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.
Big Bugs (#207) Duration: 28:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
DESIGN SQUAD gets back to nature as the teams sculpt large-scale insects from found forest materials. The winning arthropod will be on display at the New England Wild Flower Society's Big Bugs exhibit. D-Squad Pro File: Matt Sisul and William Cao are 20-something structural engineers who volunteer for Engineers Without Borders to promote urban development in Africa and South America.
Aquatic Robots (#208) Duration: 28:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Super Duck Excursions, the Boston-based terra-amphibious touring company, challenges the teams to create underwater radio-controlled robots to spice up their narrated tours. D-Squad Pro File: Mikell Taylor, a systems engineer at Bluefin Robotics, not only builds Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) for the U.S. Navy, but she's also taken the lead in creating a new consumer product: a personal training device for swimmers.
Band Cam (#209) Duration: 28:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
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.
No Crying In Baseball (#210) Duration: 28:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
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.
Hockey Net Target (#211) Duration: 28:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
The Design Squad teams take to the ice as Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Lashoff challenge the teams to build remote controlled hockey net targets.
Go-Kart Finale - Part 1 (#212) Duration: 28:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
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.
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