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Mapping It out

Synopsis
A series of six programmes in which five scientists are marooned, with very basic equipment, on the Caribbean island of Carriacou, just north of Granada, where they are challenged to use their scientific knowledge as survival skills. The participants are Mike Bullivant (chemist), Kathy Sykes and Jonathan Hare (physicists), Mike Leahy (virologist) and Ellen McCallie (ethnobotanist).

In this first programme they are given just three days in which to develop the means of recording the sounds and sights of their tropical island. To make an accurate scale map, the scientists have first to make instruments including a metre stick, protractor and even a telescope before ‘measuring’ the island and checking on local rock formations and the environment. They must make paper and ink from local, natural ingredients - which includes fashioning a quill pen from a bird’s feather. Their efforts are compared with the ‘real’ map.
Sound recording involves producing a mechanical design similar to Edison’s original recording device and making a loud noise to record.
Series
Rough Science, Series 2, Course Xs003
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2002
Year of production
2001
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 on 7/5/02
Subjects
Science
Keywords
applied science; cartography; paper-making; sound recordings

Distribution Formats

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£130.50 + VAT
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
30 minutes
Year
2002

Production Company

Name

Open University Production Centre

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
NB. As of May 2016 Open University Worldwide are no longer distributing DVDs. They have posted this message on their website: ‘Unfortunately Open University Worldwide Limited has decided that product sales are no longer viable given the reduced funding to Higher Education institutions and diminishing demand for the products we have traditionally stocked. At present the Open University Students Association (OUSA) will continue to sell the "Good Study Guide", and we are in discussion with other possible distributors to continue to make The Open University’s products available for purchase. As soon as we have any information on other channels of distribution we will update this notice’. Some products are still available via second hand dealers on Amazon.co.uk

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