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!
Besides the greatly improved visual and audio qualities, 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.
The 3 DVD discs in this 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
DISC 3 - 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
DVD ISBN: 1-56029-971-1
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-971-1
"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