Design Squad is a reality competition series where eight teenagers learn to think smart, build fast, and contend with a wild array of engineering challenges. With Design Squad Nation, engineer co-hosts Judy and Adam travel across the country, working side by side with kids and using engineering to turn kids’ dreams into reality. On the Web, Design Squad provides students with a forum to brainstorm, submit project ideas, and respond to the ideas of others through sketches and real world prototypes. Check out this clip below in which a cast member designs, prototypes, and completes a working pulley.
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From staff and wire reports, eSchool News, October 16, 2012 — The government recognizes that we need to get more students interested in math, science and technology if America is going to compete in an ever increasingly technology-based world. In Connecticut, a group of teenagers have teamed up with a local engineering firm to build an electric car. Seventh graders in some Illinois schools are designing playground equipment using advanced modeling software. Middlesboro, Ky., eighth graders are going to have a “robot drag race” later this year. These and many more projects across the nation are made possible by the nonprofit organization Project Lead The Way (PLTW), which provides STEM curriculum and programs to schools across the country.
PLTW uses project-based learning to prepare students for the global economy. It also offers professional development for teachers and includes a network of educators, students, universities, and professionals who work together to design the curriculum.
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Sid the Science Kid’s “Technology & Engineering Week” starts today, running from December 5th – 9th, with new episodes that have a special focus on inspiring young children to take an interest in science. The kick off episode, “I Want to Be a Scientist” stars Emmy award-winning actress, America Ferrera as the voice of Dr. Rosalinda Cordova.
The “Build Big” contest invites teams of kids, their teachers, parents, grandparents, neighbors, and friends to super-size Design Squad’s hands-on activities, make a video, and enter. Winning teams may have their creations featured on the Design Squad website, and the first-place team will receive a Flip® video camera and have the chance to speak with the show’s co-hosts, Judy Lee and Adam Vollmer via video chat.
Here’s a quick video description:
For additional details on brainstorming for your project or how to enter, visit the contest website.