# Math Patrol facts for kids

* Math Patrol* was a children's educational television show produced by TVOntario in 1977 and aired by the public broadcaster in the late 1970s and the early 1980s.

The series starred John Kozak as "Sydney" – a "math detective" who repeatedly went undercover as a kangaroo ("the only disguise *Math Patrol* had that would fit him"). Other cast members included Carl Banas, Jessica Booker, Luba Goy and Nikki Tilroe.

Producer/Director Clive Vanderburgh, Production Assistant Jane Downey and Editor Brian Elston.

The program was designed to teach basic math skills and terminology in an entertaining fashion to children between approximately 8 and 10 years of age. In each 15-minute episode, *Math Patrol'*s unseen (silhouetted) boss "Mr. Big" would send the detective on a case or charge him with a task which could only be solved through mathematic deduction.

Over the course of 20 episodes, *Math Patrol* provided introductory math lessons on topics including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, area, fractions, length, shapes, geometry and symmetry.

Because of its highly educational nature, *Math Patrol* was often shown to groups of primary school students during class time.

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