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
Green Machines (Episode #203)
PBS Kids: Thu, Apr 25, 2013 -- 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, Apr 26, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Apr 25, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Pvc Kayak (Episode #202)
PBS Kids: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 -- 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, Apr 19, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Cardboard Furniture (Episode #201)
PBS Kids: Thu, Apr 11, 2013 -- 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, Apr 12, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Apr 11, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Winner Takes All (Episode #113)
PBS Kids: Thu, Apr 4, 2013 -- 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, Apr 5, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Apr 4, 2013 -- 10:30 PM