Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Design Squad Nation Gets Kids Excited About Engineering and Launches the BUILD BIG Contest!

My oldest son is in college studying to be an engineer, so anything to do with engineering always catches my eye. Something that recently got my attention was the new PBS KIDS show, Design Squad Nation! Studies have shown that American children often lag behind other countries when it comes to math and science, so I love that this show is designed to help kids get excited about engineering and to see its real-world applications. In the show, engineers Judy Lee and Adam Vollmer go around the country and help kids make their ideas come to life through engineering principles. For example, in the premiere show that I saw, “Apache Skateboarders,” Judy and Adam help the kids in a Native-American community build a skateboard park so they’ll have a fun and healthy place to spend their free time. The children actually help to design the facility and build it from the ground up.

The show’s creators have also launched the BUILD BIG contest! They’re inviting teams of kids, teachers, parents, grandparents, neighbors, and more to “supersize” Design Squad’s hands-on activities, make a video of their efforts, and submit it to the BUILD BIG contest. The winning team will get a Flip Cam and have their project featured on the Design Squad Nation website! The contest is going on now and ends on August 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST.

I love that Design Squad Nation and the BUILD BIG contest show kids that if they have a dream, it can come true through their own efforts. They learn that engineering and science have practical uses, and that they’re smart enough to master them! I hope you and your children will check out Design Squad Nation on PBS KIDS. (Check your local listings for show times.)


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DISCLOSURE: I received a screening copy of an episode of this show for the purposes of this review. No financial compensation was provided.


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