What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cyberchase 3D Builder is a geometry game for young users starring the characters Buzz and Delete from the PBS math series Cyberchase. Kids swipe and rotate to fold 2-D shapes in such a way that a 3-D shape, or building, is formed. The goal is to help rebuild a town that was accidentally flattened. Buzz and Delete encourage kids to do their best in a fun and playful way; kids try to earn up to three stars for completing each building. Learning increases in difficulty as kids make their way through eight levels.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will have fun helping Buzz and Delete rebuild the city while they learn about geometry.
Challenges increase in difficulty, and the visual displays support conceptual learning.
Hints and visual aids help struggling kids. A parents' section on the PBS Kids website provides additional activities and parent tips.
What's it about?
CYBERCHASE 3D BUILDER is an app based on the popular PBS math series Cyberchase. To help rebuild a city that was accidentally flattened by robots Buzz and Delete, kids create 3-D shapes, or buildings, from 2-D shapes. There are eight levels of gameplay that increase in difficulty, with the final level challenging kids to create and stack multiple 3-D shapes to form a complex structure. Kids can earn stars for speed and accuracy, and they must complete a level to unlock the next one. Once kids complete all levels and have rebuilt the city, a fun fireworks display rains over the city.
Is it any good?
The fun characters and story line in Cyberchase 3D Builder will engage kids as they help rebuild the city of Botopolis. The visual aspect of the game is one of its greatest strengths -- kids can see firsthand how 2-D shapes transform into 3-D shapes. This is an essential step when learning about geometric figures, and the app does a great job with this since kids directly interact with the transformation. Buzz and Delete are encouraging and helpful, providing subtle hints when kids struggle. If they're really stuck, kids can tap the help icon for more detailed hints and visual aids. It's a fun and engaging way for kids to build a conceptual understanding of geometric figures and to develop important spatial-reasoning skills.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about 3-D shapes, their names, and geometric properties. For example, a cube is made of six sides or squares.
Give kids a picture of a 3-D shape and challenge them to draw the 2-D shapes that make it up.