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
Bodies Electric (Episode #112)
KQED Kids: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 -- 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!
- KQED Kids: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Blowin' in the Wind (Episode #111)
KQED Kids: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 -- 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.
- KQED Kids: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Pumped (Episode #110)
KQED Kids: Thu, Mar 14, 2013 -- 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.
- KQED Kids: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Mar 14, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Batter Up (Episode #109)
KQED Kids: Thu, Mar 7, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
How to make a perfect pancake? The DS teams find the right ingredients for a machine that will cook, flip and serve up delicious flapjacks at the flick of a switch. The winning machine is put to the (taste) test at a busy diner.
- KQED Kids: Fri, Mar 8, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Mar 7, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Functional Fashion (Episode #108)
KQED Kids: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
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.