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
Functional Fashion (Episode #108)
PBS Kids: Thu, Feb 28, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
It's a marriage of high tech and haute couture (well, sort of) as the teams compete to see who can design the best dual-purpose clothing. Join DS on the runway as the garments/gadgets make their fashion debut.
- PBS Kids: Thu, Feb 28, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Just for Kicks (Episode #107)
PBS Kids: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
The challenge: design a "revolutionary" device that automatically feeds a stream of balls to Michael Parkhust, a professional soccer player with the New England Revolution. This is one episode that's sure to be a ball.
- PBS Kids: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
A Collective Collaboration (Episode #106)
PBS Kids: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
The teams both set their sights on designing the most durable, portable and low-cost peanut butter making machines for a women's collective in Haiti. Powered by human hands and inspiring to the human heart, DS shows that engineering really can change lives.
- PBS Kids: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Got Game? (Episode #105)
PBS Kids: Thu, Feb 7, 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.
- PBS Kids: Fri, Feb 8, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Feb 7, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Ds Unplugged (Episode #104)
PBS Kids: Fri, Feb 1, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
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!