Grades 5 - 12, College, Adult
Directed by Sarah Topalian and David Shulman
Produced by BBC and The Open University
DVD Purchase $79 VHS Purchase $79
US Release Date: 2002
Copyright Date: 2002
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-093-6
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-960-6
Oceans and Coasts
Awards and Festivals
Gold Plaque, Chicago International Television Awards
A Series of 10 Programs|
10-part series in which five scientists on a tropical island cooperate to solve a series of scientific challenges using only their knowledge, ingenuity, and whatever is at hand.
Two physicists, a botanist, a biologist, and a chemist are transported to an isolated island where they must work together to solve a series of challenges. Removed from their laboratories full of high-tech instruments and extensive supplies, they must rely on their collective knowledge, ingenuity and cooperation to accomplish their goals. They are given three days to complete their tasks and, with the exception of a rudimentary tool kit, must use only indigenous materials to do so.
The series shows the underlying principles that the scientists draw from in order to solve the challenges. These include making anti-bacterial cream and sun-tan lotion, making paper and ink, distilling salt water, building a weather station and predicting the weather, charting the island and drawing an accurate scale map, and even making fireworks!
Throughout the series, the personable scientists show how science and math can be exciting, fun, and extremely useful!
The 3 DVD discs in this series are:
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"This entertaining series...succeeds in making science fun and accessible."
"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."
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Seattle Post Intelligencer
"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
"A sound acquisition for school libraries to enhance the science curriculum as well as for public libraries with non-print science collections."
School Library Journal
"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