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Hero Elementary

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If you're a kid with superpowers, you belong at Hero Elementary! It's where young heroes in training can learn how to master their less-than-perfected powers and practice day-saving action. But when their superpowers aren't enough for the job, they can always rely on an additional arsenal of powers: The Superpowers of Science! These kids may be superhuman, but it's science that makes humans truly super.

Episodes:

  • AJ's Extra Superpower, Part 1 / AJ's Extra Superpower, Part 2

    When a little girl's toys keep disappearing from her backyard, Sparks' Crew discovers the culprit is a neighbor's dog. How will they keep it out? AJ's Extra Superpower (his autism) is the key. Curriculum: Investigating can help you figure things out and solve problems. / The team heads to Citytown Hero Con. AJ is dressed as his hero, Jetman Jones, and is shocked to see that many people are also dressed like him. How will he find the real Jetman Jones in the crowd? Curriculum: Find the differences in similar things by observing and comparing.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Back On Track / Switcheroo-Er

    When a toy train display featuring a model replica of City Town is ruined, Sparks' Crew sets out to learn more about the landforms that make up City Town and help to rebuild a new replica. Curriculum: Many different types of landforms can make up an area. / AJ invents a gadget that switches everyone's powers. But, having different powers is harder than they thought. How can they use their new powers to get their old powers back? Curriculum: When you need information to solve a problem, you can ask an expert.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Bouncing Ideas / Leaning Tower, No Pizza

    Hero Elementary student, Rubberband Robbie, is super stretchy. But, when he coils up into a ball and bounces all over the school, Sparks' Crew has to find a way to stop him, and to keep him from bouncing out of control again. Curriculum: When there's a problem to solve, first be sure you understand the problem. Then, figure out an idea to try. Build it. Test it. Share what you find out. Then, keep building and testing your ideas until you find a solution that works. / When Lucita flies to pick up pizza, she accidentally causes a communication tower to fall over, knocking out all phone service. How will the pizzeria get its pizza orders now? Sparks' Crew tests out different low-tech ways of communicating long-distance. Curriculum: There are many ways to send messages over long distances. Through engineering, you can design and test alternative solutions.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Dog in the Fog / Bye, Bye Dragonfly

    When a little dog gets lost in the fog, it's Sparks' Crew to the rescue! But, this mission isn't so easy in the thick fog. How can they find the dog when they can't even find each other in the fog? Curriculum: During weather events such as fog, observing and adjusting activities can accommodate for the lack of visibility. / When AJ's Dragonfly Drone flies away on its own, Sparks' Crew sets off on a mission to catch it. How can they use clues from nature to help catch this runaway drone? Curriculum: By observing a spider's use of a web to catch prey, the same strategy can be applied to solve human problems.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Fair Weather / Home Sweet Home

    It's the day of the Hero Elementary Fun Fair, but the weather turns rainy, then sunny, then rainy again. Sparks' Crew learns to recognize the signs of changing weather in order to predict if the weather will be nice for the Fun Fair. Curriculum: Weather patterns -- including the interaction of sunlight, temperature, clouds, and wind -- help people predict what the weather is going to be. / When a tree falls in the schoolyard, our heroes try to find a new home for a chipmunk. But, what kind of home--or habitat--does a chipmunk need? Sparks' Crew will figure it out, one way or another! Curriculum: The places where wild animals live have features that help meet the animals' needs.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • First Day of School, Part 1 / First Day of School, Part 2

    It's our heroes' first day at Hero Elementary. They meet each other and Mr. Sparks for the first time, and learn about superpowers that everyone shares: the Superpowers of Science. / Sparks' Crew goes on its first mission, to catch a baby hamster that is zipping around town at super fast speed, causing chaos. Unable to catch it, they have to find a way to get this little blur of fur to come to them. Could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship? Curriculum: Using the powers of observation, predicting, and testing can help solve problems.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Friends of the Forest / Chicken Hero

    When our heroes learn that lots of paper is being wasted in different ways, they embark on a mission with Branchman (an adult superhero), to understand the problem and plan a solution to use less paper, while encouraging others to do so as well. Curriculum: By using less paper, we can help save trees. / When Jetman Jones tries to get a super sidekick, he's surprised when he's sent a chicken. It runs away and Sparks' Crew uses their Superpowers of Science to gather evidence and track it down. Curriculum: Finding clues can help solve problems.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Going to Pieces / Forces of Nature

    When a piece of a statue breaks off, Sparks' Crew tries to find it in time for the statue's unveiling ceremony. But, the missing piece is made of a special material that makes it very hard to catch. Curriculum: When a substance is broken into pieces, each piece is still made up of the same material and has the same properties. / Sparks' Crew tries to find an invention that Dr. Inventorman buried underground years ago. The secret spot is marked on an old photograph, but when they get to the location, they see that much has changed over time. Curriculum: The look of the landscape can change both slowly and quickly due to earth events such as moving water and landslides.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Hail Caesar / Picture Perfect

    When a hailstorm causes damage around Citytown, Sparks' Crew calls upon the famous hero, Hail Caesar, to help them understand more about hail. Curriculum: Severe weather, such as a hailstorm, is different from typical weather. / It's Picture Day at Hero Elementary, and Sparks' Crew is determined to stay clean. But, their mission involves rescuing someone whose scooter is stuck in a giant mud puddle. How can they help without getting dirty? Curriculum: A pulley lets a person pull downward to lift something up.

