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Size Me Up (Episode #124)

PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 16, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

Hacker plans to launch a new virus at Motherboard - one that will crash her hard drive once and for all so he can take over cyberspace. To stop the kids and Digit from getting in his way, he tricks them into a cybersite from which escape seems impossible. In a confounding juxtaposition of scale and size, the kids first find themselves in a land of giants - then become giants themselves in a land of little people. The kids must cope with these disparities in scale and size, and use their brainpower to escape and warn Motherboard before Hacker can launch his virus. The Big Idea: You can create an exact likeness of something--though one that is a different size--by multiplying the size of every part of your original by the same number. Math Topic: Scale and Size; NCTM Links: Geometry, Algebra.

Designing Mr. Perfect (Episode #503)

PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 16, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

Frustrated that she can't find Mr. Perfect, The Wicked Witch sets out to design him, by turning a frog into her Prince Charming. Unknowingly, however, Wicked captures and transforms Digit instead of a frog. Her sympathetic wand, Wanda (Danica McKellar), secretly alerts the CyberSquad who jump into action. Their problems multiply when a jealous Hacker kidnaps their cyboid pal. The kids must design an invention that can do two things: navigate a perilous swamp AND get to the top of a tall cliff. Can they pull off the rescue before it's too late? EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: Make a design - a plan for your invention - before you start building so you can make sure that it will function the way that you want it to.

A Reboot Eve to Remember (Episode #1105)

PBS Kids: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

It's that time of the year again: Reboot Day - when all of cyberspace celebrates a fresh start and all the bots make Reboot resolutions! It's Delete's favorite holiday, but Hacker is having none of it; he's in a foul mood because he's low on energy. Fortunately for him, the little windy town of Bottowa has a powerful energy source that'll put new pep in his step. Unfortunately for the Bottowans, this power source is what raises the big ball at the stroke of midnight on Reboot Eve (like dropping the big ball in Times Square, but in reverse), and their celebration is being broadcast live across Cyberspace! When Hacker steals the energy source, Delete is so upset that he decides to stay behind and join forces with the CyberSquad, who have come to help the poor little town from Virtual World-wide humiliation. To do this, they'll try to harness the natural power of the wind and build a giant windmill. But will they be able to finish it all by the stroke of midnight? And will Delete decide to stay in Bottawa forever?

The Wedding Scammer (Episode #211)

PBS Kids: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

Believing that the Wicked Witch is really the long lost daughter of a powerful king, Hacker agrees to marry her, convinced that their union will double his power and Motherboard will never be able to defeat him. What Hacker doesn't know is that Wicked has secretly hidden away the REAL long-lost daughter of the king and stolen her identity. The kids must think their way through an intricate series of puzzles to free the real daughter. Will they succeed and get back to the wedding before Hacker and Wicked say "I do"? Math Topic: Making Hard Problems Easier; NCTM Links: Problem Solving. *With special guest star Al Roker*

The Hacker's Challenge (Episode #801)

PBS Kids: Sun, Oct 14, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

To prove once and for all that he's smarter than the CyberSquad, Hacker challenges the kids and their friends to solve a series of puzzles. But this isn't just fun and games - the fate of cybersite Solaria hangs in the balance. Solve all the puzzles in under three hours, and Solaria is saved... but fail, and the favorite vacation spot will be reformatted into digital garbage!

Designing Mr. Perfect (Episode #503)

PBS Kids: Sun, Oct 14, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

Frustrated that she can't find Mr. Perfect, The Wicked Witch sets out to design him, by turning a frog into her Prince Charming. Unknowingly, however, Wicked captures and transforms Digit instead of a frog. Her sympathetic wand, Wanda (Danica McKellar), secretly alerts the CyberSquad who jump into action. Their problems multiply when a jealous Hacker kidnaps their cyboid pal. The kids must design an invention that can do two things: navigate a perilous swamp AND get to the top of a tall cliff. Can they pull off the rescue before it's too late? EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: Make a design - a plan for your invention - before you start building so you can make sure that it will function the way that you want it to.

Shari Spotter and the Cosmic Crumpets (Episode #311)

PBS Kids: Sat, Oct 13, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

Digit and the kids must help Shari Spotter (of Frogsnorts School for Sorcerers) make the magical Cosmic Crumpets before Hacker crashes the Sorcerer's Ball and becomes the most powerful magician in Cyberspace!

