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Design Squad
Need For Speed, The
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Sneak Preview on WGBH 2 February 24, 2007 Series premiere March 24, 2007

DESIGN SQUAD, a series for kids, is something new on the block - it's aimed at 9- to 12-year-olds, it borrows from the hugely popular reality competition format and it intends to get its viewers excited about engineering. This weekly half-hour series will be serious fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. In 13 episodes, 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 engineer hosts (a male and female twenty-something duo: NOT your stereotypical men-with-pocket-protectors), DESIGN SQUAD 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.

Series release date: 03/24/2007

Program Description

Season One (1) Broadcast in 2007 A PROFESSIONAL RACECAR BUILDER CHALLENGES THE DS TEAMS TO CONVERT KIDDIE TOYS - A RED WAGON AND A TRICYCLE - INTO MOTORIZED DRAGSTERS. FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS FOR DESIGN SQUAD'S RACY DEBUT! Red Team (Tricycle): Natasha Sivananjaiah, Joey Nguyen, Michael “Mike” Spieler, Kim Zalatan Blue Team (Wagon): Krishana House, Noah Tovares, Tom Cotter, Giselle Eng

D-Squad Pro File: Former oil engineer, Pete Bethune, goes green by designing the world's first high-speed powerboat—fueled entirely by biodiesel. Listen in as Pete lays out his plan to circumnavigate the globe in his clean, green machine—EarthRace.

Watch the Pro File: Biodiesel Powerboat

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Game Show
Taylor, Kate (Series Producer)
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