    Length: 00:28:45
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Heroes In Space, Part 1 / Heroes In Space, Part 2

    Sara is excited to celebrate the (full) moon viewing with her hero friends, but they notice that half the moon seems to be 'gone!' / On a mission to find the other half of the moon and save the festival, Sparks' Crew flies to the moon to investigate. Curriculum: Objects can only be seen if light is available to illuminate them, or if they give off their own light. Patterns of the motion of the sun and moon in the sky can be observed, described, and predicted.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Hero Hit Parade / Trouble at the Pet Wash

    When a big parade balloon gets loose and flies through Citytown, Sparks' Crew tries to get it back. But, how can they stop this giant balloon? Curriculum: When objects touch or collide, they push on one another and can change direction. / Sparks' Crew is setting up a Pet Wash when a young boy's dog goes missing. Sparks' Crew sets out to search for the dog, but there are so many different kinds of dogs out there... how can they find the right one? Curriculum: The same type of animal, such as dogs, are similar and different in many ways.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Kite Delight / Little Lost Horse

    When a young boy's kite is ruined, Sparks' Crew tries to help him make a new kite. But, the team has a lot to learn about how wind moves things. Curriculum: Wind can push many things. The wind's power can be used to help move things. / When a little girl loses a toy horse on a beach, Sparks' Crew comes to the rescue. But, it looks like the toy horse may have been washed away. How can they find it? Curriculum: Water can move the sand on a beach and change how the beach looks.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Knot So Fast / Made in the Shade

    AJ invents "The Lacer Racer," a shoe-tying car. But, when the car gets out of control, it ties Citytown into knots. How can they build a trap to catch it? Curriculum: A solution can be found by using an engineering design process: What's the problem, what can we try, build, test, and share? / When the ice cream in Stevie Heat's ice cream cart melts, Sparks' Crew investigates how this could have happened, and what they can do to make sure it doesn't happen again. Curriculum: The sun has warming effects. The effect the sun's heat has can be reduced by making shade.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Looking Super / Schmubble Trouble

    When a self-flying cape escapes from the store selling it, Sparks' Crew teams up with the famous hero, Hail Caesar, to search for it. But, it isn't easy, since the cape is very good at hiding. It will take super observation skills to find it. Curriculum: Observe the world around you to gather information. Use the information to solve problems. / Benny has a case of the "Schmubbles," a bubble cold that causes bubbles to shoot out of his hands uncontrollably. When AJ, Lucita, and Sara get caught in Schmubble Bubbles, they must make their way through Citytown inside of bubbles they can't pop. Curriculum: Objects can be moved from one place to another by combining the right strength and/or direction of pushes and collisions.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Monster Hunters/A Soapy Situation

    When someone calls on Sparks' Crew to help with a backyard "monster, the team discovers that it's actually a mother opossum and her babies. How can our heroes lure them out of the yard? Curriculum: Animal parents and offspring engage in behaviors that protect their young and help them survive. / In Citytown, the Super-Duper Store is a sudsy mess; an automated floor cleaning machine is on the fritz, causing a soapy situation inside the store. Sparks' Crew is in a slippery situation. Curriculum: The strength of a push on an object affects the speed of the object. When colliding with an unmovable object, a moving object's direction can change.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Monumental Problem / Super Lift

    When a nose accidentally breaks off one of the faces on Hero Hill, our heroes must figure out how to repair the monument. Sparks' Crew makes various sticky mixtures, hoping to find one strong enough to stick the nose back on. Curriculum: When two or more substances are mixed together, the resulting substance may have different properties than each material on its own. / Sparks' Crew tries to help change a broken wheel on a hot dog cart. But, with Sara playing "teacher" for the day, how can they lift the heavy cart without her so they can change the wheel? Curriculum: Using a lever can make it easier to lift a heavy object.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Rough Sledding / Hungry Hungry Hoppers

