The Prime Radicals. [No. 125], A Balancing Act


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The Prime Radicals. [No. 101, 2011-01-15], Rule of Thumb
Summary: "Take one healthy measure of math blend in two cousins and their wacky Uncle Norm. Mix in music, mayhem, lots of laughs, and a big serving of learning. It's a formula that amounts to plenty of mathemagical fun with the Prime Radicals! This new series for kids aged 6-8 is compelling and entertaining and uses humourous, real-world scenarios to make numbers cool for kids, based on the math curriculum for young learners.

"Each episode takes viewers to Uncle Norm's workshop, usually the scene of his latest misadventure, where the Radicals, cousins Kevin and Alanna, come to the rescue every time!

"Why Math? Most school-aged children do not equate mathematics with fun-- often they say they do not like math nor do they believe that they are good at math. This negative disposition towards mathematics saps motivation, and inhibits learning. Mathematics is in need of an extreme make-over!

"The purpose of this series is to bring the magic of mathematics to life using everyday objects such as quilts, bar codes, and music. While its primary goal is to engage children in a broad spectrum of real-word mathematics problems and applications that span age-appropriate content, a secondary goal is to engage parents and other adults in complementary 'kitchen-table' mathematics. To this end, the series aims to purposefully engage a community of mathematics learners of many ages, supporting and extending the mathematics teaching and learning that occurs in schools while concomitantly inviting both children and adults into a world of incidental learning that makes the implicit mathematics of everyday objects and events accessible and fun.

"We have worked with one of Canada's top math consultants, Dr. Lynda Colgan, Associate Professor with the Faculty of Education at Queen's University in Kingston and a member of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Group, to ensure that the series meets both the North American math curriculae needs as well as those of teachers, parents and children. Dr. Colgan's long list of accomplishments includes authoring a children's book, Mathemagic, which was released in 2011 by Kids Can Press and has been nominated for a 2012 Silver Birch Award for Children's Non-Fiction.

"Along the way we have focus tested our series, and the interactive website, with both educators and audiences, in order to meet user expectations and viewing experiences. The production team paid meticulous attention to every detail of the production from language, to wardrobe to the components of the graphics within the series and the website. Every element was vetted with our content consultants. The series is currently being requested by educators across Canada and our distributors are making broadcast sales around the world. Museums and science centres have also used episodes of the series as part of their math and science youth programs, with feedback coming back 100% positive.

"We believe we have exemplified excellence in every aspect of The Prime Radicals, and this has been supported by the ever increasing interest in the program and its website by educators, parents, institutions and children. We are currently preparing for our second season of production."--2011 Peabody Awards entry form.

This is episode 101, Rule of Thumb.

Corporate Producers: GAPC Entertainment (Firm) | TVOntario

Persons Appearing: Norm MacQueen | Alanna Bale | Kevin Wang | Ayda Khan

Broadcast Date: 2011-01-15

The Prime Radicals. [No. 114], Leader of the Pack
Summary: "Take one healthy measure of math blend in two cousins and their wacky Uncle Norm. Mix in music, mayhem, lots of laughs, and a big serving of learning. It's a formula that amounts to plenty of mathemagical fun with the Prime Radicals! This new series for kids aged 6-8 is compelling and entertaining and uses humourous, real-world scenarios to make numbers cool for kids, based on the math curriculum for young learners.

"Each episode takes viewers to Uncle Norm's workshop, usually the scene of his latest misadventure, where the Radicals, cousins Kevin and Alanna, come to the rescue every time!

"Why Math? Most school-aged children do not equate mathematics with fun-- often they say they do not like math nor do they believe that they are good at math. This negative disposition towards mathematics saps motivation, and inhibits learning. Mathematics is in need of an extreme make-over!

"The purpose of this series is to bring the magic of mathematics to life using everyday objects such as quilts, bar codes, and music. While its primary goal is to engage children in a broad spectrum of real-word mathematics problems and applications that span age-appropriate content, a secondary goal is to engage parents and other adults in complementary 'kitchen-table' mathematics. To this end, the series aims to purposefully engage a community of mathematics learners of many ages, supporting and extending the mathematics teaching and learning that occurs in schools while concomitantly inviting both children and adults into a world of incidental learning that makes the implicit mathematics of everyday objects and events accessible and fun.

