Cyberchase

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Site based on PBS show is online learning at its best.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 19 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can build their math, critical thinking, and reading comprehension skills through engaging games, activities, and challenges that emphasize math concepts and computation. Interactive games -- such as finding the shortest bike route to the library, sorting zoo animals by type in a venn diagram, and fixing a broken railroad using decimals -- can build kids' confidence and excitement about math. Kids can't review past performances, but that won't keep them away from these engaging, confidence-building activities.

Positive Messages

Kids can have fun solving problems and learning math computation, logic, map skills, storytelling, and more. Boys and girls are equally capable in math.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fun, educational, keep-'em-coming-back-for-more site is the online version of PBS television's popular math cartoon Cyberchase. For kids new to reading, some elements here may be too challenging, while others can be played with a simple knowledge of basic numbers and good listening skills. Kids who are reading independently are likely to find this site highly engaging, whether or not they gravitate naturally to math.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjomu7931 September 7, 2015

Cyberchase: Rescuing Ecotopia

This game is suitable for students in grades PreK- 1st Grade (4-6 years old). The game covers topics in the Social Studies arena, as well as Environmental Educa... Continue reading
Parent of a 6-year-old Written bydhudlow March 20, 2011

Good for 6/7 year olds, might need some help from mom/dad

does a good job of promoting reading and thinking skills. Kids have to do things like record wind speed for various areas and pick the highest wind area to pla... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMusiclovergig June 29, 2020

Good one for kids

Website for the show it’s gotta be good.
Kid, 9 years old November 11, 2016

I love cyberchase!

I love this show because when I started watching Cyberchase I had no idea what fractions were and how to multiply numbers. After I had watched at least two of t... Continue reading

What's it about?

You'll find a colorful, futuristic hub with easy-to-navigate games, videos, and activities. Central to the site is a video player that holds episodes of the PBS show on which the website is based, as well as related web shorts. There are a variety of games framed as quests, and short polls for kids with questions such as, \"What magazines would you subscribe to?\" Parent and teacher portals offer more about the site's features and the show's research base.

Is it any good?

Cyberchase is online education at its best. Elementary school math rarely gets presented online in the dynamic yet practical ways that it does here. If your child is already familiar with the lovable Cyberchase cast including Inez, Jackie, Matt, and the not-so-lovable Hacker, they will quickly jump into the games, quests, videos, and creative options here. Even for kids who don't watch the show, the creative multistep games -- like Cyberlympics and Eco-Haven Quest -- will likely have them brainstorming solutions to real-life situations in the make-believe cyberworld without even realizing they're in the midst of a math lesson.

Online interaction: Vote on poll questions, send in comments and drawings, create e-cards to send to friends with email accounts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why math education is important. Play some of the games here with your kids and discuss how these skills are used in your everyday life.

  • If your child really likes this site, as many do, ask him or her why. Their answer might give you some clues for how to use computers, the Internet, and other forms of media to their educational advantage. Read Common Sense Media's Expert Article: Making the case for teaching with new media.

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