‘Cyberchase’ kicks off its 20th year with a marathon of fan-favorite episodes and the return of guest star Christopher Lloyd
Cyberhunting, The Emmy-hit science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) series on PBS KIDS enters its 20th year, beginning with a marathon of fan-favorite episodes and the return of guest star Christopher Lloyd .
What is happening:
- It’s been 20 years and counts for the hit PBS series KIDS, Cyberhunting, which has been America’s longest running math series for 6-8 year olds.
- The Emmy-winning animated series that builds math power and environmental literacy in kids celebrates its 20th anniversary with new episodes and more this year.
- To mark the occasion, a special marathon of six Cyberhunting fan-picked episodes aired during PBS KIDS Family Night, which began last night, Friday, January 21 and continues through Sunday, January 23, from 7-10 p.m. ET on the PBS KIDS channel.
- Season 13 premieres Friday, February 25, 7-9 p.m. ET on PBS KIDS with the debut of four adventure-packed episodes. New interactive activities and resources that support the learning objectives of the innovative series will also be rolled out to the Cyberhunting website the same month.
- Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, which trapped Roger Rabbit), who has been on the show since its inception, reprises his Emmy-nominated role as the villainous Hacker. New episodes reunite with the series’ intrepid heroes, Jackie, Matt, Inez and Digit, tackling a range of hot environmental topics – from light and water pollution, invasive species and coral reefs to sustainable design , transportation, biodiversity and trees – using their math and problem-solving skills to save the day.
- Each episode will be accompanied by live epilogues, titled Cyberhunting: for real, that connect the mathematical and environmental concepts presented in the animation to the real world. A theme throughout the season is how the environment is interconnected, how one part can impact another, and how even small actions can lead to big changes.
- Over the years, many celebrities have lent their voices to the series, including Matthew Broderick, Jane Curtin, Jasmine Guy, Tony Hawk, Marcus Samuelsson, Jaden Michael, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelly McCreary, Rico Rodriguez, Danica McKellar and Al Roker.
- Cyberhunting started in 2002 with a focus on math and quickly became one of the leading math-related brands in children’s media. Over 30 independent research studies have shown that Cyberhunting viewers understand and remember the mathematical content of the episodes they watch. In addition, they have a more positive attitude, more self-confidence and more motivation towards mathematics and problem solving than non-viewers.
- Cyberhunting also reaches children, parents, caregivers and teachers through interactive learning games, bilingual classroom and family activities, apps, text messaging and community outreach. Cyberhunting offers digital games for kids with a wide range of abilities, including the all-new Duck Dash, in which children use their math skills in a high-flying migratory adventure. In the spring of 2022, Cyberhunting will continue its community outreach campaign, “Green It Up”, which offers kid-centered math and environmental science activities – from a photosynthesis experiment to craft activities using recycled materials – to chains of public television and partners across the country.
What they say :
- Christopher Lloyd: “I love playing The Hacker because he’s so important and yet so silly. I feel good doing something for young people that’s both imaginative and educational. When kids think about how the characters solve problems using logic and math, the solutions they come up with can also be applied in their own lives. It was a wonderful experience to participate in this.
- Sara DeWitt, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PBS KIDS: “We are delighted to celebrate 20 years of Cyberhunting on PBS KIDS. Kids across the country continue to connect with these characters, stories and, as one viewer noted, “cool ways to do math.” We look forward to more quality content for families.
- Sandra Sheppard, executive producer of Cyberhunting: “Cyberhunting engages young thinkers with engaging stories that explore important mathematical and environmental concepts and exemplify creative, collaborative problem solving. We look forward to celebrating this special anniversary with children and families across the country and continuing our mission to educate and entertain our audiences.