase website with all-new features and hundreds of videos, math games and hands-on activities in support of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning.
The online experience, relaunching today, captures the fun and adventure of the series while strategically engaging children in standards-based math concepts across different types of media. Produced with funding from The National Science Foundation (NSF), the site will take its place as one of the largest math resources on the web for kids. For nearly
50 years, WNET has been producing and broadcasting national and local documentary and children’s programming to the New York community.
“With a nine-year legacy of millions of kids, parents, educators and community organizations using our resources, Cyberchase is well-poised to be the number one destination for those seeking a content-rich and whimsical online math adventure,” says Sandra Sheppard, Executive Producer and Director of Children’s & Educational Media for WNET.
The website (PBSKIDSGO.org/cyberchase) brings together in one place all of
Cyberchase’s rich multi-media content – 94 episodes, hundreds of videos, including videos in Spanish, and 100+ math games and activities – and is a culmination of nine years’ research which demonstrates the power of Cyberchase to improve children’s problem-solving and math skills, and increase positive attitudes toward math.
The site is restructured for kids, parents and educators to make their favorite experiences more
thematically and mathematically linked, and easier than ever to find.
Executive Producer and Editorial Director Frances Nankin explains, “Recent NSFfunded research using Cyberchase revealed that engaging children with a combination of media on the same topic produces greater learning than using one medium alone. Our site’s new recommended content paths were informed by this research. We know this will serve kids well, and that parents and educators will love it.”
Central to the redesign are new recommended content paths — prompts designed to keep kids moving through math experiences across a single theme. When users select their favorite Cyberchase games or episodes to play, they automatically can choose
from other media selections related to the same math topic or character. With the all new Find It! page, users can browse through content organized by popular topics such as fractions, science & engineering and geometry.
Vice President of PBS KIDS Interactive Sara DeWitt notes, “STEM education is one of PBS KIDS GO!’s top priorities, and supporting math learning is a critical component of that, so we’re excited to relaunch Cyberchase’s online destination for kids. The site combines a variety of video and game content to help build critical math skills such as reasoning and problem solving, which we know play an integral role in school success.”
Visitors to the Cyberchase site will now discover:
o An exciting new look and feel that immerses users in the world of
Cyberchase and engages them in character- and math-driven adventures across
a vast media offering
o A Find It! section that allows users to navigate collections of content by math
topic or themes like Holidays and Money
o A video player on which kids can watch all of Cyberchase’s 94 full episodes
plus hundreds of short videos
o Videos En Español and videos with embedded games
o A math games area that features rotating recommendations for nearly 50
interactive games, including four immersive Quests
o An activities area that makes it easy to select fun, hands-on printables kids can do alone or with others both in and out of school
Targeted for kids 8 to 11, the redesigned Cyberchase site will also serve older and younger kids, along with parents and educators looking to bolster math learning with engaging – and entertaining – math content. It was developed and designed by Smashing Ideas, an interactive agency known for creating break-through, entertaining experiences for kids, tweens, teens and families across all screens.