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Series
Design Squad
Program
Gravity Bikes
Program Number

204

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

Watch the Design Squad teams in a head-to-head competition as they build high-speed, gravity bikes for Gravity Sports International champion Tom Whalen.

D-Squad Pro File: Gael Force Team 126 from Clinton, Massachusetts, is one of more than 1,300 teams that compete each year at the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition. Teams had just six weeks to design, build, and test a robot that raced around a track to move a 40-inch inflatable ball.

NOTE: Profile alternate title: First Robotics.

Duration

00:28:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Game Show
Topics
Science
Creators
Taylor, Kate (Series Producer)
Citation
Chicago: “Design Squad; Gravity Bikes,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BFCDF9D6482C429283CF5263C0936A58.
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APA: Design Squad; Gravity Bikes. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BFCDF9D6482C429283CF5263C0936A58
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