Executive Summary: FETCH Formative Evaluation
In 2005, WGBH began production of a new science television series for children called FETCH. FETCH is a competition-based game/reality show for 6-10 year old children that consists of both animation and live action footage. The show is hosted by a cartoon dog named Ruff Ruffman. Each week Ruff assigns competitors from a cast of real kids to leave the studio and go out into the world and complete challenges. There are typically two challenges assigned in each show. One challenge per episode requires its contestants to learn about and understand science concepts and to use scientific process skills to successfully complete their challenge. GRG conducted four focus groups with 10 to 13 children each in the Fall of 2005. All focus group participants were between the ages of 10 to 12 years old. As part of the focus group, children watched one episode of FETCH and then participated in a group discussion moderated by GRG.