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Antiques Roadshow; Trash to Treasure


Antiques Roadshow 1220 Trash to Treasure EE Master - Texted, Mixed, No CC First Air Date: 12/15/2008

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Antiques Roadshow
Trash to Treasure
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Series Description

ROADSHOW is part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt. Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation, travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cameras watch as owners recount tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-neglected items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truth about these finds. Series hosT 100-400: Chris Jussel; Series hosT 5-600: Dan Elias. Series release date: 1997

Program Description

Original Episode Number: 410

For the season finale, Design Squad Nation asked kids across the country to recycle, re-use, and re-engineer everyday materials into the next big invention in the 2010 Trash to Treasure contest. Three grand-prize winners visit Boston to work with professional engineers at Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy, to see their original ideas become real products.

Engineering Content: Innovation occurs at the intersection of a vision, problem, creative thinking, materials, and persistence. Science Content: Simple Machines; Force, Buoyancy; Technology, Tools, Materials, and Devices

Winner: Lilly Bulawa, "Sibling Soaker" Lilly's "Sibling Soaker" is a homemade dunking booth made of common household items. After seeing a dunking booth at a fair, Lilly thought of making one for her own backyard parties, and came up with the idea of "just breaking a water balloon over someone's head." "I made a target out of an old kitchen grease screen that pivots and swings an arm with a pin attached. This pin hits a water balloon hanging off a clothes pin. Throw, hit target, break water balloon, douse annoying sisters!!"

Winner: MaryAnn Bulawa, "Smarter Toilet" MaryAnn's invention was inspired by the idea of putting a brick in your toilet tank to save water. "My cousins - who are boys - said this doesn't always work because sometimes you need a powerful flush!!" Her solution, "The Smarter Toilet," allows you to choose how much water you flush. A bottle at the end of a plunger acts like a removable brick, and a trigger mechanism lets the bottle float up "if a more powerful flush is needed." To further conserve water, rain is directed into the tank so that less fresh water is needed. "My invention will save millions of gallons of water. More then 40 percent of daily water requirements are used by toilets."

Winner: Daniel Kim, "MiBike" The inspiration for Daniel's invention came from his daily walk to and from school, "My back aches a lot from hauling heavy books to and fro. I want to ride my bike, but the big backpack makes me lose balance. Also when it rains, I get soaked." Daniel's solution is the Mibike; it "turns an old bike into an awesome vehicle for students to use. You ride it like a bike, but you have side mirrors, a roof (to block the rain/snow) and a storage compartment for all your books, pencils, backpacks, etc." The MiBike is also eco-friendly and will encourage people to exercise by giving them the ability to commute by bike.



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Antiques and Collectibles
Moreno, Aida (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Antiques Roadshow; Trash to Treasure,” 12/15/2008, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 13, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_76C12AD450A24B2CB22ACEE057417E18.
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