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Design Squad


ep. 103, Rescue Robot, ProFile of Debbie Theobald Systems engineer Debbie Theobald, shows how the robot she created, BEAR, can be used to rescue people from dangerous situations. Shows the role of different engineers on the same project. 103: Skunk'd Rescue Robot, Profile of Debbie Theobald, Deborah Theobald, Jonathan Klein, Scott Kulberg, Jamie Gordon Nichol, Aidan Theobald, Amber Theobald, Andrew Theobald, Daniel Theobald Vecna Technologies

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Design Squad
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

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Broadcast program

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Game Show
Taylor, Kate (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Design Squad,” 06/01/2006, GBH Archives, accessed June 18, 2024,
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