Simply Real Moms recently attended the PBS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, May 14, 2014 where the premier date for the newest series ODD SQUAD was announced. The live-action series focuses on two young agents, Olive and Otto, who are part of the Odd Squad, an agency whose mission is to save the day whenever something unusual happens in their town. A math concept is embedded in each of their cases, as Olive and Otto work together to solve problem cases ranging from disappearing zeroes to runaway dinosaurs. I am so excited about this show myself, I could definitely use a little bit of brushing up on my own math skills and the ODD SQUAD looks like so much fun. When meeting the creators Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman you can tell how much work they put into ODD SQUAD. Their natural humor and excitement they each displayed while describing scenes from different episodes really expressed how passionate they are about the new educational television show for children. The scripts are really funny! The ODD SQUADD was designed specifically for children ages 5-8 to build and develop math skills in a fun and creative way. Each episode of ODD SQUAD includes two 11-minute cases and will premiere Wednesday, November 26, 2014, on PBS KIDS with a special one-hour broadcast of two back-to-back episodes. The series will air on weekdays following the premiere (check local listings).
Getting to know the creators of ODD SQUAD Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman
Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman are really hilarious! After meeting with the creators of ODD SQUAD you really get a sense for their style and humor that will be delivered in future ODD SQUAD episodes. Tim and Adam talk about introducing math in a fun and engaging way for children to keep them entertained and learning through each episode. They described the giant set for the new live action show and how it was built with a soundstage and everything kid sized.
Creators of the new PBS show specifically talked about Olive and Otto, two of the main agents in ODD SQUAD and how their personalities were perfect for the scripts they had written. “The kids in ODD SQUAD are older than the audience to make it inspirational. Girls playing powerful roles, not princesses” this was something important to the creators. Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman worked hard to create a place where kids were felt empowered and in complete control, all kids are equal and all kids belong. “ODD is the problem, math is the solution”
Stay tuned for ODD SQUAD premiering Wednesday, November 26, 2014, on PBS KIDS.
*Thanks to PBS, who hosted our trip to the annual meeting, but all opinions are our own.