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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers see the characters use their knowledge of math, an awareness of biodiversity, and reasoning skills to solve problems.
A diverse group of characters uses teamwork and collaborative thinking skills to solve problems that arise. When they make mistakes, they use what they learn to make better decisions in the future. The movie also touches on environmental issues and conservation and challenges to the survival of a variety of plant and animal species.
Positive Role Models
Ollie and the Cyberchase kids are smart and devoted to the cause of keeping Mother Board out of the clutches of the scheming Hacker. Adults are shown to be less wily, which lands them in trouble with Hacker, but their missteps make way for the kids to be the heroes.
Violence & Scariness
Fleeting moments of peril, but nothing scary.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Cyberchase Movie is part of the award-winning TV series Cyberchase, and centers on kids who use math and reasoning skills to solve problems. Here they explore plotting on a grid and comparing fractions to get the job done, but even younger kids with limited math experience will get something out of the characters' real-life application of numbers sense. What's more, they don't always succeed on their first try, but their willingness to work together is what ultimately makes them successful. This story also touches on conservation issues, so parents and kids can expand on these quality themes in ways that relate directly to them. Expect some fleeting moments of peril and a lot of naughty behavior from the story's villain, but nothing that will scare even young viewers.
Is It Any Good?
THE CYBERCHASE MOVIE celebrates the Emmy Award-winning series' 100th episode in fitting style, with an expanded 60-minute format that gives the characters more time to demonstrate the strong teamwork and problem-solving skills for which the show is known. Here the challenges are twofold: installing a safety lock to disable the catastrophic reset button, and ushering the animals to safety after the slime explosion Hacker wrought. To do this, the kids need cool heads, collaborative spirits, and a knowledge of proportions and fractions, which nicely illustrate real-world applications of math and reasoning skills.
But the learning potential doesn't stop there. Through Ollie's ranger work, kids are introduced to environmental issues with a focus on conservation, exploring how different biotopes thrive by meeting the needs of all of their residents. They also see what happens when outside forces restrict a biotope, sending ripple effects through neighboring habitats. In other words, it gives kids lots to think about and is a great way to introduce concepts of eco-awareness in your home.
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