DESIGN SQUAD, a series aimed at 9- to 12-year-olds, borrows from the reality competition format and intends to get its viewers excited about engineering. Two teams of high school students (ages 16-19) design, build and test whimsical machines and innovative products -- everything from a wireless light and dance show to an automatic pancake maker -- for real clients. Guided by two young engineer hosts, the teams are scored for their ability to think outside the box and meet (or surpass) the demands of the challenge at hand. In the final episode, the top two scorers battle for the grand prize: a $10,000 college scholarship.
Design Squad Previous Broadcasts
Got Game? (Episode #105)
KQED Kids: Thu, Sep 26, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
Challenged to come up with a way to cover all the angles of a basketball game via remote-controlled cameras, the teams dive into action and compete to prove who's got (the whole) game.
- KQED Kids: Fri, Sep 27, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Sep 26, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Ds Unplugged (Episode #104)
KQED Kids: Thu, Sep 19, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
The teams take a crash course in pre-industrial building techniques as they compete to build 20-foot bridges - without the aid of power tools, forklifts or flushable toilets. It's a show for the (Middle) Ages!
- KQED Kids: Fri, Sep 20, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Sep 19, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Skunk'd (Episode #103)
KQED Kids: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
When a guy named Skunk comes looking for a bike bizarre enough to impress the members of SCUL (Subversive Choppers Urban Legion), you give him what he wants. The rubber really meets the road when DS parades their newly created choppers (bikes) on a SCUL mission.
- KQED Kids: Fri, Sep 13, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Rock On (Episode #102)
KQED Kids: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
The teams compete to create original musical instruments - one stringed and one percussive - for Off White Noise, a local band. The instruments are put to the test when Off White Noise rocks out at the Middle East nightclub.
- KQED Kids: Fri, Sep 6, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 -- 10:30 PM