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Rough Science Series on DVD - Home Use Series
Rough Science DVD Disc 3 (Home Use Only)
For Personal Use Only

Episodes 107-110 of the entertaining science series. All shot on the island of Capraia in the Mediterranean.

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116 minutes
Directed by David Shulman
Produced by BBC and The Open University
Executive Producer: Andrew Law
Series Producer: Paul Manners
Presented by Kate Humble



Disc 3 contains the following episodes:

107. MEDITERRANEAN MYSTERY - Swapping their high-tech labs for a disused prison, five scientists are ferried to a mystery Mediterranean island where they must pool their collective wits. There are exploding bottles, failed experiments, and the occasional difference of opinion - at the same time as some genuine eureka moments. Can they work out their exact latitude and longitude, manufacture an insect repellent from scratch, and improvise a radio from an old saucepan?

108. SIMMERING SHUTTERBUGS - Our scientists have calculated where they are on the globe, but can they now master a series of science-based challenges designed to enhance their existence, using just the natural resources of the island? Can they improvise a low-tech camera and film, make a compass, and dye a flag? Seawater, seaweed, and urine prove to be indispensable ingredients, but tempers begin to flare as things don't quite go to plan.

109. POWER SUPPLIES - In this episode, Jonathan Hare and Mike Leahy go head-to-head in a race to generate power, while Mike Bullivant and Anna Lewington set about building a pharmacy. They extract and dispense a string of natural remedies, including an antiseptic made from myrtle and olives, and an anti-flatulent from fennel seeds - to combat one of Mike Leahy's less appealing habits!

110. SUSTENANCE AND SAYONARA - Wrapping up their spartan stay on an isolated Mediterranean island, the scientists face the ultimate challenge - can they use their science skills to put food on the table? Mike Bullivant experiences an epic struggle to make soap, while Vanessa Griffiths improvises toothpaste from seaweed, seashells, and mint.

The other two DVD discs in the series are:

DISC 1
101. All Mapped Out
102. Bugs and Barometers
103. Time and Transmitter

DISC 2
104. Feel the Heat
105. Sun and Sea
106. The Science of Celebration





Grade Level: General
US Release Date: 2002     Copyright Date: 2002
DVD ISBN: 1-56029-989-4



Reviews
"This entertaining series...succeeds in making science fun and accessible."
The Independent

"The episodes are remarkable; they realistically show the false starts and problems scientists encounter...Because so many students watch 'reality television' in their spare time, ROUGH SCIENCE will be a high-interest supplement to the curriculum. It would be a great review or extension resource, and it would also be a perfect lead-in to design projects where groups of students are assigned similar tasks. The series demonstrates the application of basic principles in biology, chemistry, Earth science, and physics, so teachers will find many applications in middle and secondary programs."
Richard Smith, High School Teacher, NSTA Recommends

"Thanks to a genuine sense of purpose and a refreshing lack of condescension, ['Rough Science'] works beautifully."
The Scotsman, Edinburgh

"ROUGH SCIENCE may be the most fun anyone ever had learning science."
St. Louis Post Dispatch

"An intelligent variation of the 'Castaway' theme."
The (London) Times

"I wish they'd had 'Rough Science' when I was in school."
Newcastle Journal

"ROUGH SCIENCE dares to be genial and collegial, operating on the assumption that intellectual stimulation is not an exclusionary game... ROUGH SCIENCE resembles a 'Survivor' for smart people."
Seattle Post Intelligencer



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Rough Science DVD Disc 3  (Home Use Only)


"ROUGH SCIENCE may be the most fun anyone ever had learning science." St. Louis Post Dispatch

DVD Features
The DVD series has the following special features: * How the Rough Scientists solved the challenges. * Background scientific information on the challenges. * Chapterized by challenges. * Interviews with the scientists. * Relevant web sites and books for each challenge. * pdf files for easy downloading.

Awards and Festivals
Gold Plaque, Chicago International Television Awards

Subjects
Biology
Chemistry
Critical Thinking
Earth Science
Geography
Life Science
Marine Biology
Natural Resources
Oceans and Coasts
Physical Science
Science
Technology
Society

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"This show helps viewers learn that we all solve problems."
Webster-Kirkwood Times, Kirkwood, Mo.

"The premise of the show is that . . . knowledge will . . . rub off on the viewers while they are being entertained."
City Journal, St. Louis

"We...are very pleased with our students' responses to the different episodes...The students are encouraged to see that there is real application to some of the abstract ideas in physics...[Rough Science] is an excellent series, a great educational tool."
Steve Hatfield, Math and Science Department, Brenau University

"[Rough Science] is a breath of fresh air...entertaining and educational. And perhaps the best advertisement for science as a career for curious people...Rough Science shows science 'in the raw' and setting it in a remote island location strips the scientists of the lab coats, test tubes and urge to speak in tongues. The program gets to the root of why science is interesting, and that's not something that we civilians get to see too often. Highly recommended."
Peter Rukavina, President of Reinvented, Inc., Computer Programmer and Graphic Designer

"This DVD is outstanding! Students will be absolutely fascinated when they hear that scientists without any high-tech instruments and supplies are going to attempt to create ice, sunblock and a thermometer on an isolated island that also happens to be quite warm...The personable scientists show how science and math can be exciting, fun and extremely useful!"
Science Secondary, 2003 NAMTC/NMM Curriculum Media Reviews

"The fascinating series Rough Science demonstrates exactly how I think science should be approached - functional application...Treat yourself the DVD versions; they will re-pay the investment over and over...These films represent a tremendous resource in providing 'real life' knowledge and valuable information to homeschooling families - not just the children, but parents too. Watching them together is a great way to spend an evening."
Michael Leppert, The Link Homeschool News Network


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