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
Water Dancing (Episode #205)
PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
Dancer and performance artist Lisa Bufano, a bilateral leg and finger amputee, challenges the teams to build specialized prostheses for an underwater performance. D-Squad Pro File: Greg Jones applies his mechanical engineering skills in a broad range of artistic endeavors including "La Contessa," a replica of a 40-foot Spanish galleon built over a school bus.
- PBS Kids: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
Gravity Bikes (Episode #204)
PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
The DESIGN SQUAD teams go head-to-head as they compete to build high-speed gravity bikes for Gravity Sports International champion Tom Whalen. D-Squad Pro File: Gael Force Team 126 from Clinton, Massachusetts, is one of more than 1,300 teams that compete each year at the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition. Teams had just six weeks to design, build and test a robot that raced around a track to move a 40-inch inflatable ball.
- PBS Kids: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
Green Machines (Episode #203)
PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
The teams go green as they work with the Food Project, an organization that creates social change through sustainable agriculture. Two young Food Project volunteers challenge the teams to design a compost lifter for their urban farm. D-Squad Pro File: Industrial engineer Erin Gately creates new environmentally friendly products for Hewlett-Packard by ensuring that HP's computer products are made with fewer non-recyclable materials.
- PBS Kids: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 16, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
Pvc Kayak (Episode #202)
PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
Jump on board as King Island, Alaska, native Sean Gallagher challenges the DESIGN SQUAD teams to build 10-foot kayaks using traditional design but with non-traditional materials. D-Squad Pro File: Mechanical and design engineer Connie Yang is as extreme as the high-tech tents she designs for NEMO Equipment.
- PBS Kids: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
Cardboard Furniture (Episode #201)
PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
The DESIGN SQUAD teams create innovative yet practical cardboard furniture for the home goods superstore IKEA. Furniture shoppers take a seat in the judges' chair to decide the winning team. D-Squad Pro File: 25-year-old Jennifer Chua is a packaging engineer who works at Method, a company in San Francisco that specializes in nontoxic, biodegradable products. Jennifer makes high-quality products that are both good-looking and good for the environment.
- PBS Kids: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 10:30 PM