LAZYBONES: Development Grant for an Engineering Television Series

July 10th, 2004 - June 30th, 2006 | PROJECT

WGBH is developing LAZYBONES (working title), a new television series for 10- to 14-year-olds, that is an engineering game show. Each week LAZYBONES' eight players, aged 17-21, engineer easy solutions to life's arduous tasks. The aim of the program is to use humor and irony to hook its target audience and turn them onto the creativity and productivity of engineering. The purpose of the project is to (1) teach kids to learn about engineering by using science and technology to solve real-life problems; (2) help bridge the critical years for keeping kids interested in science and math, and; (3) improve the public image of engineering, especially among girls and minorities. This grant is for the Test Video Development Phase of the project. During this phase, WGBH will produce a test video in order to further evaluate and refine the concept, appeal and educational content of the show and outreach materials. Note: This project led to the series "FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman."

Project Website(s)

(no project website provided)

Project Products

Summative Evaluation of FETCH Season 1
Executive Summary: FETCH Formative Evaluation
Executive Summary: Evaluation of the FETCH! Activity Guide
Evaluation of the FETCH! Activity Guide: Study Report

Team Members

Kate Taylor, Principal Investigator, WGBH


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0407322
Funding Amount: 197472


Access and Inclusion: Women and Girls
Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Engineering | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology