Bullfrog Films
290 minutes
Closed Captioned

Grades General

Directed by Sarah Topalian and David Shulman
Produced by BBC and The Open University

DVD Purchase $50
US Release Date: 2002
Copyright Date: 2002
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-960-6

Coast and Ocean
Critical Thinking
Earth Science
Life Science
Marine Biology
Natural Resources
Physical Science
Technology and Society

Awards and Festivals
Gold Plaque, Chicago International Television Awards
A Series of 10 programs Series
Rough Science (Home Use Only)
For Personal Use Only

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.

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

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:

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

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

Web Page: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/rshv.html

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

The Independent

"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