Rough Science

Rough Science

2002 - 2008, Science
Five scientists marooned on an island complete a set of tasks.
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Episode Guide

  • Rough Science - Photograph (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:


    A combination of manure and stones produce a recognizable photograph.

  • Rough Science - Mine (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:


    In order to safely explore a dark, wet mine, the team must find a way to detect radioactive rocks.

  • Rough Science - Clean (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:


    The challenge for the team is for the members to get themselves and their clothes clean.

  • Rough Science - Mountains (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:


    How high and how much the peak weighs.

  • Rough Science - Safety (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:


    Two environmental hazards: fire and pollution.

  • Rough Science - Power (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:


    At their high altitude base in the Rocky Mountains, the team attempts to supply the old mill with gas and electricity.

  • Rough Science - Beneath the Waves (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Beneath the Waves

    The scientists must build an underwater breathing device.

  • Rough Science - The Reef (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    The Reef

    The scientists must invent a system that can alert boats that they are entering a coral reef area.

  • Rough Science - The Lighthouse (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    The Lighthouse

    The team's challenge is to build a lighthouse on the tiny island of Bawe, which is covered by dense tropical forest and has no electricity.

  • Rough Science - Call of the Wild (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Call of the Wild

    The team's challenge is to find a way of eavesdropping on the sounds of the reef.

  • Rough Science - Lost at Sea (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Lost at Sea

    The team's task is to prepare Kate for being lost at sea, providing her with a distress flare, a life jacket and a beacon.

  • Rough Science - Shipwrecked (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:


    Scientists mount an expedition to find a shipwreck off Zanzibar's west coast.

  • Rough Science - Rocket (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:


    Mike Bullivant, Jonathan Hare and Kathy Sykes try to build three different rockets using water as fuel; launching a raw egg and returning it safely to earth.

  • Rough Science - Aerial Surveyor (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Aerial Surveyor

    Designing an aerial surveyor; locating the epicenter of California's huge 1872 earthquake; making a carbon dioxide filter.

  • Rough Science - Impact (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:


    The team is challenged to measure a giant crater and determine the size of a meteor.

  • Rough Science - Space Suit (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Space Suit

    The team is challenged to design a cooling system for a spacesuit.

  • Rough Science - Communication (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:


    Carrying a voice on a sunbeam; the botanists try to invent a zero-gravity pen; plaque for deep space.

  • Rough Science - Rover (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:


    The scientists must make a rover, then find water and purify it.

  • Rough Science - The Big Smelt (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    The Big Smelt

    The teams builds a furnace to smelt and forms gold into souvenirs.

  • Rough Science - Treasure Hunt (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Treasure Hunt

    Extracting gold from rock and sand; building an altimeter and using it to find buried gold from a treasure map.

  • Rough Science - Ice (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:


    Measuring the speed and melt of the Franz Josef Glacier.

  • Rough Science - Quakers (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:


    The team makes a waterproof tent and a seismograph using alarm clocks to measure earthquake activity.

  • Rough Science - Shakers (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:


    The team builds an automated gold-panning machine.

  • Rough Science - Gold Rush (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Gold Rush

    Five scientists try to collect gold from a river.

  • Rough Science - The Science of Celebration (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    The Science of Celebration

    The challenge is to create a concert and spectacle to light up the sky.

  • Rough Science - Sun and Sea (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Sun and Sea

    The challenge is to build an underwater light to examine marine life.

  • Rough Science - Feel the Heat (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Feel the Heat

    Thermometers and sunscreen are part of the assignment to lower the effects of the island's heat.

  • Rough Science - Time and Transmitters (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Time and Transmitters

    The island's resources help the five tackle a transmitter, a portable clock and a botanical kite.

  • Rough Science - Bugs and Barometers (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Bugs and Barometers

    The scientists try to construct a biology lab, microscope and weather station within three days, using a basic tool kit and the island's plants.

  • Rough Science - Mapping It Out (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Mapping It Out

    The team of scientists must make a scale map, botanical paper and ink, and a sound-recording device to chart the sites and sounds of the tropical island.

  • Rough Science - Sustenance and Sayonara (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Sustenance and Sayonara

    The scientists grow food, make soap and use seaweed, shells and mint for toothpaste.

  • Rough Science - Power Supplies (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Power Supplies

    The group races to generate power; pharmacy of natural potions.

  • Rough Science - Simmering Shutterbugs (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Simmering Shutterbugs

    Using sea water, seaweed and urine, the scientists construct a camera and film, a compass, and dye for a flag.

  • Rough Science - Mediterranean Mystery (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Mediterranean Mystery

    The scientists try to find their latitude and longitude, make an insect repellent and construct a radio from a saucepan.

  • Rough Science - Zanzibar (Episode 66)
    Episode 66:


    The team must build a lighthouse so that the research vessel can navigate to shore.

  • Rough Science - Asteroids and Impact Craters (Episode 54)
    Episode 54:

    Asteroids and Impact Craters

    Meteor crater.

  • Rough Science - The Right Stuff: Location Unknown (Episode 53)
    Episode 53:

    The Right Stuff: Location Unknown

    Communicating without the use of sound waves.

  • Rough Science - Science for the Shipwrecked Where Are We? (Episode 45)
    Episode 45:

    Science for the Shipwrecked Where Are We?

  • Rough Science - Where Are We? (Episode 44)
    Episode 44:

    Where Are We?

  • Rough Science - Exploration (Episode 39)
    Episode 39:


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