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Spaced (Episode #1013)

PBS Kids: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

A MESSAGE FROM SPACE Bob is building a radio telescope for Mei at the Observatory. Mei wants to test it by contacting her twin sister Lin on an orbiting space station. Lofty wants to make sure nothing damages the telescope, but ends up breaking it himself! Lofty offers to use his crane arm to position the telescope's dish and they are able to contact Lin. LEARNING GOALS: --To explore creative problem solving. --To understand concepts and vocabulary related to space, including telescopes, astronauts, space stations, and satellite dishes. BOB'S BADGES When Bob rewards the machines with stars for good work, Muck has the fewest. His efforts to earn more put the new restaurant's waiting area in jeopardy. The team works together to finish the job and everyone earns more stars for doing what they do best. LEARNING GOALS: --To learn the value of doing one's best. --To appreciate teamwork. --To learn the importance of helping others.

A Sinking Feeling (Episode #1011)

PBS Kids: Sun, Aug 20, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

IN TOO DEEP Bob must replace the jetties at the marina, but the ground is slippery, so Stretch has to do the digging. Scoop wants to dig too, but in trying to keep up with Stretch, he slides around and gets stuck. Scoop discovers that by spreading gravel he can grip the slippery ground and help finish the job. LEARNING GOALS: --To learn to follow directions. --To recognize one's limitations. --To explore creative problem solving. --To explore the concept of friction. MUCK THE SAFETY OFFICER Bob and the team are repairing a sinkhole on a busy road near the Flying Saucepan Restaurant. Muck wants to get a closer look but Bob gives him the role of safety officer on the other side of a safety barrier. When Bob is away, Muck sneaks a closer look and the road gives way under him. Bob tells Muck to stay still as Lofty pulls Muck back up to safety and the team is able to repair the road. LEARNING GOALS: --To understand the importance of safety at work and play. --To learn to follow directions. --To explore concepts of weight and weight-bearing structures.

Save The Day (Episode #1010)

PBS Kids: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

PHILLIP'S IMPORTANT JOB Phillip annoys Betsy by insinuating that his work driving Mayor Madison is more important than hers. But when he breaks down en route to Anish Bose's book launch at Fixham Castle, Phillip must accept Betsy's help. Later, Phillip's quick thinking helps the Mayor to deliver the speech she'd left behind. LEARNING GOALS: --To learn the importance of helping others. --To understand the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions. --To learn problem solving. --To recognize that vehicles need gas in order to run. SUPER SCOOP Bob is building an outdoor cinema in the park for the new Dash Lightning premiere. Scoop is inspired to become a superhero, dubbing himself "Super Scoop" and charges off in search of rescues. None of his rescues work and he ends up driving through the cinema screen - in need of rescuing himself! However, when Dash becomes stranded on the way to the premiere, Super Scoop goes to the rescue and personally escorts the movie star to the big event. LEARNING GOALS: --To understand the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions. --To recognize the importance of thinking before acting.

Wendy Lights It Up (Episode #1007)

PBS Kids: Fri, Aug 18, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

Starting at the Bottom (Episode #1012)

PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 17, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

BOB'S BIG SURPRISE When a large box is delivered while Bob and the team are installing vertical steels to form the basement of Spring City's new skyscraper, Scoop promptly assumes it's the surprise present he knows Wendy plans to give Bob for his birthday. Scoop's efforts to hide the box from Bob soon cause the build to grind to halt. Scoop recognizes his mistake and returns the missing package. The team uses the missing drill that's inside to quickly finish the job. LEARNING GOALS: --To learn the value of honesty. --To understand the consequences of making presumptions. --To understand the importance of communicating clearly. A SAFE SPACE FOR DIZZY Bob and the team are constructing a bank safe in the basement of the partially built skyscraper. Dizzy gets locked inside the safe, but she's the only one who knows the door code! To get out, she relays the code to Bob by tapping the numbers out on the safe wall. LEARNING GOALS: --To recognize the value of being aware and conscious of one's actions. --To explore creative problem solving. --To learn about codes.

