MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Cyberchase (2002)
Educational~Broadcasting~Corporation
Highly Rated!
Note: This work of mathematical fiction is recommended by Alex for children.

Three kids go inside "cyberspace" to help the maternal Mother Board fight the evil Hacker. Each episode, in addition to learning about computers, the kids have to develop their mathematical skills to save the day.

"Intelligent - and current wrt today's world. My 6yo enjoys it and LEARNS, as do I." says Website visitor Elizabeth Koziel.

"Cyberchase=Best kid's show ever.
Delete=Best robot character ever.
Enough said. =)" (Contributed by Anonymous)

"this show I would say is 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000007840 times better than powerpuff girls and bugs bunny. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (Contributed by severin murray)

"This is an amazing way to get kids interested in math without them knowing they are actually learning. My 5 year old LOVES the show. The program has a cartoon story where 3 kids use problem solving and mathematical topics to save 'Motherboard'. After the cartoon segment a real person applies the same math principle to a real situation. EXCELLENT SHOW!" (Contributed by R. Kauffman)

"I love this show for my son. He is 6 years old and has high-functioning autism. He is in 1st grade and is just starting to learn long division, so the way the show takes math principles and applies them to real life situations helps him "get it" even better. This is one of the few shows that grabs his attention and keeps for the entire episode. " (Contributed by Anonymous)

"Excellent show!! My two girls, age 4 and 2, watch this one. Even at this early age the influence is evident and they get something. Would love to see more shows like this, where kids really learn something!!!" (Contributed by Finn Augensen)

Contributed by Alena Marbles

I didn't use to like this show, but that was because I didn't give it much of a chance. My friends dragged me into it, and now I love it! I have to give all the credit for the tuff female leaders/residents of Cyberspace, these gals know what they're up against even when all seems lost! (These girls being Lady Ada Lovelace- -Lady L is my personal favorite on the whole show- -Glowla, Ms. Fileshare, Ava, etc. Jackie I like, too! And even though Wicked's a villian, she knows how to give EVERYbody what for!) This show is really fun, especially the new ones. Whoever said grrls cannot do math has never meant Lady L...or me!

Contributed by PRDMAMA

Cyberchase was the best cartoon - the best SHOW - on TV for my kids. They enjoyed it on every level. Childrens' programming should ALL be this appropriate. Now that it's gone, most of what's left is mindless and/or violent drivel.

More information about this work can be found at pbskids.org.
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Works Similar to Cyberchase
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Math Patrol by TV Ontario
  2. Young Beaker by J.T. Lamberty, Jr.
  3. Star, Bright by Mark Clifton
  4. Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers by Pendred Noyce
  5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  6. Pythagoras Eagle & the Music of the Spheres by Anne Carse Nolting
  7. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka / Lane Smith (illustrator)
  8. The Boy Who Reversed Himself by William Sleator
  9. Another New Math by Alex Kasman
  10. Simpsons (Episode: Homer3) by John Swarzwelder / Steve Tomkins / David S. Cohen
Ratings for Cyberchase:
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Mathematical Content:
3.91/5 (25 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3.96/5 (25 votes)
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction, Children's Literature,
Motif
TopicComputers/Cryptography,
MediumTelevision Series or Episode,

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