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Season 6


Episode 601: Digit’s B-Day Surprise

As they secretly carry a chocolate treat for Digit’s b-day across a hot desert, using the evaporation of water to keep it cool, Hacker tries to convince Digit join his team.

For Real segment: Trying to play tennis on a hot day, Harry keeps losing to Harley until he harnesses the power of evaporative cooling and defeats Harley without breaking a sweat.

Learning Goals

Your child can use the evaporation of water to cool an object on a hot day.

Topics: Measurement, Science & Engineering, Math & Weather: Evaporative Cooling


Episode 602: When Penguins Fly

Hacker traps Penguia’s penguins in an icy ravine so they can’t deliver holiday gifts and the kids must estimate how many there are to get the ice shoes they need to climb out.

For Real segment: New Year’s Eve, Harry enters a contest to estimate the number of people in Times Square and devises a clever way to make his estimate without even being there.

Learning Goals

When something is too large to count, your child can use a sample to make a close estimate of how much is there.

Topics: Using Numbers, Using Data, Population Sampling


Episode 603: Unhappily Ever After

Hacker releases Unhappy Endings in Happily-Ever-Afterville and our heroes must measure and cut lids for three nesting boxes to trap them again before sundown.

For Real segment: While practicing a dance, Bianca falls and breaks a table top so, to cut a new top, she first makes a template that is crooked until she learns how to make square corners.

Learning Goals

When your child needs to copy and cut a simple shape to fit something she is building, she can use that shape’s dimensions and other properties to copy and cut a new shape that matches her shape exactly.

Topics: Geometry, Measurement, Science & Engineering: Cutting to Fit


Episode 604: Escape from Merlin’s Maze

Hacker steals sorcerer magic and only Shari Spotter can stop him, but she is trapped by heavy stones and the team must experiment with levers to free her before it’s too late.

For Real segment: Bianca learns how to use a lever and fulcrum lifting a heavy stone at her job in the park, then starts a contest with a sign: “If you can’t lift this rock, you win a prize!”

Learning Goals

When your child needs to lift a weight too heavy to lift by himself, he can use a lever and follow a surprising rule: Multiply the length of your lever and you will similarly multiply the weight you can lift!

Topics: Pre-Algebra, Science & Engineering: Lever/Fulcrum


Episode 605: Step by Step

By breaking down a hard problem into simpler steps, the kids are able to build a bridge from an old sign to cross water filled with electric eels and rescue Dr. Marbles.

For Real segment: Harry has to put up a fence with different-size fence pieces to make a rectangular area, so to simplify the problem, he makes a diagram to see which pieces go where.

Learning Goals

When your child cannot solve a problem in a single step, she can tackle its parts one step at a time. Finding the answer to each step gives you new information you can build on to solve the problem.

Topics: Science & Engineering, Problem Solving: Multi-Step Problem Solving


Episode 606: Team Spirit

Zeus pits Team Hacker against Team Motherboard in a race and the kids must use their practice scores to set up their team so they have a chance to win.

For Real segment: At swim team practice for a relay race, Harley wants to swim breaststroke but Harry wants to figure out the best lineup by comparing each person’s times swimming each stroke.

Learning Goals

To choose the strongest lineup of players for a team competition, your child can use individual past performance
scores to predict how the team will do.

Topics: Using Numbers, Math & Sports


Episode 607: Jimaya Jam

Trapped in the Pyramid of Jimaya, the kids must defeat three ghosts in a game they don’t know, but once they diagram the game moves, it becomes easier to map their plays and win.

For Real segment: Bianca fills in as a basketball coach and learns how a diagram can help communicate plays clearly and effectively so the girls are able to win.

Learning Goals

Use diagrams as tools to communicate how the players and ball move in a sports play and your child can improve her game and plan winning team strategies.

Topics: Problem Solving, Math & Sports: Diagramming Team Plays


Episode 608: A Perfect Score

Matt figures out that using numbers gives judges a fair way to judge contestants and pick the winner.

For Real segment: When Natalie tries out for cheerleading, Bianca shouts her support and makes the judges so mad, Natalie gets a low score and Bianca has to promise not to go to anymore tryouts.

Learning Goals

When players in a sports event are judged by the quality of their performance, using numbers gives your child
a fair way to choose the winner.

Topics: Using Numbers, Math & Sports: Scoring Performance


Episode 609: Chaos as Usual

In a game of Slugball, our kids look for patterns in where Hacker’s monster players have hit the ball so they can predict where to stand to catch the ball and win.

For Real segment (broadcast only): To catch a foul ball at a ball game, Harry discovers a pattern to where righty and lefty fouls go and predicts where to stand to make a catch.

Learning Goals

Spot a pattern in a player’s performances and your child can predict what that player will do in a game.

Topics: Using Data, Math & Sports: Data Collection


Episode 610: Spheres of Fears

To crack a code and escape the Spheres of Fears, the kids and Digit figure out the relationship between the circumference and diameter of a circle.

For Real segment: Bianca confuses diameter with circumference and buys 3-inch instead of 9-inch diameter pie pans, but her friend makes tiny tarts instead that are a big hit at the sale.

Learning Goals

The circumference of every circle, no matter how big or small, is always a little more than three times its diameter.

Topics: Pre-Algebra, Geometry: Circles (Diameter/Circumference Relationship)

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