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Design Squad
Collective Collaboration, A
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Series Description

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 THE TEAMS 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. Gerthy Lahens, Haitian Community Activist and Peter Haas, Executive Director of AIDG assist in the judging. Lahens sets the initial challenge and brings the winning design's working model to Petit Anse, Haiti.

Red Team: Tom Cotter, Giselle Eng, Kim Zalatan, Joey Nguyen Blue Team: Noah Tovares, Natasha Sivananjaiah, Michael “Mike” Spieler, Krishana House

D-Squad Pro File: A mother of three, Debbie Theobald knows all about coming to the rescue. Watch how Debbie and a team of engineers bring to life BEAR, a robot designed to remove people from dangerous settings and situations.

Watch the Pro File: Rescue Robot

D-Squad Pro File: Employing the same skills he uses in his work at NASA, Evan Thomas, a volunteer working with Engineers Without Borders, designs water recovery and purification systems for use in the arid country of Rwanda.

Watch the Pro File: NASA Toilet

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Broadcast program

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Game Show
Taylor, Kate (Series Producer)
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