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Cyberchase

Learning Goals


Cyberchase shows kids that math is everywhere and everyone can be good at it! The series and supporting web games and activities encourage kids to see, think, and do mathematics in their world. In addition to being tons of fun, all content has been carefully designed to support math education and reflect national curriculum standards.

Targeted at children aged 8 to 11, the overall goals of Cyberchase are:

  • to foster enthusiasm for math in the critical years when too many children decide they do not like or are not good at the subject;
  • to model math reasoning and help children improve their problem-solving skills;
  • to demonstrate the usefulness of math; and
  • to inspire all children to approach math with confidence and a “can-do” attitude.

Cyberchase’s educational philosophy is based on research and supported by evaluation through the entire development process. More than 20 formative studies and several summative studies have tested our:

  • Characters and stories
  • Sample programs
  • Outreach and family activities
  • Website and games
  • Children’s math attitudes and skills
  • Cumulative benefits of the series, website and activities

The results? Cyberchase increases children’s knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm for mathematics.


NSF Study Shows Cyberchase TV Series + Online Learning Tools = Enhanced Math Learning

A landmark, three-year study of Cyberchase confirmed that multiple media, such as the combination of television and online tools, can strengthen children’s learning and their motivation to tackle related subject matter in a variety of situations.

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and conducted by MediaKidz Research & Consulting, Indiana University and Michigan State University, the independent study found that children who used Cyberchase media showed significantly greater gains in math problem-solving performance. They used a wider variety of strategies, applied them more effectively, and not only learned from each medium, but transferred their learning from one medium while learning from another.

All Cyberchase research studies are available at informalscience.org.


Produced by: Funding is provided by:
WNET logo   National Science Foundation logo Northrop Grumman logo Ernst & Young logo Corporation for Public Broadcasting logo
Additional funding provided by the Volckhausen Family

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