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Rocket Science - Episode 1


Class 8XS at Woodchurch High do not like science - and they are not alone. Across the UK, fewer and fewer kids want to study chemistry and physics, so with the help of wonderfully inspirational physics teacher Andy Smith, Rocket Science sets out to convert a small sample by teaching them everything safe there is to know about fireworks. Kids? Fireworks? It is a health-and-safety nightmare, but once he has grabbed their attention with a few flashes and bangs (all overseen by pyro-professionals), Mr Smith shows the class how much serious science is involved in the creation and use of the average rocket or Roman candle. It is a rollercoaster nine months. At the beginning of this first episode, Chantelle thinks science is 'just copying out', Taz wants to be Kate Moss, and Charlie can do the work but cannot be bothered to behave. Mr Smith sets out to teach the chemistry of fireworks' fantastic colours, but the class's first taste of professional pyrotechnics is a washout, and to re-engage them, he has to battle short attention spans, filthy weather, and the fact that most chemicals in the school storeroom are well past their sell-by date. However, when the kids do get hands-on in an innovative 'glow in the dark lesson', you can see the light of fascination start shining in their eyes. There is hope after all. Then the head's retirement party is cancelled along with the firework display 8XS was preparing in her honour. Can Mr Smith hope to hold their interest over the coming summer break? He certainly has a plan.

Broadcasts

  • 2009-03-06 21:00:00 - 2009-03-06 22:00:00 on BBC Two England, BBC Two Northern Ireland Analogue, BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC Two Scotland,
  • 2009-03-06 21:30:00 - 2009-03-06 22:30:00 on BBC Two Wales Analogue, BBC Two Wales,
  • 2009-05-13 02:00:00 - 2009-05-13 03:00:00 on BBC One Oxford, BBC One South East, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One Channel Islands, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One Scotland, BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC One Yorkshire, BBC One North East, BBC One North West, BBC One East, BBC One East Midlands, BBC One West Midlands, BBC One London, BBC One South, BBC One South West, BBC One West, BBC One Wales,

Credits

  • Producer Andy Robbins
  • Producer Roy Ackerman
  • Producer Judith Bunting
  • Producer Andy Robbins
  • Producer Roy Ackerman
  • Producer Judith Bunting