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
Winner Takes All (Episode #113)
PBS Kids: Thu, Jul 26, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
The season concludes when the product design firm Continuum asks the DS teams to develop and test a "summer sled" for retail giant L.L. Bean. It's a bumpy, downhill slide to the finish line.
- PBS Kids: Fri, Jul 27, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Jul 26, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
Bodies Electric (Episode #112)
PBS Kids: Thu, Jul 19, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
The teams "take a shine" to hip hop artist Wyatt Jackson when they try to create a sound and light show triggered by Jackson's moves and grooves. In a live performance, it's DS night at the Strand Theater!
- PBS Kids: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Jul 19, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
Blowin' in the Wind (Episode #111)
PBS Kids: Thu, Jul 12, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
The teams tap into their inner artists as they compete to design and build wind-powered kinetic art from recycled materials. The winning sculpture is put on display at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
- PBS Kids: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Jul 12, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
Pumped (Episode #110)
PBS Kids: Thu, Jul 5, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
An 11-foot-tall water slide will be a cool addition to the community pool - once there's a pump to deliver the water. See which invention makes the biggest splash with YMCA campers.
- PBS Kids: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Jul 5, 2012 -- 10:30 PM