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Hero Elementary

Next Airing: Tue, Jul 14th, 2020 at 12:00 PM on KUED-HD

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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:

  • 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.

    Next Airing: Tue, Jul 14th, 2020 at 12:00 PM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • A Leg Up / Sneezitis Solution

    When a baby porcupine gets itself into predicaments, it's Sparks' Crew to the rescue. But, how do they help the little porcupine when they can't get too close to it? Curriculum: Animals, including humans, can use their legs in many ways. / Fur Blur has come down with "Sneezitis," a hamster cold. The only cure is to sniff the flower of a certain plant. Sparks' Crew rushes her to the Citytown Greenhouse to find the plant... but which one is it? Curriculum: Plants can be identified by similarities in size, shape and color of stems, leaves and flowers.

    Next Airing: Wed, Jul 15th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    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.

    Next Airing: Thu, Jul 16th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • The Butterfly Chasers / Something Shady

    When Monarch butterflies are missing from the school garden, Benny and the rest of Sparks' Crew follow one Monarch to see where it goes. They soon discover that all the Monarchs are on the move...but why? Curriculum: Seasonal weather changes cause Monarch butterflies to migrate south in the winter in order to survive. / The shady spot that AJ picked for the class's outdoor lunch has disappeared. Determined, Sparks' Crew embarks on a mission to find out who, or what, swiped AJ's shade. Curriculum: The position of the light behind an object affects the position and size of the shadow it casts.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jul 17th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • What You Don't See / Super Purple Pop-Up Plants

    A frightened horse is on the loose in Citytown, and Sparks' Crew tries to help catch it. But, how can they get near it when the horse runs away whenever it sees them? Curriculum: Some animals have camouflage that helps them blend into their surroundings, which keeps them from being seen. / Sparks' Crew investigates mysterious purple plants that keeps popping up all over Citytown. Where are these plants coming from? And how do they stop them? Curriculum: Seeds are dispersed in many ways. Animals can disperse seeds, which helps some plants grow in different areas.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jul 20th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Hatching A Plan/The Invisible Force

    When an egg hatches and an unfamiliar bird emerges, Sparks' Crew vows to reunite the young bird with its parents. After some trial and error, they observe similarities and differences between young animals and their parents to find the baby bird's family. Curriculum: Young animals are very much like their parents, but there are differences as well as similarities that can be observed. / When the decorations of a young girl's birthday party are suddenly whisked away, Sparks' Crew wonder if this is the work of InvisiGirl. But once investigating further, they learn that something more natural might be the cause of this mayhem. Curriculum: There is so much to investigate, beyond what can be seen; forces of nature, such as the wind, can push objects.

    Next Airing: Tue, Jul 21st, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Turtle Beach / Shine A Light On Me

    Sparks' Crew travels to Turtle Beach to see baby turtles hatching, but instead find the beach filled with litter. Our heroes investigate how the garbage got there and clean it up to make the path to the water clear and safe for the hatching turtles. Curriculum: Human activity has an impact on the world around us, but we can take action to reduce the impact of human activity. / Sparks' Crew gathers at night to help search for a missing superdog, Spotnado. When the dog gets ahold of a flashlight, they use what they learn about light to help catch the dog. Curriculum: Objects can only be seen if light is available to illuminate them or if they give off their own light. Some materials allow light to pass through them, others allow only some light through, and others block all the light.

    Next Airing: Wed, Jul 22nd, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Sound of Ice Cream / The Reflection Connection

    When an ice cream truck is accidentally made invisible, Sparks' Crew has to rely on the sound of the truck's music to track and find it. Curriculum: Sounds can differ depending on how near or far they are and what direction the sounds are coming from. / When a flying super-glue-gadget goes haywire, people everywhere are getting stuck! Only the light beam from an unsticky gadget can free them...but that gadget is stuck too! How will Sparks' Crew move the light beam to help unstick everyone? Curriculum: When a beam of light hits a smooth, shiny surface, it changes direction and the beam shines somewhere else.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jul 24th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    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.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jul 27th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Sparks' Unplugged / Camp Catastrophe

    When muffins go missing from the school cafeteria kitchen, Sparks' Crew tries to solve the mystery. But their electronics and gadgets are all charging, so they find ways to use everyday objects to help them find the culprit. Curriculum: It's not always necessary to use high-tech tools to solve a problem; people can use low-tech tools to observe, gather, and share information to solve the problem. / When a scout troop's tent blows away, Sparks' Crew helps them build a new shelter. But with all the tent material damaged, is there anything in nature that our heroes can use? Curriculum: Trees have various parts with different characteristics. Each part can be used to help build a structure.

    Next Airing: Tue, Jul 28th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    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.

