Thursday, April 17, 2008

Design Squad TV show for Teens


Design Squad Season 2 Premieres
Season 2 of Design Squad premiered on April 2 with an innovative, eco-friendly Cardboard Furniture design challenge from IKEA. And even though the season has started, it’s not too late to join in the excitement.

All season long, it’s a crash course Design Squad style as host and twenty-something mechanical engineer Nate Ball guides eight new contestants in 13 half-hour episodes as they compete at building Hockey Net Targets for a Boston Bruins player, designing Underwater Prostheses for an amputee dancer, and developing and racing Gravity Bikes (no pedals!) with a little help from famed inventor and founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), Dean Kamen.

Keeping their eyes on the grand prize—a $10,000 college scholarship provided by the Intel Foundation—and their cool when things get hot, the Design Squad cast soon discovers that good design, a little humor, and of course engineering (!) can make anything possible. Check your local listings for a PBS station near you.

To watch streaming episodes and more, check out http://pbskids.org/designsquad/. And get kids in your community excited about using Design Squad at http://pbskids.org/designsquad/parentseducators/getting_started.html.

Join in a discussion about the relationship between Design and Engineering at the social network site for design:
http://designeducationk12.ning.com/
Go to the Design Thinking Group to find the discussion.

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