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
The Need for Speed (Episode #101)
PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 29, 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.
- PBS Kids: Fri, Aug 30, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 29, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
A Collective Collaboration (Episode #106)
PBS Kids: Thu, Aug 15, 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: Thu, Aug 15, 2013 -- 10:30 PM