    Next Airing: Thu, Jul 30th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Saved from the Bell/The Right Stuff

    When the bell on top of the school's Leaping Tower keeps ringing, Sparks' Crew plans and conducts an investigation. They discover that vibrations make sound, but what's causing the bell to vibrate and ring? Curriculum: Vibrating matter can make sounds. / When Sparks' Crew decides to restyle their current hero suits, they have to figure out what materials they can use. But, is it the right stuff to help them save the day? Curriculum: Materials have different properties; it is possible to sort, describe and compare materials based on their properties.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jul 31st, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Tail of One Kitty/Movie Theater Meltdown

    A little girl's kitten is on the loose. It's Sparks' Crew to the rescue. They observe how animals use their tails and they apply that new information to their day-saving rescue. Curriculum: Observe, describe, and compare how animals use their tails for many purposes. / At the movie theater, Sparks' Crew meets Stevie Heat, a teen with an out of control superpower: his hands heat up and melt anything he touches. The team has to help Stevie clean up and learn to control his heat hands before the movie starts. Curriculum: When matter is heated or cooled, it may change. Some of those changes can be reversed and some can't.

    Next Airing: Mon, Aug 3rd, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • The Lake Mistake/Plant Problem

    On a warm day, the team takes a field trip to the lake. But, when a fellow super student accidentally freezes the entire lake, it's up to Sparks' Crew to find a way to restore the lake back to its original, liquid state. Curriculum: Matter can be solid or liquid depending on temperature; solid and liquid matter have different properties. / When a Turbo Grow ray zaps a plant, the plant grows out of control all over Citytown. Sparks' Crew comes to the rescue and learns about plant parts and what plants need to survive. Curriculum: Plants have stems, leaves, and roots which enable them to get the water and light they need in order to live.

    Next Airing: Tue, Aug 4th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Where's Fur Blur? / The Blob

    Our heroes can't find Fur Blur. Sparks' Crew uses their 5 senses to track her throughout the school. Curriculum: Humans have five senses they use to gather information about the world around them. They can use that information to solve problems. / A giant, mysterious blob is invading the hallways and classrooms, causing chaos. Sparks' Crew needs to identify the properties of The Blob in order to stop it and save the day. Curriculum: Identifying the properties of a material can help give clues to what it is.

    Next Airing: Wed, Aug 5th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Bugging Out / Eager Beavers

    Sparks' Crew is accidentally shrunk to the size of bugs and have to find their way out of an overgrown, weedy area. They are inspired by the different abilities of insects and arachnids, and imitate those abilities to try to find their way out. Curriculum: Mimicking how insects and arachnids use their body parts can help humans solve problems. / Sparks' Crew comes to the rescue of Lucita's grandmother when her favorite scenic spot becomes flooded. Our heroes discover that beavers have built a blockage in the river. But why? Curriculum: Living things, such as beavers, can change their environment to meet their needs.

    Next Airing: Thu, Aug 6th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • Toadal Confusion / Hero Hideaway

    When toads take over a new skate park, Sparks' Crew has to help the toads get to their natural habitat. They try out different materials to build a bridge that the toads can use to get home. Curriculum: Different properties of materials make them suited to different purposes. / AJ tries to make a hero clubhouse out of cardboard boxes, but it keeps falling down. Is there a better way to build it so it will stay up? Curriculum: A structure needs to be stable in order to remain upright. Size, shape, and placement can affect the stability of a structure.

    Next Airing: Fri, Aug 7th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • All Over The Map / Lights Go Down In City Town

    A bird takes AJ's Twigcam and flies off with it while it is still sending footage of its flight. Sparks' Crew uses a map to help them identify the bird's locations and follow it through Citytown. Curriculum: A map is a model of the land and its features. / Sparks' Crew is looking forward to seeing a meteor shower, but the nighttime sky is too lit-up by the lights of the city. How can they make the sky darker so everyone can see the meteors? Curriculum: People in cities use a lot of light at night, which makes it hard to see the night sky. But there are things they can do to reduce the impact, like turning off lights.

    Next Airing: Fri, Aug 14th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    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.

    Next Airing: Mon, Aug 17th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    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.

    Next Airing: Tue, Aug 18th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    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.

    Next Airing: Wed, Aug 19th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    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.

    Next Airing: Thu, Aug 20th, 2020 at 6:00 AM on KUED-HD
    Length: 00:28:46
    Usage rights: 6/1/2020 to 5/31/2024
  • The Feed for Speed / An Uphill Task

    The class pet, Fur Blur, is competing in the school's Super Pet Races. But, has Sparks' Crew given her everything a pet needs to be ready to race? Curriculum: Animals-including humans-need food and water. Different animals get food and water in different ways. / AJ invents a wheeled robot that can do everything...except get up stairs. Sparks' Crew has to figure out how to get the robot up the stairs in time for the big Invention Fair. Curriculum: Simple Machines, such as a ramp, can be used to move something to a higher level.

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

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