New Season Of Emmy-Winning Cyberchase Encourages Kids To Get Active With Math

Featuring voices of Christopher Lloyd and Gilbert Gottfried, Season 10 highlights the intersection of math, health, and the environment

CYBERCHASE: STEP IT UP community program challenges kids and educators nationwide to increase daily steps

The CyberSquad is back in action on November 9 when all new episodes of the PBS KIDS math series CYBERCHASE premiere on PBS stations across the country. Produced by THIRTEEN, Season 10 takes kids on educational adventures involving math, health, and the environment – from encouraging kids to be active and eat well, to teaching kids about reducing waste and growing gardens. And today, for the first time, two full-length episodes are premiering online and on the PBS KIDS Video app ahead of the on-air premiere.



To extend the season’s health theme in communities, THIRTEEN partnered with ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy to develop CYBERCHASE: STEP IT UP, a program that inspires kids and educators to find opportunities to work more steps into their regular day while learning related concepts in math. Across the country, approximately 6,000 children will participate in the program, pursuing a collective goal of adding 30 million extra steps.

CYBERCHASE brings math to life with adventure, humor and kid-friendly themes,” said Sandra Sheppard, Executive Producer of CYBERCHASE and Director of Children’s & Educational Media at THIRTEEN. “This season, we’re excited to help foster positive and healthy habits in children and to tap into their love for nature.

Research has linked physical activity in children with physical and emotional benefits as well as positive academic outcomes,” said Daniel Hatfield, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at Tufts University Friedman School. “We collaborated with THIRTEEN with a shared goal of encouraging kids to get up and get moving, and the CYBERCHASE: STEP IT UP program motivates and excites kids to do just that.

New digital content from CYBERCHASE is on the way too. For teachers, CYBERCHASE will make lesson plans, video clips and the CYBERCHASE: STEP IT UP program guide available for free download through PBS LearningMedia, PBS’ digital media service for K-12 classrooms. Tips and activities for families will be available on PBS Parents. This spring, a new original web series and game will debut.

Season 10 CYBERCHASE premieres include:

“Fit To Be Heroes” – Monday, November 9th
The CyberSquad and their new friend Scanner embark on a quest to build a new Encryptor Chip for Motherboard and cure her virus. With Hacker in hot pursuit, the kids must run, ski, canoe and climb their way to the end of the mission.
Topics: Being Active; Data Representation/Tables

“A Recipe for Chaos” – Tuesday, November 10th
The CyberSquad discovers a popular new restaurant in Castleblanca is serving unhealthy food and Hacker is behind it all. To get Hacker to stop making his unhealthy food, Digit challenges him to a cook-off.
Topics: Healthy Meals; Data Representation/Pie Charts

“A Seedy Business” – Wednesday, November 11th
The citizens of Factoria are back to work but the benefactor of the toy factory is none other than Hacker, and he serves the employees unhealthy meals from vending machines. To get the Factorians out of Hacker’s clutches, the CyberSquad must show them how to grow their own food.
Seed to Table; Area

“Parks and Recreation” – Thursday, November 12th
Kids in glamorous Gollywood have no safe place to play. They discover an empty lot that can be converted to a park, but Hacker wants the lot for his new Gollywood Tower. When the CyberSquad learns Hacker is planning to use the tower to corrupt Motherboard’s hard drive, they go up against him at a city council hearing.
Topics: Built Environments; Data Collection and Representation/Surveys, Tally Marks

“Bottled Up” – Friday, November 13th
Radsters are an active bunch, but they have a big problem: water bottles. Way Cool Arena has been turned into a bottle dump, and the beloved skate park is next! The kids and Slider must find a way to get rid of the heaps of empties and reduce future waste while making sure Radsters stay healthy.
Topics: Water; Sampling, Multiplication

CYBERCHASE airs Monday-Friday at 4:30PM and Sundays at 11AM on THIRTEEN in New York. Parents can check listings for their local PBS station for broadcast times in their area and can also stream episodes for free anytime on the Cyberchase website or thePBS KIDS Video app. Continue reading

Chris Rock Returns To Host The Oscars®

Multi-hyphenate artist and filmmaker Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced. The 88th Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday, February 28, 2016, on the ABC Television Network. Rock previously hosted the 77th Oscars telecast in 2005.

Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” said Hill and Hudlin. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”

With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock most recently directed the comedy special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” which premiered this month on HBO. In 2014 he wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed feature “Top Five,” and in 2009 ventured into the documentary world as a writer, producer and star of “Good Hair.”

Rock has enjoyed ongoing success in both film and television as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. His feature acting credits include “I Think I Love My Wife,” which he also wrote and directed, “Head of State” (writer, producer and director), “Death at a Funeral” (also producer), and the first three films in the blockbuster “Madagascar” series, as the voice of Marty. His other acting credits include “The Longest Yard,” “Nurse Betty,” “2 Days in New York” and “Lethal Weapon 4.” In 2011 Rock made his Broadway debut starring in “The Motherfucker with the Hat,” which was nominated for six Tony Awards®, including Best Play. In television, Rock created, executive produced and narrated the series “Everybody Hates Chris,” which ran from 2005 to 2009 and was inspired by Rock’s childhood. He was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1990 to 1993.

Known internationally for his groundbreaking stand-up comedy, Rock has won four Emmy® Awards for his comedy series and specials, including “Chris Rock – Kill the Messenger,” “The Chris Rock Show” and “Chris Rock: Bring the Pain,” and has achieved record audience numbers around the world. He also has earned three Grammy® Awards for his comedy albums Never Scared, Bigger and Blacker and Roll with the New.

I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock. “It’s great to be back.

We share David and Reggie’s excitement in welcoming Chris, whose comedic voice has really defined a generation,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “He is certain to bring his amazing array of talents to this year’s show.”

Chris may be best known as a stand-up comic, but we think of him as a creative innovator in many other ways. He is unafraid in his artistry,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome him back to the Oscars.”

Chris Rock is a comedic powerhouse who will bring tremendous energy to the event, and we’re honored to have him,” said Paul Lee, President ABC Entertainment Group.