FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, Season Five

March 1st, 2009 - February 29th, 2012 | PROJECT

FETCH with Ruff Ruffman, produced by WGBH, is a daily half-hour PBS television series with accompanying Web and outreach activities targeted to 6- to 10-year olds. The program brings science learning to young children by uniquely blending live-action with animation, game show convention with reality programming, and humor with academics. The intended impacts of this new season are to 1) help the target audience, especially girls and minorities, develop an interest, knowledge and skills necessary to do science; 2) help kids develop the math skills and knowledge necessary to solve science and engineering problems; and 3) bring FETCH's unique brand of informal science learning to camps across the country. The requested funds will allow the project to expand the science curriculum with 20 new half-hour episodes and expand the Web site, focusing on three new science themes that highlight topics of interest to this age group: "Animal Universe," "Science of Art," and "Adventure Science." The Web site will include four new science-based Web games that will allow kids to create and post content of their own design and interact with other FETCH fans online. In addition, funds will support new educational resources for camps, including a Camp FETCH Guide. The project will continue to work with the project's established collaborators like the Boys and Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts of America, and YMCA, as well expand the outreach via new partnerships with the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University and the American Camp Association. Christine Andrews Paulsen & Associates (CAPA) will conduct summative evaluation of both the television show and the Camp FETCH Guide.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

“FETCH!” Season 5 Summative Evaluation: Teaching Math through Television
“FETCH!” Interactive Webisode Evaluation Report
Camp FETCH! Guide: Evaluation Report

Team Members

Kate Taylor, Principal Investigator, WGBH


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0840307
Funding Amount: 985999


Access and Inclusion: Women and Girls
Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Engineering | General STEM | Life science | Mathematics | Nature of science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology | Public Programs | Summer and Extended Camps | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media