A Sinking Feeling (Episode #1011)

PBS Kids: Wed, Aug 16, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

IN TOO DEEP Bob must replace the jetties at the marina, but the ground is slippery, so Stretch has to do the digging. Scoop wants to dig too, but in trying to keep up with Stretch, he slides around and gets stuck. Scoop discovers that by spreading gravel he can grip the slippery ground and help finish the job. LEARNING GOALS: --To learn to follow directions. --To recognize one's limitations. --To explore creative problem solving. --To explore the concept of friction. MUCK THE SAFETY OFFICER Bob and the team are repairing a sinkhole on a busy road near the Flying Saucepan Restaurant. Muck wants to get a closer look but Bob gives him the role of safety officer on the other side of a safety barrier. When Bob is away, Muck sneaks a closer look and the road gives way under him. Bob tells Muck to stay still as Lofty pulls Muck back up to safety and the team is able to repair the road. LEARNING GOALS: --To understand the importance of safety at work and play. --To learn to follow directions. --To explore concepts of weight and weight-bearing structures.

Save The Day (Episode #1010)

PBS Kids: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

PHILLIP'S IMPORTANT JOB Phillip annoys Betsy by insinuating that his work driving Mayor Madison is more important than hers. But when he breaks down en route to Anish Bose's book launch at Fixham Castle, Phillip must accept Betsy's help. Later, Phillip's quick thinking helps the Mayor to deliver the speech she'd left behind. LEARNING GOALS: --To learn the importance of helping others. --To understand the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions. --To learn problem solving. --To recognize that vehicles need gas in order to run. SUPER SCOOP Bob is building an outdoor cinema in the park for the new Dash Lightning premiere. Scoop is inspired to become a superhero, dubbing himself "Super Scoop" and charges off in search of rescues. None of his rescues work and he ends up driving through the cinema screen - in need of rescuing himself! However, when Dash becomes stranded on the way to the premiere, Super Scoop goes to the rescue and personally escorts the movie star to the big event. LEARNING GOALS: --To understand the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions. --To recognize the importance of thinking before acting.

Wendy Lights It Up (Episode #1007)

PBS Kids: Mon, Aug 14, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

Bob's Big Challenge (Episode #1006)

PBS Kids: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

MOVING HOUSE When Mayor Madison wants to save an old historic house that is dangerously close to a crumbling cliff, Bob and the team lift it onto Two-Tonne's flatbed to take it to a new site. Mr. Bentley accompanies the convoy and, being a keen bird watcher, he spots a nest of very rare eggs by the side of the road. To avoid disturbing it, Two-Tonne decides to take a different route through the city, but he misjudges the height of the bridge and the house gets stuck. Luckily Bob has a solution! He lets the air out of Two Tonne's tires so the vehicle becomes low enough to squeeze under the bridge and move to the new site. LEARNING GOALS: --To understand the value of teamwork. --To learn to ask for help. --To explore height. --To recognize the importance protecting animals and their nests. --To understand that tires are filled with air. CRANE PAIN The team is at the stadium construction site installing sections of concrete onto the steelwork. Lofty is excited to be working with Tiny and wants to impress him. Lofty doesn't admit to finding the concrete difficult to lift and he drops a section in front of the access way, trapping everybody inside the stadium. With some creative problem solving and collaboration, the team completes the job in time! LEARNING GOALS: --To learn to accept help. --To understand problem solving. --To understand that machines can lift heavy objects.

Don't Muck It Up (Episode #1005)

PBS Kids: Sat, Aug 12, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

* Bob and the team are working at the Zoo replacing Bella the elephant's enclosure to remind her of the wild. Muck and Scoop begin to prank each other, and Muck decides to hide inside the elephant house so he can jump out and surprise Scoop when Scoop passes by. But instead, Muck surprises poor Bella. Using ingenuity and roleplaying skills, Muck acts like an elephant and manages to calm the alarmed Bella down.
* Bob is building the jumps for Henry Corner's cross-country equestrian competition. Muck thinks the idea of jumping over things sounds like fun. Determined to find out, Muck sneaks away to build his own jump. But when he tests it out, he gets stuck. Lofty comes to the rescue, and Bob suggests using Muck's jump to finish the cross-country course.

Watch Out Pilchard (Episode #1004)

PBS Kids: Fri, Aug 11, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

* Tilly and Henry have asked Bob and the team to convert Fixham Castle into a spectacular wedding venue. When Scoop learns there will be a "Best Man," he volunteers to be "Best Machine. " But the job goes to his head as he tries to be the very best at everything, resulting in a disastrous wedding rehearsal. Scoop learns that he doesn't have to be the best at everything and that it is important to know your limits.
* Bob, Wendy and the team set out to build a tire shed for Curtis. When Muck shoos Pilchard out of his way, she suddenly vanishes. Leo and the machines run around looking for Pilchard, desperate to find her before Bob finds out that she's disappeared. When Muck admits that he had some part in her disappearance, they all discover that the cat had been sound asleep in his dumper the whole time.

