Secret government agencies . . . otherworldly occurrences . . . top-secret labs filled with ingenious inventions . . . are just a few of the features that will draw elementary-aged children into the world of Odd Squad, a well-crafted live-action series celebrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with clear explanations and tongue-in-cheek humor.
Higher-order thinking skills are the superpower of choice among Odd Squad agents so expect pie charts, bar graphs, and Venn Diagrams when it comes to debating the fate of a fellow agent in Saving Agent Orson. In The Scientist, Oona uses number operations when she becomes trapped in an another dimension. In an hour-long episode titled World Turned Odd, an accidental alteration of the past reverses the outcome of every case the Odd Squad ever solved. It takes time travel, an examination of 3D shapes and patterns, and a juice box spiked with truth serum to set things straight. And, in another hour-long special titled Odds and Ends, data analysis, patterns, and meticulous predictions hold the key to saving the world. Along the way, an agent’s secret may be exposed. A mysterious notebook must be tracked down. And a tailor holds the key to battling every villain in the world.
Odd Squad makes math make sense, builds logic and teamwork skills, and keeps viewers entertained with fun special effects, clever scripts, and talented child actors. Another winning formula from Fred Rogers Productions.
Gina Catanzarite ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 14 Emmy® awards, 37 Emmy® nominations, a Matrix award, 3 Golden Quill awards, 2 Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.