A Crinkle In Time (Episode #408)

PBS Kids: Sat, Oct 13, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

Digit and the kids go on a rescue mission to save Slider, searching for their friend all over a mysterious cybersite called Ticktockia. But it's all a big trick by Hacker, and Slider's not even there! And if the CyberSquad doesn't leave soon, they'll be stuck forever. Can they learn enough about gears to escape before the clock strikes 9? Only time will tell! EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: Watch carefully how two gears mesh and you can discover how their size and number of teeth affects the speed at which each turns.

The Wedding Scammer (Episode #211)

PBS Kids: Fri, Oct 12, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

Believing that the Wicked Witch is really the long lost daughter of a powerful king, Hacker agrees to marry her, convinced that their union will double his power and Motherboard will never be able to defeat him. What Hacker doesn't know is that Wicked has secretly hidden away the REAL long-lost daughter of the king and stolen her identity. The kids must think their way through an intricate series of puzzles to free the real daughter. Will they succeed and get back to the wedding before Hacker and Wicked say "I do"? Math Topic: Making Hard Problems Easier; NCTM Links: Problem Solving. *With special guest star Al Roker*

A Perfect Score (Episode #608)

PBS Kids: Fri, Oct 12, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

While enjoying a little R & R in Solaria, Hacker is delighted to see Wicked, who is also on vacation-but she's not alone! She's partnered with Nug Grommet, the handsome cyber-surfing champion in a dance contest. Turning even greener with jealousy, Hacker enters the contest to prove his superiority. Only there's one small problem-who can he coerce into being his partner? Enter the CyberSquad. Observing Jackie's prowess on the dance floor, Hacker has Buzz and Delete detain Inez, then forces Jackie to teach him the moves and dance with him in exchange for Inez's safe return. As the contest unfolds, it becomes apparent that the judges lack a workable scoring system to decide the winner. Determined to help Inez, Matt joins the judges to find a way to score the contest. And, as Wicked points out, it had better be fair or she will wreak her revenge! Should Matt give Hacker and Jackie a higher score than Wicked and Nug so Inez can go free? Or judge the contest fairly and hope Digit rescues Nezzie in time?

Designing Mr. Perfect (Episode #503)

PBS Kids: Thu, Oct 11, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

Frustrated that she can't find Mr. Perfect, The Wicked Witch sets out to design him, by turning a frog into her Prince Charming. Unknowingly, however, Wicked captures and transforms Digit instead of a frog. Her sympathetic wand, Wanda (Danica McKellar), secretly alerts the CyberSquad who jump into action. Their problems multiply when a jealous Hacker kidnaps their cyboid pal. The kids must design an invention that can do two things: navigate a perilous swamp AND get to the top of a tall cliff. Can they pull off the rescue before it's too late? EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: Make a design - a plan for your invention - before you start building so you can make sure that it will function the way that you want it to.

Shari Spotter and the Cosmic Crumpets (Episode #311)

PBS Kids: Thu, Oct 11, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

Digit and the kids must help Shari Spotter (of Frogsnorts School for Sorcerers) make the magical Cosmic Crumpets before Hacker crashes the Sorcerer's Ball and becomes the most powerful magician in Cyberspace!

A Crinkle In Time (Episode #408)

PBS Kids: Wed, Oct 10, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

Digit and the kids go on a rescue mission to save Slider, searching for their friend all over a mysterious cybersite called Ticktockia. But it's all a big trick by Hacker, and Slider's not even there! And if the CyberSquad doesn't leave soon, they'll be stuck forever. Can they learn enough about gears to escape before the clock strikes 9? Only time will tell! EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: Watch carefully how two gears mesh and you can discover how their size and number of teeth affects the speed at which each turns.

Invasion of the Funky Flower (Episode #1107)

PBS Kids: Wed, Oct 10, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

Contestants from all over Cyberspace have come to Gardenia, a gorgeous garden cybersite ruled by the Queen Mum, for its annual flower-growing contest. Hacker is sure his doofydill will win Tallest Flower, but when he loses to Inez and her happiolus, he is furious and plots a plant-based revenge. He flies off to a faraway site and brings back a funky flower - an invasive species! The funky flower emits a stinky odor that no one can handle - not even the Queen Mum. Worse, it also spreads quickly, steals water, hoards sunlight and crowds out all the native plants! The CyberSquad races against time to find ways to stop the funky flower. Can they rescue Gardenia before it - and Hacker - take over for good?

