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Design Squad Nation; Cut Above, A, Part 1


SD Master of Episode 104: A Cut Above Pt. 1 (Fashion)

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Design Squad Nation
Cut Above, A, Part 1
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This series, hosted by professional engineers Judy Lee and Adam Vollmer, is about making kids' dreams come true through engineering. As engineers Judy and Adam use their know-how to help kids across the country and around the world design and build creations.

Premiering on PBS in January 2011, DESIGN SQUAD NATION is a 10-part series of TV shows and video blogs that build on the success of the award-winning PBS reality competition series DESIGN SQUAD to get kids excited about engineering. DESIGN SQUAD NATION is high-energy, high-drama reality TV led by Judy and Adam, two professional engineers who work with kids around the world to make their wishes come true through engineering. From creating a park for skaters at the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona to building a playground in a rural village in Nicaragua's northern mountains, the goal of DESIGN SQUAD NATION is to inspire viewers to take on their own hands-on engineering activities. Series release date: 1/26/2011

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Original Episode Number: 407

Judy and Adam travel to New York City, the fashion capital of the United States, to meet up-and-coming designers Eduarda and Juan. Eduarda and Juan’s dreams come true when fashion designer Christian Siriano challenges them to showcase their individuality and creativity by drawing upon Judy and Adam’s engineering know-how to re-interpret a gown from his collection. Their red carpet-worthy designs are treated to a surprise critique when two editors from Teen Vogue magazine join Christian at a fashion shoot.

Engineering Content: Engineering isn’t about hiding away in some lab—it’s about collaborating with interesting people and using science, math, and technology to solve real problems; The most common ways to prevent system failure are anticipation of failure modes, robust design, margins of safety, pre-testing parts and procedures, and redundancy. Science Content: Electricity; Properties and Changes of Properties in Matter; Technology, Tools, Materials, and Devices



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Chicago: “Design Squad Nation; Cut Above, A, Part 1,” 12/29/2010, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_46FDD612433D41C180084A5D2459C543.
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APA: Design Squad Nation; Cut Above, A, Part 1. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_46FDD612433D41C180084A5D2459C543
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