What's Hatching? (Episode #1008)

PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 10, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

Bob's Big Challenge (Episode #1006)

PBS Kids: Wed, Aug 9, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

MOVING HOUSE When Mayor Madison wants to save an old historic house that is dangerously close to a crumbling cliff, Bob and the team lift it onto Two-Tonne's flatbed to take it to a new site. Mr. Bentley accompanies the convoy and, being a keen bird watcher, he spots a nest of very rare eggs by the side of the road. To avoid disturbing it, Two-Tonne decides to take a different route through the city, but he misjudges the height of the bridge and the house gets stuck. Luckily Bob has a solution! He lets the air out of Two Tonne's tires so the vehicle becomes low enough to squeeze under the bridge and move to the new site. LEARNING GOALS: --To understand the value of teamwork. --To learn to ask for help. --To explore height. --To recognize the importance protecting animals and their nests. --To understand that tires are filled with air. CRANE PAIN The team is at the stadium construction site installing sections of concrete onto the steelwork. Lofty is excited to be working with Tiny and wants to impress him. Lofty doesn't admit to finding the concrete difficult to lift and he drops a section in front of the access way, trapping everybody inside the stadium. With some creative problem solving and collaboration, the team completes the job in time! LEARNING GOALS: --To learn to accept help. --To understand problem solving. --To understand that machines can lift heavy objects.

Don't Muck It Up (Episode #1005)

PBS Kids: Tue, Aug 8, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

* Bob and the team are working at the Zoo replacing Bella the elephant's enclosure to remind her of the wild. Muck and Scoop begin to prank each other, and Muck decides to hide inside the elephant house so he can jump out and surprise Scoop when Scoop passes by. But instead, Muck surprises poor Bella. Using ingenuity and roleplaying skills, Muck acts like an elephant and manages to calm the alarmed Bella down.
* Bob is building the jumps for Henry Corner's cross-country equestrian competition. Muck thinks the idea of jumping over things sounds like fun. Determined to find out, Muck sneaks away to build his own jump. But when he tests it out, he gets stuck. Lofty comes to the rescue, and Bob suggests using Muck's jump to finish the cross-country course.

Watch Out Pilchard (Episode #1004)

PBS Kids: Mon, Aug 7, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

* Tilly and Henry have asked Bob and the team to convert Fixham Castle into a spectacular wedding venue. When Scoop learns there will be a "Best Man," he volunteers to be "Best Machine. " But the job goes to his head as he tries to be the very best at everything, resulting in a disastrous wedding rehearsal. Scoop learns that he doesn't have to be the best at everything and that it is important to know your limits.
* Bob, Wendy and the team set out to build a tire shed for Curtis. When Muck shoos Pilchard out of his way, she suddenly vanishes. Leo and the machines run around looking for Pilchard, desperate to find her before Bob finds out that she's disappeared. When Muck admits that he had some part in her disappearance, they all discover that the cat had been sound asleep in his dumper the whole time.

After Dark (Episode #1002)

PBS Kids: Sun, Aug 6, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

* While Bob and his team are building an underground car garage for Phillip at the Town Hall, Phillip sleeps in Bob's yard for the night with the rest of the machines. In the middle of the night, he accidentally scares an already intimidated Muck, who mistakes him for a ghost! In the commotion, the hydraulic jacks for the construction project are ruined. Muck comes up with an idea for how Bob and his team can get the garage finished before Mayor Snipe arrives.
* When the new Town Hall alarm keeps going off, Dizzy and Lofty are respectively excited and horrified by Mr Bentley's suggestion that it could be a ghost setting it off. Bob and Wendy eventually find the real culprits - bats that Bob accidentally trapped inside the chimney when he was working on it. To make sure the bats don't get hurt by living in the chimney, the team decides to create a new home for the bats on the roof.

Lofty's New Claw (Episode #1001)

PBS Kids: Sat, Aug 5, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

* Bob and Lofty are going to construct the museum's new pyramid exhibition building. Lofty is excited that he gets to use his new claw attachment. Upon arriving at the site, they discover that Tiny has already built most of the pyramid for an archaeologist, Anish Bose, who wants to put his exhibits inside the central chamber. Lofty wants to finish up the work by himself but places a stone at the entrance of the pyramid by mistake, trapping Bob, Wendy, and Anish inside! Lofty realizes that his eagerness to do too much on his own caused the problem, and that working as a team with Tiny is much better.
* While clearing trash from Fixham Beach, Lofty collects all of the driftwood he can find. Scoop is baffled that Lofty thinks the driftwood is beautiful and tries to throw it all away. When Muck hauls the debris to the dump, Lofty spots a prize piece of wood, and grabs it, causing the trash to fall back into the water! With creative problem-solving and teamwork, Bob uses the driftwood to create a floating barrier in order to collect the flotsam and jetsam. Later they use the driftwood to decorate the path to the beach. Even Scoop is impressed.

