Rough Science

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    • Power Supplies
      Power Supplies
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      6/9/00
      8.5
      Moving on from the battery in episode 2, this time the scientists face the challenge of building an electric generator to run on natural energy.
    • Sustenance and Sayonara
      Sustenance and Sayonara
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      6/16/00
      8.5
      The team are asked to create soap and toothpaste using only ingredients they can find in the wild, and a record player from scrap material.
    • Beneath the Waves
      Beneath the Waves
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      3/23/05
      0.0
    • Gold Rush
      Gold Rush
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      10/25/02
      0.0
      In the first set of gold-mining challenges in New Zealand's Westland National Park, Ellen, Mike B and Mike L attempt to pan gold from a river while Jonathan builds a metal detector and Kathy devises a balance scale capable of weighing tiny amounts of gold to the nearest millionth of a gram.moreless
    • Rover
      Rover
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      1/6/04
      0.0
      Week one's challenges are heavily focused on the "exploration" theme.
      Jonathan's challenge is to make a rover; a remote controlled vehicle that could explore strange new worlds.
      Iain and Ellen have to use their geological and botanical skills to search for water in the desert.
      Assuming they find some water, Kathy and Mike are going to have to find a way of purifying it to make it safe for drinking - an essential component for any mission into deep space.moreless
    • Mediterranean Mystery
      Mediterranean Mystery
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      5/26/00
      0.0
      The five scientists are taken to a mystery location in the Mediterranean. Their first challenge is to determine their latitude and longitude and thus pinpoint exactly where they are. They are also asked to create insect repellent and a radio.
    • Lost at Sea
      Lost at Sea
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      2/23/05
      0.0
    • Mapping It Out
      Mapping It Out
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      5/7/02
      0.0
      The second series takes five scientists to the Carribean island of Carriacou, where their first challenge is to create a scale map of the island - using paper and ink derived from the local vegetation. The team are also challenged to build a sound-recording device from scrap.
    • Shipwrecked
      Shipwrecked
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      2/16/05
      0.0
    • Call of the Wild
      Call of the Wild
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      3/2/05
      0.0
    • Aerial Surveyor
      Aerial Surveyor
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      2/3/04
      0.0
    • Rocket
      Rocket
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      2/10/04
      0.0
    • Impact
      Impact
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      1/27/04
      0.0
    • Feel the Heat
      Feel the Heat
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      5/28/02
      0.0
      Keeping cool is the focus of the latest batch of scientific challenges. Using only the basic equipment provided, plus whatever plants they can find on the island, the team are given the task of devising a refrigeration device, and a thermometer for measuring the results.
    • Sun and Sea
      Sun and Sea
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      6/4/02
      0.0
      The Rough Scientists are challenged to devise an underwater lighting system to help them explore the waters around Carriacou - but they can only use natural power sources.
    • The Reef
      The Reef
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      3/16/05
      0.0
    • To the Lighthouse
      To the Lighthouse
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      3/9/05
      0.0
    • Time and Transmitters
      Time and Transmitters
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      5/21/02
      0.0
      The team turn their attention to communication in the third episode from Carriacou. Kate challenges them to build a transmitter and radio reciever to send messages across the island, plus a kite and an accurate clock using only basic materials.
    • Spacesuit
      Spacesuit
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      1/20/04
      0.0
    • Communication
      Communication
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      1/13/04
      0.0
      No space mission can succeed without communication, so Week two's set of Rough Science space challenges are all based around making contact.
      Jonathan and Kathy have to come up with a way of communicating that doesn't use sound waves - because in the vacuum of space, there's nothing for them to move through.
      It took two years and a million pounds to develop a pen for use in space - one that would work in zero gravity. Ellen and Mike have no money and just three days to come up with their own version.
      Iain's challenge is very different. He has to find a way to communicate with aliens! NASA faced this problem when they sent the Pioneer probe out into deep space. Their solution was a plaque with crucial information about the creatures (us) who had sent the craft out into space. So Iain has to come up with a plaque that would communicate information about the Rough Science team to aliens.moreless
    • The Science of Celebration
      The Science of Celebration
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      6/11/02
      0.0
      With the team about to leave their tropical island base, it's time for a party. The team face the challenge of creating a light-and-sound show to celebrate their success in the previous challenges - but will this one prove too tricky even for them?
    • Bugs and Barometers
      Bugs and Barometers
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      5/14/02
      0.0
      Cut off from their usual laboratory equipment, the team are challenged to create their own from scratch - including a microscope, biology lab and weather station.
    • Shakers
      Shakers
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      11/1/02
      0.0
      Mike L, Kathy and Jonathan are set the task of building an automated gold-panning machine, while Ellen is challenged to work out the date of the most recent major earthquake in the area. The team's resident chemist Mike B is charged with the task of creating a skin-cream to help protect the scientists' hands in the cold New Zealand winter. And Kate reveals to the team their ultimate goal for the series.moreless
    • Quakers
      Quakers
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      11/8/02
      0.0
      Ellen's task this week is to devise a way of waterproofing a tent that Mike B and Mike L will take on an expedition to seek out gold. Meanwhile Kathy and Jonathan build a seismograph using parts from an old alarm clock.
    • Treasure Hunt
      Treasure Hunt
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      11/29/02
      0.0
      With the team's time in New Zealand running out, Kate offers the team some extra gold to help them make their jewelery. But it's buried somewhere on a nearby mountainside - so the scientists will need cunning to work out exactly where. Meanwhile Kathy searches for gold on a beach, and the two Mikes work out how to extract the gold from rocks collected earlier in the series.moreless
    • The Big Smelt
      The Big Smelt
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      12/6/02
      0.0
      The culmination of the group's New Zealand adventure. The team have found enough gold to carry out their final task, but they still face the challenge of purifying the gold and working it into a piece of jewelery.
    • Simmering Shutterbugs
      Simmering Shutterbugs
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      6/2/00
      0.0
    • Ice
      Ice
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      11/22/02
      0.0
      The entire team are taken on a journey to the Franz Josef glacier and must pool their knowledge to work out both how fast the glacier is moving, and how fast it is melting. They must also create heat to keep themselves warm - but without lighting a fire.
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