scientists start their epic journey on the other side of the
world to hunt for gold. Kate Humble joins the team of modern-day
prospectors as they follow in the footsteps of the original
gold pioneers on the rugged and unforgiving west coast of
New Zealand's South Island.
gold, they have to solve a series of seemingly impossible challenges
with only basic tools, simple materials and a few helpful
household items, like a bag of sugar and some old radios. The
scientists' brainpower, and muscle power, are tested to the
limit as they battle with dense forests and fast-flowing rivers
in one of the wettest places on Earth, with nearly 200 inches
of rain a year. The team's ultimate challenge is to make a
souvenir from pure New Zealand gold.
scientists begin by trying to collect
gold from a river, building a home-made metal
detector, and constructing a super-accurate balance
capable of weighing micrograms of gold.
is a carat? Discover the properties
of gold and how to search for it.
detector make a noise when it passes over metal? Investigate
the physics and learn how to make one for yourself.
it possible to measure micrograms? Find out how a balance
works and whether it's easier to weigh light or heavy objects.
How did the scientists cope with this week's challenges? Did Kathy
struggle to measure micrograms? Was this the first time Ellen, Mike B. and
Mike L. had tried
panning? Was Jonathan
pleased with his metal detector? Read each of the Rough Scientists'
personal diaries to find out what life was really like in