Rough Science Series
All Mapped Out
The Rough Scientists make a map, paper and ink, and a sound-recording device.
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.
Directed by Sarah Topalian and David Shulman
Produced by BBC and The Open University
Executive Producer: Karen O'Connor
Series Producer: Steve Evanson
Presented by Kate Humble
The other programs in the series are:
102. Bugs and Barometers - The Rough Scientists make anti-bacterial cream, a microscope, and a weather station.
103. Time and Transmitter - The Rough Scientists build a transmitter, make a portable clock, and a botanical kite.
104. Feel the Heat - The Rough Scientists make ice, a thermometer and sunblock.
105. Sun and Sea - The Rough Scientists build an underwater light and generate electricity to top up a battery.
106. The Science of Celebration - The Rough Scientists make fireworks and some musical instruments.
107. Mediterranean Mystery - The Rough Scientists work out their latitude and longitude, make insect repellent, and a radio from an old saucepan.
108. Simmering Shutterbugs - The Rough Scientists devise a camera, make a compass, and dye a flag.
109. Power Supplies - The Rough Scientists produce electricity and create a small pharmacy.
110. Sustenance and SayonaraThe Rough Scientists make soap and toothpaste, and put food on the table.
Grade Level: 5-7, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2002
Copyright Date: 2002
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-961-4
"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
"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
"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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www.pbs.org/roughscience (PBS' web site for the series.)
Awards and Festivals
Gold Plaque, Chicago International Television Awards
Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth
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"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
"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