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
Go-Kart Finale - Part 1 (Episode #212)
KQED Kids: Thu, Jun 27, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
In this two-part season finale, the teams revamp go-karts in a high speed, off-road race. The first vehicle to cross the finish line will be featured in MAKE Magazine, and the contestant with the most point earns... a college scholarship provided by the Intel Foundation.
- KQED Kids: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Jun 27, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Hockey Net Target (Episode #211)
KQED Kids: Thu, Jun 20, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
The Design Squad teams take to the ice as Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Lashoff challenge the teams to build remote controlled hockey net targets.
- KQED Kids: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Jun 20, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
No Crying In Baseball (Episode #210)
KQED Kids: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
The teams must hit a home run for Del "The Dogman" Christman - local celebrity and hot dog vendor for the Lowell Spinners (a Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) - who is in need of an onion dispenser to dress up his dogs. D-Squad Pro File: 25-year-olds Curtis Cruz and Becky O'Hara, engineers for Rawlings Sporting Goods, have a dream job that combines their passion for baseball with their love of math and science.
- KQED Kids: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Jun 13, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
Band Cam (Episode #209)
KQED Kids: Thu, Jun 6, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
There's nothing like the World Music rhythms of Zili Misik to send the DESIGN SQUAD teams into an artistic groove. The eight-member all-female band challenges the teams to create remote-controlled aerial camera systems to cover their live performance. D-Squad Pro File: Mark Cayla, head engineer for Airship Management Services in North Carolina, maintains and operates some of the world's largest blimps for everyone from presidential candidates to the military.
- KQED Kids: Fri, Jun 7, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Kids: Thu, Jun 6, 2013 -- 10:30 PM