A Perfect Score (Episode #608)

PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 9, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

While enjoying a little R & R in Solaria, Hacker is delighted to see Wicked, who is also on vacation-but she's not alone! She's partnered with Nug Grommet, the handsome cyber-surfing champion in a dance contest. Turning even greener with jealousy, Hacker enters the contest to prove his superiority. Only there's one small problem-who can he coerce into being his partner? Enter the CyberSquad. Observing Jackie's prowess on the dance floor, Hacker has Buzz and Delete detain Inez, then forces Jackie to teach him the moves and dance with him in exchange for Inez's safe return. As the contest unfolds, it becomes apparent that the judges lack a workable scoring system to decide the winner. Determined to help Inez, Matt joins the judges to find a way to score the contest. And, as Wicked points out, it had better be fair or she will wreak her revenge! Should Matt give Hacker and Jackie a higher score than Wicked and Nug so Inez can go free? Or judge the contest fairly and hope Digit rescues Nezzie in time?

Codename: Icky (Episode #116)

PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 9, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

(topic: Codes) - In the watery depths of cybersite Aquari-yum, the kids and Hacker go in search of a giant cyber-slug, who feeds on pure energy. The kids and Digit travel underwater in two separate vessels, but Hacker has a listening device that taps into their communications system, allowing him to overhear their plans - and track every move they make. The kids outsmart Hacker by devising a series of codes so they can send messages back and forth in secret - even though Hacker can hear what they're saying. But unless the kids can reach the slug first, Hacker will use the slug to attack Motherboard's circuitry and disable her once and for all! The Big Idea: You can use a code (a communication system that substitutes one thing for another) to send top-secret messages as long as your code has an adjustable rule that can be reversed to read the message.

Shari Spotter and the Cosmic Crumpets (Episode #311)

PBS Kids: Mon, Oct 8, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

Digit and the kids must help Shari Spotter (of Frogsnorts School for Sorcerers) make the magical Cosmic Crumpets before Hacker crashes the Sorcerer's Ball and becomes the most powerful magician in Cyberspace!

Escape from Merlin's Maze (Episode #604)

PBS Kids: Mon, Oct 8, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

On the prowl for a new power source, Hacker descends on Frogsnorts School of Sorcery. His scheme? To steal Professor Stumblesnore's wand and harness its awesome magic to energize himself. Hacker's first task is to get star student Shari Spotter out of his way. He entraps Shari in Merlin's Maze by blocking her path with a series of heavy stone slabs. The CyberSquad learns of Shari's plight, but the slabs that block her escape are too heavy to move unaided. In their rescue mission, the kids experiment with levers and discover a proportional rule: Multiply the length of your lever and you will similarly multiply the weight you can lift. They free Shari, but not in time: Hacker has been successful and stolen Stumblesnore's magic! Is Shari's magic powerful enough to defeat him?

Invasion of the Funky Flower (Episode #1107)

PBS Kids: Sun, Oct 7, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

Contestants from all over Cyberspace have come to Gardenia, a gorgeous garden cybersite ruled by the Queen Mum, for its annual flower-growing contest. Hacker is sure his doofydill will win Tallest Flower, but when he loses to Inez and her happiolus, he is furious and plots a plant-based revenge. He flies off to a faraway site and brings back a funky flower - an invasive species! The funky flower emits a stinky odor that no one can handle - not even the Queen Mum. Worse, it also spreads quickly, steals water, hoards sunlight and crowds out all the native plants! The CyberSquad races against time to find ways to stop the funky flower. Can they rescue Gardenia before it - and Hacker - take over for good?

Plantasaurus! (Episode #1104)

PBS Kids: Sun, Oct 7, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

It's going to be a very special night in Cyberspace for Matt, Inez and Jackie. To show her appreciation for all they've done for her (and Cyberspace), Motherboard has invited the kids to have a slumber party with Digit in the newly refurbished and repainted Control Central! But a case of sneezes, itchy eyes and scratchy throats threatens to put a damper on the slumber fun. And to make matters worse, Hacker has his own surprises for Motherboard that night. Inspired by a B-Monster movie, Hacker makes his own Plantasaurus to finally get the best of Motherboard and take over Cyberspace. Can the kids get to the bottom of the problems inside Control Central before the problems outside come to their front door? It's going to be a very special night in Cyberspace for Matt, Inez and Jackie. To show her appreciation for all they've done for her (and Cyberspace), Motherboard has invited the kids to have a slumber party with Digit in the newly refurbished and repainted Control Central! But a case of sneezes, itchy eyes and scratchy throats threatens to put a damper on the slumber fun. And to make matters worse, Hacker has his own surprises for Motherboard that night. Inspired by a B-Monster movie, Hacker makes his own Plantasaurus to finally get the best of Motherboard and take over Cyberspace. Can the kids get to the bottom of the problems inside Control Central before the problems outside come to their front door?