"We have worked with one of Canada's top math consultants, Dr. Lynda Colgan, Associate Professor with the Faculty of Education at Queen's University in Kingston and a member of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Group, to ensure that the series meets both the North American math curriculae needs as well as those of teachers, parents and children. Dr. Colgan's long list of accomplishments includes authoring a children's book, Mathemagic, which was released in 2011 by Kids Can Press and has been nominated for a 2012 Silver Birch Award for Children's Non-Fiction.

"Along the way we have focus tested our series, and the interactive website, with both educators and audiences, in order to meet user expectations and viewing experiences. The production team paid meticulous attention to every detail of the production from language, to wardrobe to the components of the graphics within the series and the website. Every element was vetted with our content consultants. The series is currently being requested by educators across Canada and our distributors are making broadcast sales around the world. Museums and science centres have also used episodes of the series as part of their math and science youth programs, with feedback coming back 100% positive.

"We believe we have exemplified excellence in every aspect of The Prime Radicals, and this has been supported by the ever increasing interest in the program and its website by educators, parents, institutions and children. We are currently preparing for our second season of production."--2011 Peabody Awards entry form.

This is episode 114, Leader of the Pack.

Corporate Producers: GAPC Entertainment (Firm) | TVOntario

Persons Appearing: Norm MacQueen | Alanna Bale | Kevin Wang | Ayda Khan

Broadcast Date: 2011

The Prime Radicals. [No. 125], A Balancing Act
Summary: "Take one healthy measure of math blend in two cousins and their wacky Uncle Norm. Mix in music, mayhem, lots of laughs, and a big serving of learning. It's a formula that amounts to plenty of mathemagical fun with the Prime Radicals! This new series for kids aged 6-8 is compelling and entertaining and uses humourous, real-world scenarios to make numbers cool for kids, based on the math curriculum for young learners.

"Each episode takes viewers to Uncle Norm's workshop, usually the scene of his latest misadventure, where the Radicals, cousins Kevin and Alanna, come to the rescue every time!

"Why Math? Most school-aged children do not equate mathematics with fun-- often they say they do not like math nor do they believe that they are good at math. This negative disposition towards mathematics saps motivation, and inhibits learning. Mathematics is in need of an extreme make-over!

"The purpose of this series is to bring the magic of mathematics to life using everyday objects such as quilts, bar codes, and music. While its primary goal is to engage children in a broad spectrum of real-word mathematics problems and applications that span age-appropriate content, a secondary goal is to engage parents and other adults in complementary 'kitchen-table' mathematics. To this end, the series aims to purposefully engage a community of mathematics learners of many ages, supporting and extending the mathematics teaching and learning that occurs in schools while concomitantly inviting both children and adults into a world of incidental learning that makes the implicit mathematics of everyday objects and events accessible and fun.

"We have worked with one of Canada's top math consultants, Dr. Lynda Colgan, Associate Professor with the Faculty of Education at Queen's University in Kingston and a member of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Group, to ensure that the series meets both the North American math curriculae needs as well as those of teachers, parents and children. Dr. Colgan's long list of accomplishments includes authoring a children's book, Mathemagic, which was released in 2011 by Kids Can Press and has been nominated for a 2012 Silver Birch Award for Children's Non-Fiction.

"Along the way we have focus tested our series, and the interactive website, with both educators and audiences, in order to meet user expectations and viewing experiences. The production team paid meticulous attention to every detail of the production from language, to wardrobe to the components of the graphics within the series and the website. Every element was vetted with our content consultants. The series is currently being requested by educators across Canada and our distributors are making broadcast sales around the world. Museums and science centres have also used episodes of the series as part of their math and science youth programs, with feedback coming back 100% positive.

"We believe we have exemplified excellence in every aspect of The Prime Radicals, and this has been supported by the ever increasing interest in the program and its website by educators, parents, institutions and children. We are currently preparing for our second season of production."--2011 Peabody Awards entry form.

This is episode 125, A Balancing Act.

Corporate Producers: GAPC Entertainment (Firm) | TVOntario

Persons Appearing: Norm MacQueen | Alanna Bale | Kevin Wang | Ayda Khan

Broadcast Date: 2011