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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teaches about Arbor Day and the importance of trees using observation and other scientific methods. The "For Real" segment at the end of the show demonstrates why leaves turn colors through an experiment.
Always have your best friend's back. You can accomplish tasks with teamwork.
Positive Role Models
The main characters put their drama with Buzz and Delete to the side to help them solve a problem. The characters work together and promote science.
The Cyberchase crew is made up of Jackie, Inez, and Matt -- young scientists who represent different ethnic backgrounds and genders. The "For Real" segment at the end features a young black boy and ethnically ambiguous girl who do an experiment to figure out why leaves change colors.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cyberchase: Buzz and the Tree is an Arbor Day special that's part of the PBS Kids show Cyberchase. The show features a diverse group of problem solving kids -- Jackie (Novie Edwards), Matt (Jacqueline Pillon), and Inez (Annick Obonsawin) -- collectively called the CyberSquad, who use their knowledge of math and science to save the world from the evil villain, Hacker, with the help of their Cyberspace friend, Digit (Gilbert Gottfried). In this special episode, the CyberSquad puts their problems with Buzz and Delete (Hacker's minions) to the side to help them solve a problem and save their friendship. There is a lot to learn about nature, teamwork, and helping others.
Is It Any Good?
Besides solid science content, viewers learn important lessons about friendship and nature in this unique special. Cyberchase: Buzz and the Tree is an easy-to watch educational show because the focus on other issues makes learning feel natural. The "For Real" segment makes the learning real, with relatable kids and an experiment that kids will likely want to try…after planting a tree with their best friend, of course. Who knew we needed an Arbor Day special?
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