Scientists Face Challenges in Popular Reality-Style Television Show

June 5, 2001

Most reality-based television shows get low marks for educational merit — unless you count Machiavellian lessons in backstabbing. One exception is Rough Science, produced by Britain’s Open University. The program plops down five scientists on a gorgeous desert island and challenges them to build cameras and other gadgets from scraps of found materials. And the university is even designing a for-credit online course to go along with the television show.