The Fairy Borg Father (Episode #505)

PBS Kids: Sat, Oct 6, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

Delete is having a bad day. Hacker yelled at him and Buzz made fun of his first-ever invention, a "Bunny-Copter." When he wishes things were better, Delete discovers he has a Fairy Borg Father named Zanko, who appears and grants him nine wishes. Chaos ensues from Delete's wacky wishes, and the CyberSquad is called in. When Zanko & Matt end up stuck on a ledge inside hazardous Statico Chasm, Inez and Jackie must 'refine & optimize' the Bunny-Copter to rescue them. Can they do it in time? EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: When you have an invention that needs an improvement, identify the key feature that needs changing and vary it until the invention is as good as it can be.

Codename: Icky (Episode #116)

PBS Kids: Sat, Oct 6, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

(topic: Codes) - In the watery depths of cybersite Aquari-yum, the kids and Hacker go in search of a giant cyber-slug, who feeds on pure energy. The kids and Digit travel underwater in two separate vessels, but Hacker has a listening device that taps into their communications system, allowing him to overhear their plans - and track every move they make. The kids outsmart Hacker by devising a series of codes so they can send messages back and forth in secret - even though Hacker can hear what they're saying. But unless the kids can reach the slug first, Hacker will use the slug to attack Motherboard's circuitry and disable her once and for all! The Big Idea: You can use a code (a communication system that substitutes one thing for another) to send top-secret messages as long as your code has an adjustable rule that can be reversed to read the message.

Escape from Merlin's Maze (Episode #604)

PBS Kids: Fri, Oct 5, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

On the prowl for a new power source, Hacker descends on Frogsnorts School of Sorcery. His scheme? To steal Professor Stumblesnore's wand and harness its awesome magic to energize himself. Hacker's first task is to get star student Shari Spotter out of his way. He entraps Shari in Merlin's Maze by blocking her path with a series of heavy stone slabs. The CyberSquad learns of Shari's plight, but the slabs that block her escape are too heavy to move unaided. In their rescue mission, the kids experiment with levers and discover a proportional rule: Multiply the length of your lever and you will similarly multiply the weight you can lift. They free Shari, but not in time: Hacker has been successful and stolen Stumblesnore's magic! Is Shari's magic powerful enough to defeat him?

A Seedy Business (Episode #1003)

PBS Kids: Fri, Oct 5, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

The citizens of Factoria have been put back to work at a toy factory where they get free meals. The problem? The benefactor is none other than Hacker, and the meals all come from vending machines. The CyberSquad and their new friend--a little Factorian girl named Zoreen--suspect Hacker is up to no good, and they discover he's not making toys, but spy planes! To get the Factorians out of Hacker's clutches, the CyberSquad must show them how to grow their own food. Can they put Hacker out of business for good? Big idea: Delicious, healthful vegetables don't just come from the store. They grow from seeds - and you can grow (and eat) them yourself! Math concept: Area.

Plantasaurus! (Episode #1104)

PBS Kids: Thu, Oct 4, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

It's going to be a very special night in Cyberspace for Matt, Inez and Jackie. To show her appreciation for all they've done for her (and Cyberspace), Motherboard has invited the kids to have a slumber party with Digit in the newly refurbished and repainted Control Central! But a case of sneezes, itchy eyes and scratchy throats threatens to put a damper on the slumber fun. And to make matters worse, Hacker has his own surprises for Motherboard that night. Inspired by a B-Monster movie, Hacker makes his own Plantasaurus to finally get the best of Motherboard and take over Cyberspace. Can the kids get to the bottom of the problems inside Control Central before the problems outside come to their front door? It's going to be a very special night in Cyberspace for Matt, Inez and Jackie. To show her appreciation for all they've done for her (and Cyberspace), Motherboard has invited the kids to have a slumber party with Digit in the newly refurbished and repainted Control Central! But a case of sneezes, itchy eyes and scratchy throats threatens to put a damper on the slumber fun. And to make matters worse, Hacker has his own surprises for Motherboard that night. Inspired by a B-Monster movie, Hacker makes his own Plantasaurus to finally get the best of Motherboard and take over Cyberspace. Can the kids get to the bottom of the problems inside Control Central before the problems outside come to their front door?