Playtime (Episode #924)

PBS Kids: Fri, Aug 4, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

Muck and the Elephant: Saffi has won a statue design competition and Bob and the team are turning her design into a water fountain for the shopping mall. Muck is chosen to deliver the statue and, in his excitement, accidently knocks the elephant statue into the wall and scrapes off its paint. In an effort to hide the statue, Muck damages it further and realizes that he must own up to his mistakes. Bob and the team work quickly to fix the statue and Muck returns to the site with a special find-Mr. Trunkers, Saffi's lost toy the statue is modelled after. Learning Goals: To show everyone can design. To show the benefit of taking responsibility for one's errors and actions as soon as they happen. The Spring City Clock :The Spring City Clock Competition has chosen its winner-the Spring City Rockets! Bob and the team are commissioned to build their design, but plans go awry when the construction date is on Recycling Day. In a rush, Leo gathers the wrong box to bring to the Recycling Center. When clock materials and Wendy's cell phone go missing, Leo and Wendy realize the mistake. Leo calls her phone and it rings from inside the Recycling Bay. They retrieve the box just in time to complete the clock. The clock's metal figures emerge to sound the bells and the Spring City Rockets are delighted--Wendy crafted the figures to resemble the four of them! Learning Goals: To demonstrate why paying attention, focusing, on the task is important. To use past experiences to problem solve.

Mind Out! (Episode #1003)

PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 3, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

* For his college course, Leo films the team building a drive-thru at the Milkshake Bar. Scoop's desperation to be the star of Leo's film causes disruption and eventually a crash on the drive-thru lane! The drive-thru and film are ruined. Scoop learns that he must let others do their work-he stays off camera as Leo films the team fixing the drive-thru, showing everything that can happen on a build.
* Roley is excited that Bob will be playing his saxophone with the town band as soon as the park bandstand has been renovated. Meanwhile, Leo is tidying up the warehouse at Bob's yard, but is distracted when he discovers he can make music using the leftover piping and old oil drums. When Roley accidentally rolls over and flattens the band's instruments, he is so upset that he rolls away to hide. Bob comes to Roley's rescue by suggesting they follow Leo's creative idea and use bits and pieces from the yard to make new instruments. Bob's 'Junk Band' is a great success and even Mayor Madison approves!

After Dark (Episode #1002)

PBS Kids: Wed, Aug 2, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

* While Bob and his team are building an underground car garage for Phillip at the Town Hall, Phillip sleeps in Bob's yard for the night with the rest of the machines. In the middle of the night, he accidentally scares an already intimidated Muck, who mistakes him for a ghost! In the commotion, the hydraulic jacks for the construction project are ruined. Muck comes up with an idea for how Bob and his team can get the garage finished before Mayor Snipe arrives.
* When the new Town Hall alarm keeps going off, Dizzy and Lofty are respectively excited and horrified by Mr Bentley's suggestion that it could be a ghost setting it off. Bob and Wendy eventually find the real culprits - bats that Bob accidentally trapped inside the chimney when he was working on it. To make sure the bats don't get hurt by living in the chimney, the team decides to create a new home for the bats on the roof.

Lofty's New Claw (Episode #1001)

PBS Kids: Tue, Aug 1, 2017 -- 1:00 PM

* Bob and Lofty are going to construct the museum's new pyramid exhibition building. Lofty is excited that he gets to use his new claw attachment. Upon arriving at the site, they discover that Tiny has already built most of the pyramid for an archaeologist, Anish Bose, who wants to put his exhibits inside the central chamber. Lofty wants to finish up the work by himself but places a stone at the entrance of the pyramid by mistake, trapping Bob, Wendy, and Anish inside! Lofty realizes that his eagerness to do too much on his own caused the problem, and that working as a team with Tiny is much better.
* While clearing trash from Fixham Beach, Lofty collects all of the driftwood he can find. Scoop is baffled that Lofty thinks the driftwood is beautiful and tries to throw it all away. When Muck hauls the debris to the dump, Lofty spots a prize piece of wood, and grabs it, causing the trash to fall back into the water! With creative problem-solving and teamwork, Bob uses the driftwood to create a floating barrier in order to collect the flotsam and jetsam. Later they use the driftwood to decorate the path to the beach. Even Scoop is impressed.

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