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“CRITICAL HOURS: Building Blocks”
“CRITICAL HOURS” is a documentary television series about inspiring programs around the country that put a fresh spin on learning.

The pilot episode, “Building Blocks,” focuses on the world of competitive LEGO robotics in New York City. We trail three teams from public schools in the Bronx, Chinatown, and Queens, as they prepare for a competition against 150 elementary and intermediate schools.

“Building Blocks” introduces audiences not only to the scientists of tomorrow, but also to the unsung heroes who make it all possible: the teachers. Meet Ms. Vaughan, whose patience and enthusiasm are priceless commodities as she launches a robotics program in the Bronx. Meet Mr. Lee, whose steady hand guides his young team to new heights. And meet Mr. Wright, whose intensity and innovative thinking redefine the rules of the game.

On tournament day, the atmosphere is electric. The gymnasium is packed with parents, siblings and school cheerleaders. A deejay spins thumping techno music as the schools wage robo-battle. Taking first place is on every student's mind, but even before the first points are recorded, the success of the program is secure, and the winner is our collective future.
an independent TV pilot


“Truly inspiring...We give
this series a gold star.”
— Ethan Alter, TV Guide



“CRITICAL HOURS” was selected as one of three finalists for the MSN Artistic Achievement Award at the 2006
New York Television Festival and was nominated for a
KIDS FIRST! 2007 Best Award in the category of best documentary for kids ages 8 to 12.



a documentary TV pilot by Jim and Tom Isler and Thomas Kail
2006, 22 min, color


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