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Chapter 1: Design Squad Inspiring a New Generation of Engineers
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[Page 20]In February 2007, the first kids' TV program dedicated to engineering premiered on PBS. Geared for upper elementary and middle school students, Design Squad pits two teams of teenagers against each other in high-energy, high-drama engineering competitions intended to solve real-world problems for real-world clients (see Figure 1.1). As a television series, Design Squad aims to inspire its young viewers—to show that engineering is accessible, doable, and most of all, fun. At the same time, Design Squad pushes the audience experience beyond passive viewing to include active, hands-on involvement in engineering activities. The television program is integrated into ...