"Rocket 69“ is an educational scientific entertaining TV contest for young people to show that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) can be fun and I can do it, while offering excitement and new knowledge. The name of the show comes from the fact that on 1969 the first man stepped on the Moon.
All students starting from age 15 until university students from 1st or 2nd year of studies can apply for the show. 15 contestants are chosen through casting and the casting process makes up the 1st episode of the show.
Contestants solve the assignments in groups and from 10th episode also individually. In the end of each episode one contestant has to leave after 1:1 scientific duel. All assignments demand creativity, theoretical scientific knowledge and ability to use it in practices.
In the Grand Finale 2 finalists have to solve complex assignment that will show all their abilities. There is 1 personal winner who wins the 10 000€ scholarship to support his/her studies.
The Judging panel consists of Host of the show (young scientist) and 3 main judges who are also researchers.
Locations. 9 episodes are shot in a studio built for the show. Starting from 10th episode the locations vary – different science labs and research organizations, companies etc. For the Grand Finale studio will be built up again.
Production consists of 2 teams: TV Production Team and Science Editor Team. Science Editor and its team consist of mainly young scientists design the assignments. Together with the TV production team they prepare the assignments, to have both the scientific content and the visual attractiveness joined in the action.
All assignments and solutions are explained with voice-over, by graphical illustrations during the show and also commented by judges. In addition the Science Editor creates deeper explanations in web for each assignment that can be used as STEM teaching material at school. The show is supported by cross-media approach – radio, newspapers, web, Facebook and other social media channels.
The format of the Rocket69 has been developed in the framework of the TeaMe programme of the Estonian Research Council with co-financing from the European Social Fund, European Regional Fund and the Estonian state.