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DESIGN SQUAD SEASON 2

What to know: A reality competition series to inspire a new generation of engineers, as eight high-schoolers contend with a wild array of engineering challenges for real-life clients.
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Recommended age 8-12
120 minutes
DVD
WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
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Loved it! "Those bikes were so cool. I could see myself riding one." "I would definitely watch this series if I can find it." "My friends would love it because its so cool that they made their own bikes and got to race it." "The two teams had a challenge to make the fastest gravity bike. I liked watching the two teams compete." "We want to ride gravity bikes." "Everyone was nice to the other kids and they were also safe." "I would have liked to have seen more of the race." "We liked the riding suit." "We never imagined that a kid could make a bike." "Absolutely loved it and would watch it again. Wish this was on TV on a Saturday when we could watch it."
Reality shows have appeal but this is particularly engaging as kids are split into teams to solve problems, build their ideas using sophisticated engineering principles and power tools, and then compete with one another. The teams are well mixed, boys and girls, different ethnic groups and skill levels. Kids watching this series should feel inspired and confident to try new ideas. Some of the challenges are quite remarkable. For example, In Water Dancing, the teams must make water prosthesis for a woman with no legs and limited hands. The task is not only to make her swim better, but to be innovative in the design. Technical aspects of the program are very good with clear audio and video and lots of interesting camera shots. With each episode, the teams are given pretty sophisticated challenges. They must solve them as a team which has the added challenge of working together.
A reality competition series to inspire a new generation of engineers, as eight high-schoolers contend with a wild array of engineering challenges for real-life clients. Episodes include: "Gravity Bikes" - the Design Squad teams build high-speed gravity bikes; "Water Dancing" - dancer and performance artist Lisa Bufano, a bilateral leg and finger amputee, challenges the teams to build specialized prostheses for an underwater performance; "Cardboard Furniture" - the Design Squad teams create innovative, yet practical, cardboard furniture for the home goods superstore, IKEA.
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