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
Ds Unplugged (Episode #104)
KQED Kids: Thu, Jan 31, 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: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Skunk'd (Episode #103)
KQED Kids: Thu, Jan 24, 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, Jan 25, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Rock On (Episode #102)
KQED Kids: Thu, Jan 17, 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, Jan 18, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
The Need for Speed (Episode #101)
KQED Kids: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
A professional racecar builder challenges the DS teams to convert kiddie toys - a red wagon and a tricycle - into motorized dragsters.
- KQED Kids: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Bodies Electric (Episode #112)
KQED Kids: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 10:30 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!