The Fairy Borg Father (Episode #505)

PBS Kids: Thu, Oct 4, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

Delete is having a bad day. Hacker yelled at him and Buzz made fun of his first-ever invention, a "Bunny-Copter." When he wishes things were better, Delete discovers he has a Fairy Borg Father named Zanko, who appears and grants him nine wishes. Chaos ensues from Delete's wacky wishes, and the CyberSquad is called in. When Zanko & Matt end up stuck on a ledge inside hazardous Statico Chasm, Inez and Jackie must 'refine & optimize' the Bunny-Copter to rescue them. Can they do it in time? EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: When you have an invention that needs an improvement, identify the key feature that needs changing and vary it until the invention is as good as it can be.

Codename: Icky (Episode #116)

PBS Kids: Wed, Oct 3, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

(topic: Codes) - In the watery depths of cybersite Aquari-yum, the kids and Hacker go in search of a giant cyber-slug, who feeds on pure energy. The kids and Digit travel underwater in two separate vessels, but Hacker has a listening device that taps into their communications system, allowing him to overhear their plans - and track every move they make. The kids outsmart Hacker by devising a series of codes so they can send messages back and forth in secret - even though Hacker can hear what they're saying. But unless the kids can reach the slug first, Hacker will use the slug to attack Motherboard's circuitry and disable her once and for all! The Big Idea: You can use a code (a communication system that substitutes one thing for another) to send top-secret messages as long as your code has an adjustable rule that can be reversed to read the message.

A Change of Art (Episode #406)

PBS Kids: Wed, Oct 3, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

Statues of Hacker are popping up all across Cyberspace. It's his latest scheme - art therapy! Heartbroken after losing to the kids yet again, Hacker throws himself into sculpture and gives his work away. Problem is, wherever one turns up, the power goes off. The CyberSquad investigates to see what's causing all these changes. Is Hacker back to his old tricks? Or has he finally had a change of heart? And what's with the sparkly purple dots on the sculptures? EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: Use a line graph to picture change and your eyes can quickly tell you when and how things are changing.

A Seedy Business (Episode #1003)

PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 2, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

The citizens of Factoria have been put back to work at a toy factory where they get free meals. The problem? The benefactor is none other than Hacker, and the meals all come from vending machines. The CyberSquad and their new friend--a little Factorian girl named Zoreen--suspect Hacker is up to no good, and they discover he's not making toys, but spy planes! To get the Factorians out of Hacker's clutches, the CyberSquad must show them how to grow their own food. Can they put Hacker out of business for good? Big idea: Delicious, healthful vegetables don't just come from the store. They grow from seeds - and you can grow (and eat) them yourself! Math concept: Area.

Mother's Day (Episode #206)

PBS Kids: Tue, Oct 2, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

Special Holiday Episode!" It's Mother's Day in cyberspace - and Hacker is determined to ruin it for everyone, especially Motherboard, by derailing the train that picks up the rare and colorful Madre Bonitas. This beautiful flower symbolizes Mother's Day, and it must be harvested on this one day only. It's a race against time, as the kids and Digit try to repair the breaks in the line and save Mother's Day. The Big Idea: Use a decimal point to join tenths with whole numbers and you have a decimal system you can use to easily record, compare and combine whole numbers with fractions. Math Topic: Decimals; NCTM Links: Number and Operations.

The Fairy Borg Father (Episode #505)

PBS Kids: Mon, Oct 1, 2018 -- 7:00 AM

Delete is having a bad day. Hacker yelled at him and Buzz made fun of his first-ever invention, a "Bunny-Copter." When he wishes things were better, Delete discovers he has a Fairy Borg Father named Zanko, who appears and grants him nine wishes. Chaos ensues from Delete's wacky wishes, and the CyberSquad is called in. When Zanko & Matt end up stuck on a ledge inside hazardous Statico Chasm, Inez and Jackie must 'refine & optimize' the Bunny-Copter to rescue them. Can they do it in time? EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: When you have an invention that needs an improvement, identify the key feature that needs changing and vary it until the invention is as good as it can be.

Out of Sync (Episode #126)

PBS Kids: Mon, Oct 1, 2018 -- 6:30 AM

The balance and harmony of the Mount Olympus cybersite is controlled and protected by the Music of the Spheres. When Hacker disrupts this balance and throws the site into utter chaos, the kids and Digit have until sunset to make the sound of the music right! For the beat to go on, the kids must recreate the music and find the missing element in the musical pattern. The Big Idea: You can use mathematical patterns to create and understand memorable musical rhythms. Math Topic: Patterns in Music NCTM Links: Algebra, Connections.

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