    When AJ accidentally ruins a schoolmate's box sled, Sparks' Crew pitches in to help find and test the right material to repair the sled. Curriculum: Materials have different properties. Some materials will work better than others for an intended purpose. / Sparks' Crew is taking care of someone else's class pet, a super frog that can leap high and far. But, when the frog gets out and hops through town, searching for food, Sparks' Crew has to figure out what frogs eat in order to lure him back. Curriculum: Different animals eat different kinds of food. They find food in different places.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Sara Loses Her Snap / A Soupie Mystery

    Sara loses her superpowers on the same day when Sparks' Crew has to move a giant, heavy burger. But, how can they move it without Sara's super strength? Curriculum: The shape of objects makes them easier or harder to move. Round objects that roll move more easily than flat-bottomed objects that slide. / A mysterious creature has been sighted in Super Superior Lake. Sparks' Crew sets out to find "Soupy, " as it's called. But, they need to find reliable information to figure out what this creature might be. Curriculum: Gather information from different sources to decide what is accurate before constructing explanations.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Search and Rescue / Secret Lives of Teachers

    Sparks' Crew is on a training mission to find their schoolmates, Petie Heat and Freeze Louise, who are hiding somewhere in Citytown. The team follows hot and cold clues to lead them to find their friends. Curriculum: Heating or cooling a substance may cause changes that can be observed. / The kids are shocked to see their teacher, Mr. Sparks, on the weekend, outside of school. But, when Mr. Sparks loses an important package, our heroes have to save the day without the use of the superhero technology they usually have with them on school days. Curriculum: When current technology is not available, there are other ways to solve problems.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Squeak to Me / Team's Song Theme Song

    AJ builds a gadget to help people understand Fur Blur's squeaks. But, the gadget misfires and makes people squeak instead of talk. Sparks' Crew must find ways to communicate information non-verbally in order to locate and reverse the gadget. Curriculum: There are many ways to communicate information including verbally, acting things out, writing, and making noise. / Sparks Crew wants to make their own theme song, but they have no musical instruments. How can they find a way to make sounds of different pitches? Curriculum: The pitch of a sound can be changed when the object changes in size, length, or liquid volume.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Super Summertime / Snowy Journey

    AJ wants to do all the activities on his super fun list, but it's summertime and everything on his list is a winter activity. Sparks' Crew works together to devise solutions for adapting to the seasonal changes. Curriculum: Humans devise solutions for adapting to seasonal changes. / On a cold winter morning, Fur Blur isn't her usual self: she keeps sleeping. Sparks' Crew takes her to see Benny's grandfather, a veterinarian. But, it's a challenge to get there through the snow. Curriculum: Seasonal changes require us to change the way we do things. Animals can adapt to the winter in their own ways, such as hibernation.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Teacher of the Year / The Sweet Smell of Success

    There's a big surprise in store for Mr. Sparks: He will be receiving the "Hero Teacher of the Year" award! His heroic students want to make everything special for the big celebration, and that includes making a cake. But, will Sparks' Crew be able to keep the party a surprise while they figure out the right mixture for the cake batter? Curriculum: If you mix materials together, the properties of the mixture may not be the same as the properties of the materials themselves. / Invisigirl (a former student) likes to use her invisibility to play jokes, but a joke has unintended consequences when she makes a cake invisible, and then can't find it! The team tries to track it down via their sense of smell, but will it be enough to find the cake? Curriculum: Humans have five senses they use to gather information about the world around them. They can use that information to solve problems.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • The Crew Who SNOWS What to Do / Keep Your Eye on the Ball

    Turbo Tina is excited for her first snowfall EVER! But, some of the snow melts quickly. Can Sparks' Crew figure out why some snow is melting and some isn't? Curriculum: Sunlight warms the Earth's surface and melts snow. Seasonal patterns vary around the world. / A T-Ball Championship game is in jeopardy when all the balls go missing. Where did they go? And can Sparks' Crew come up with an alternative ball so the game can go on? Curriculum: The properties of objects involved in a collision affect the result of collisions.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • When Fur Flies / Pumpkin Palooza

    Something high in the sky is causing a trail of trouble across Citytown, but is it a bird, a plane, or something else? Sparks' Crew observes the properties of things gone wrong downtown, which leads them to understand what the problem is. Curriculum: Understanding the problem is the first step for finding a solution. / It's the day of Pumpkin Palooza and a little girl's decorated pumpkin has been ruined. It's Sparks' Crew to the rescue! Learning that the culprit is a hungry squirrel, they work together to design and build a solution to protect all the decorated pumpkins in City Town. Curriculum: You can use engineering design to gather information and to keep improving each solution. That's the power to solve real world problems!

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • With A Little Push/Track That Pack

    Sparks' Crew chases a giant ball through Citytown. To save the day, the team uses hands-on investigation and learns that pushing an object can start or stop its movement. AJ's backpack has floated away in a lake. By navigating the connecting bodies of water, Sparks' Crew works together to find his pack.

    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024

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