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Cyberchase: The Quest Debuts On The Web
New Character-Driven Adventure Game Based On The Popular PBS KIDS GO! Cartoon Lets Players Enter An Interactive Cyberchase World Online At pbskidsgo.org/cyberchase 
Cyberchase makes math and problem- solving come alive for children across the country through humor, action and adventure.  Targeting 7- to 11-year-olds, Cyberchase features a team of curious characters who outwit and outsmart the ultimate bad guy – Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) – as he tries to take over Cyberspace.    
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Since its premiere in 2002, millions of children have followed the multimedia adventures of the Cyberchase Cyber Squad on air and online, making it a staple of the new PBS KIDS GO! program block and one of the most popular destinations at pbs.org.  

Now gamers can join in the adventure online with Cyberchase: The Quest – a cutting edge interactive Web game that lets kids create their own cyber characters, and go on action-packed quests throughout Cyberspace, all while developing money-management skills to help defeat the bad guys. 

The immersive and replayable adventure at Cyberchase Online 
(http://www.pbskidsgo.org/cyberchase/) is full of fun cyber locales where players interact with hilarious Cyberchase characters to find clues to solve their individual quests.  At every turn, players are faced with rewarding challenges where they can earn “snelfus,” the currency of Cyberspace, and gather virtual prizes that they will need to fulfill their mission.  

Along the way, they are also offered the chance to spend their snelfus on all kinds of cybermerchandise that may or may not help them in the end.  The game is designed to help children develop financial literacy skills such as earning, saving and spending as part of the Cyberchase: Know Your Dough financial literacy campaign. 

“With marketers spending billions of dollars to reach young consumers, children need to become money-savvy,” added Sandra Sheppard, executive producer.  “Unlike some online games, the products are fictional and there are no hidden product placements aimed at youngsters.”
“We created Cyberchase: The Quest as a fun way for kids to develop skills they’ll use today and everyday for the rest of their lives,” said Kristin Martin, executive producer. “We’re the only show that does that.”

The launch of Cyberchase: The Quest coincides with the broadcast premiere of Starlight Night December 31 on PBS KIDS GO! (check local listings).  Starlight Night is the annual holiday when all the stars in Cyberspace are refreshed for the new year.  But Hacker concocts a scheme to darken the stars of Cyberspace forever.  With the ceremony only hours away, can the kids and Digit rescue the inventor Archimedes and save the Starlight Night celebration – all before Hacker turns out the lights in Cyberspace?  

Also at Cyberchase Online for the holidays, visitors can send a colorful Starlight Night e-card, print out a 2005 CYBERCHASE calendar or Starlight Night holiday card, make ornaments, sing-along with Starlight Night songs, and much more.

Cyberchase makes math and problem-solving come alive for children across the country through humor, action and adventure.  Targeting 7- to 11-year-olds, Cyberchase features a team of curious characters who outwit and outsmart the ultimate bad guy – Hacker (Christopher Lloyd) – as he tries to take over Cyberspace.  A co-production of Thirteen/WNET New York and Nelvana, Cyberchase airs nationally on PBS KIDS GO!, a new educational multimedia destination specifically created by, for and about school-age kids.

Major funding for Cyberchase is provided by the National Science Foundation, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Additional funding is provided by The Intel Foundation and The Volckhausen Family.  Corporate funding provided by Intel Corporation and Jif Peanut Butter.  Jif is a registered trademark of The J.M. Smucker Company.

Images and further details about Cyberchase are available in the Thirteen Online Pressroom: www.thirteen.org/pressroom.

For additional information, contact Edward Gregory, Sr. Publicist, Thirteen/WNET New York 
at 212.560.3021 or via email to gregory-at-thirteen.org, or Jennifer Corrigan of Spectrum PR
at 732.382.8898 or CorriganJenn-at-cs.com 

...Posted Dec 20, 2004, by Eric Ward/URLwire courtesy of WNET/Spectrum

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