Cyberchase "The Hacker’s Challenge" on WXXI-TV

Cyberchase "The Hacker’s Challenge" on WXXI-TV

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 3:30pm
Pictured: The CyberSquad

Credit: WNET

Tune into the all-new season of Cyberchase beginning June 25 on PBS KIDS GO!

With the fate of Solaria at stake, the CyberSquad and their friends must invent quick and easy strategies to solve Hacker’s tricky number puzzles.

Cyberchase "The Hacker’s Challenge" airs Friday, June 25 at 3;30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Catch new episodes of Cyberchase Fridays at 3:30 p.m. all summer long.

Kicking off Cyberchase’s eighth season, the Cyberchase Summer Challenge premieres on June 25 on PBS KIDS GO!, featuring eight straight weeks of new and encore episodes, new interactive content and new nationwide outreach initiatives to engage kids in fun, math-based challenges all summer long.  The initiative is designed to address the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) enrichment during the summer months and kick-starts the hot summer season with cool, all-new episodes.

“Summer is a time when children are at risk for losing gains in math learning if they are not offered educationally sustaining math activities,” said Sandra Sheppard, Cyberchase Executive Producer.  “It’s also a time when children’s TV viewing increases.  We’re using this opportunity to boost kids’ exposure to fun, summer learning through new episodes, new web games, new hands-on activities and events around the country.”

“We’re thrilled to be offering a multimedia initiative that brings together national and local efforts to engage kids in essential – and exciting – math learning during the summer to help them gear up for the new school year,” said Neal Shapiro, WNET.ORG President and CEO.  “I can’t think of a better vehicle for this initiative than Cyberchase – the only math show for school-age kids on television with a proven positive impact on kids’ motivation and attitude toward math and problem solving.”

The eight-week Summer Challenge features five new Cyberchase episodes that air Fridays from June 25 through July 23, followed by three popular encore episodes from July 30 through August 13.  This season, the CyberSquad encounters some of their trickiest situations yet, and a new villain named Ledge arrives in Cyberspace to turn the tables on Hacker as well as the kid heroes.  The Hacker (voiced by Christopher Lloyd) comes face-to-face with his new nemesis, and the CyberSquad, with the help of their bird pal Digit (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried), must work overtime to save Cyberspace from the villains’ havoc.  Ledge appears in two episodes on July 16 and July 23.

The math adventures continue at Cyberchase Online (, where a series of eight weekly challenges launch Fridays from June 25 through August 13 to keep kids actively engaged with math at home.  Kids can earn points and collect fun online rewards for their gameplay all summer long.   The weekly challenges include building your very own Cyberchase web games to share with other kids, printing and completing do-at-home activities and taking trivia quizzes related to the week’s broadcast episode.

For even more summer fun, the Cyberchase Facebook page ( will feature sneak peeks at the new episodes, fan events, exclusive behind-the-scenes videos, photos and more related to the Summer Challenge.