For those who have children and are looking for something educational and fun for them to watch, look no further than PBS’ “Odd Squad” Show.
The “Odd Squad” show takes a close look at the exploits of Olive and Otto, two agents who work for a secret organization ran by children. The organization, called “The Odd Squad,” assists individuals of all ages and walks of life in rectifying odd occurrences and behaviors. Yet, in the midst of resolving the oddest situations, the agents rely on mathematical concepts to solve cases assigned to them by their pint-sized boss, Ms. O…who, by the way, also goes by the name “Oprah.”
Ms. O, who never ages despite previously working as an agent as far back as the 1800’s, can be seen routinely yelling at various “Odd Squad” agents to “GET TO WORK NOW!” Her serious demeanor, followed by her intense love of extreme sports like Karate and scuba diving, aid her in not only being the best “Odd Squad” boss around, but also in helping agents like Otto and Olive solve cases by using key mathematical concepts.
All mathematical concepts aside, the “Odd Squad” was originally a children’s show that was conceptually developed and shown in Canada. As with most shows that are extremely good, it has now effectively transitioned to the United States, showing kids of all ages that Math can function as a powerful tool in solving even the strangest cases. For instance, in Season One’s episode entitled “A Case of the Sing Alongs,” the Mayor (who is an adult by the way) begins to oddly burst out in song at the strangest and most inconvenient of times. The songs are silly and whimsical in nature, and causes him to have embarrassing moments not only during routine, Mayor related meetings, but also in the midst of acting as a judge for a Chili competition. In terms of the latter, the Mayor can be seen not only singing, but smearing Chili all over his business suit…all while singing off key. Based on his strange behavior, Olive concurs that the Mayor is suffering from “The Sing Alongs,” a strange illness that is prompted by unusual circumstances and situations.
Thus, in an effort to help, “Odd Squad” agents Olive and Otto decide to determine if there is a pattern that shows when the Mayor is most likely to belt out in song. At first, they noticed that the Mayor seemed to burst out in song whenever he was around babies. However, as Ms. O eloquently pointed out, there is not a baby featured in every instance of the Mayor’s “Sing Along” incidents.
They later narrow the Mayor’s case of “The Sing Alongs” down to the time he begins to exhibit symptoms. Specifically, they notice that he sings every 30 minutes after an hour. They also realize that in order to resolve the Mayor’s illness-related mishap, he has to reunite with his former singing group “The Thirties,” at a time that ends in 30.
Patterns are one of many intricate features in the mathematics discipline. In fact, patterns can be seen in multiplication, as well as in trigonometry related equations. However, the key difference in learning this in a school setting versus via a television show is that the television show does not necessarily make it obvious that they are teaching mathematical concepts because it is shrouded under the guise of entertainment.
As a parent, I highly recommend this show for children of all ages. My son, who is actually two years old, enjoys the humorous content featured on the show, and is also enamored with the idea related to the notion of kid-fueled empowerment featured on “The Odd Squad” show. In fact, the show has even made him more determined in learning how to count, as well as in how to spell.
In addition, I also recommend that parents watch and enjoy this show with their children because it can give them an opportunity to learn more about how their children learn…particularly as it relates to watching television, as well as how they interact with the world around them…
Overall, “The Odd Squad” is great family entertainment and for this reason, I give it four stars out of five…and that is only because some of the humorous content featured may go over some of the children’s heads…
Note: The Odd Squad comes on Monday – Fridays at 7 pm EST….