Disc 1 contains the following episodes:
101. ALL MAPPED OUT - Kate Humble and the team of five scientists take up the challenge of charting the sights and sounds of their tropical island. Starting from scratch, they must make an accurate scale map, botanical paper and inks, and a sound-recording device. While a very good head for math and plenty of versatile local plants get them started, impassable mangrove swamps and tropical downpours soon seem intent on scuttling their plans.
102. BUGS AND BAROMETERS - The team has to pit their wits against nature - and bugs - in the latest challenge. Can they get a biology lab, microscope, and weather station built and tested on their tropical island in just three days? With only a basic kit of tools to work with, the island's plants and seaweed have to be employed - and predicting the weather can be problematic under the best of conditions.
103. TIME AND TRANSMITTER - The scientists find they have to borrow some wartime tricks when challenged with building a transmitter and radio - but will they be able to communicate across their tropical island base? There's also a portable clock and a botanical kite to design and, once again, the natural plants and resources the scientists find on the island get their thoughts running in strange new directions.
The other two DVD discs in the series are:
104. Feel the Heat
105. Sun and Sea
106. The Science of Celebration
107. Mediterranean Mystery
108. Simmering Shutterbugs
109. Power Supplies
110. Sustenance on Sayonara
All shot on the island of Capraia in the Mediterranean
Grade Level: General
US Release Date: 2002
Copyright Date: 2002
DVD ISBN: 1-56029-987-8
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