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Faculty of Education

Second Season of “The Prime Radicals”

The Prime RadicalsThe second season of The Prime Radicals, developed by Dr. Lynda Colgan, Director of the Community Outreach Centre, in collaboration with Executive Producer Hoda Elatawi, General Assembly Production Centre (Ottawa), will premiere on TVO on September 5 at 6:30 p.m. The season will include 26 episodes.

A live-action television series with scenarios showing how math is used for everything from clubhouse renovations to cooking, The Prime Radicals makes numbers cool for kids. Based on Colgan's Kingston Whig-Standard newspaper columns, it is also clearly meeting the need for a fresh and innovative approach to math education.

The TV series is of interest to both teachers and students because it is correlated to the Ontario mathematics curriculum and is complemented and supplemented by ancillary activities on a companion website. It also engages parents and other adults in "kitchen table" mathematics education. By inviting both children and adults into a world of incidental learning, The Prime Radicals is creating a community of mathematics learners of many ages that supports and extends the teaching that occurs in schools.

The success of first season of The Prime Radicals proves that Dr. Colgan and Ms. Elatawi present the right mix of education and entertainment in the series. In its first season, The Prime Radicals won the following awards:

  • Gold Hermes Creative Award in the Audio/Original Music Category
  • Honourable mention in the Hermes Video/TV Program (Broadcast) Category
  • Gold Pixie Award for Visual Effects, International Pixie Awards
  • Gold Prestige Award for Children/Family Programming
  • Gold Prestige Award for Special Effects/Animation
  • Remi Winner, Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival

Lynda Colgan's career as a mathematics educator began more than 30 years ago and, since then, her roles have been many: classroom teacher; consultant; researcher; professor; newspaper columnist; book author; and collaborator on The Prime Radicals. As Coordinator of the Faculty of Education Community Outreach Centre, Dr. Colgan focuses on public education and unlocking the magic of math for learners of all ages.

Learn more about the series on its interactive website and Facebook page:

The Prime Radicals TV show