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Design Squad is a unique reality series that is geared towards teenagers. The show has two teams that are competing for a $10,000 Intel college scholarship. The groups have to create an engineered machine, so this is appealing to kids that have an interest in science or engineering.

Each season's episode consists of a topic and rules to create a machine to cater to its purpose. Here are a few examples of the episodes' topics. One episode has a professional race car builder challenge the teams to take kiddie toys and convert them to motorized dragsters. Another episode challenges them to use remote-controlled cameras to cover every possible angel during a basketball game.

PBS Kids
2 Seasons, 36 Episodes
February 21, 2007
Reality
7.9/10
Cast: Nathan Ball, Deanne Bell, Thomas Cotter, Giselle Eng
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  • In the final showdown, the teams test their sea legs by building sailboats to race across the open ocean. The captain of the winning team is awarded a $10,000 college scholarship from the Intel Foundation.

  • In the final showdown, the teams test their sea legs by building sailboats to race across the open ocean. The captain of the winning team is awarded a $10,000 college scholarship from the Intel Foundation.

  • The competition heats up when Redbones BBQ Restaurant owner, Rob Gregory, challenges the teams to build a bicycle-powered rotisserie.

  • Come along for the ride as the Design Squads build dry land dog sleds for Jamaican Dog Sled team members Damion Robb and Newton Marshall.

  • Come along for the ride as the Design Squads build dry land dog sleds for Jamaican Dog Sled team members Damion Robb and Newton Marshall.

  • It comes down to the buzzer when WNBA players Lindsay Whalen and Tameka Raymond challenge the Design Squads to build T-shirt shooters that reach their arena's upper deck. The winning T-shirt shooter is announced live at a Connecticut Sun home game.

  • The Design Squads build remote-controlled, aquatic pet rescue vehicles for the New Orleans Fire Department.

  • The Design Squads build remote-controlled, aquatic pet rescue vehicles for the New Orleans Fire Department.

  • U.S. Paralympic athlete and wheelchair rugby player Kerri Morgan asks the teams to track her every move on the court by building an automated wheelchair that simulates a defensive player on the attack.

  • The Design Squad teams reach new heights by building indestructible, remote-controlled, flying football targets for Nerf toymaker Hasbro. Future football stars judge the designs for the kick-off episode of season three.

  • In this two-part season finale, the teams revamp go-karts in a high-speed off-road race. The fastest go-kart will be featured in MAKE magazine, and the contestant who ends up with the most total points wins a college scholarship provided by the Intel Foundation.

  • In this two-part season finale, the teams revamp go-karts in a high-speed off-road race. The fastest go-kart will be featured in MAKE magazine, and the contestant who ends up with the most total points wins a college scholarship provided by the Intel Foundation.

  • They shoot, they score! Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Lashoff challenges the teams to build remote-controlled hockey net targets.

  • The teams must hit a home run for Del "The Dogman" Christman - local celebrity and hot dog vendor for the Lowell Spinners (a Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) - who is in need of an onion dispenser to dress up his dogs.

  • Make way for Super Duck Excursions! Christine Lee, guide for the Boston-based amphibious touring vehicle company, challenges the teams to create an underwater-radio-controlled robot to add a level of excitement to her narrated tour.

  • DESIGN SQUAD gets back to nature as the teams sculpt large-scale insects from found forest materials.

  • The teams bring the adrenaline rush of an amusement park ride to the backyard of 13-year old Andreas Hoffman.

  • Dancer and performance artist Lisa Bufano, a bilateral leg and finger amputee, challenges the teams to build specialized prostheses for an underwater performance.

  • The Design Squad teams go head-to-head as they compete to build high-speed, gravity bikes for Gravity Sports International champion Tom Whalen.

  • Two Food Project volunteers challenge the teams to design a compost lifter for their urban farm.

  • An Alaska native challenges the DESIGN SQUAD teams to build 10-foot kayaks using traditional design but with non-traditional materials.

  • The Design Squad teams create innovative yet practical cardboard furniture for the home good superstore IKEA. Furniture shoppers take a seat in the judge's chair to decide the winning team.

  • The Design Squad is asked to develop and test a summer sled for L.L. Bean.

  • The Design Squad compete to create a sound and light show triggered by hip-hop artist Wyatt Jackson's moves.

  • The Design Squad teams use recycled materials to make wind powered kinetic art.

  • A new 11-foot tall water slide is built for the YMCA pool, the teams have to make a pump to deliver the water.

  • The Design Squad teams compete to make a machine to make flapjacks at the flick of a switch; the machine has to cook, flip, and make delicious flapjacks.

  • The Design Squad teams compete to design the best dual purpose clothing.

  • The Design Squad have the challenge to design a device that automatically sends balls to Michael Parkhurst, who plays for the New England Revolution.

  • The Design Squad help change the lives of a women's collective in Haiti; by designing a low cost, portable, and durable peanut butter making machine.

  • The Design Squad have a challenge to cover all the angles of a basketball game by using remote controlled cameras.

  • The Design Squad compete to build a 20 foot bridge; without power tools, forklifts, or even flushable toilets.

  • The Design Squad make bikes for a man named Skunk who wants to impress the members of SCUL (Subversive Choppers Urban Legion).

  • The Design Squad teams compete to make one percussive and one stringed original musical instruments for Off White Noise.

  • The Design Squad teams are challenged by a professional race car builder to convert kiddie toys into motorized dragsters.

Design Squad Video Clips & Extras

DESIGN SQUAD at Maker Faire | PVC Pipe Organ | PBS Clip (02:51) DESIGN SQUAD at Maker Faire | Electric Roadster | PBS Clip (03:17) DESIGN SQUAD at Maker Faire | Drawing Sound | PBS Clip (02:31) DESIGN SQUAD at Maker Faire | Giant Rubber Band Car | PBS Clip (02:23) DESIGN SQUAD at Maker Faire | Botanicalls | PBS Clip (01:34) DESIGN SQUAD @ Maker Faire | Solar Jewelry | PBS Clip (03:36)

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