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Design Squad

Design Squad

Fall 2008 Website
Ages: 8 - 14 yrs.
Producer: WGBH Educational Foundation
Producer: Interactive Kids Group
PBS’s Design Squad is a contemporary, exciting and inspirational resource for tweens and teens of all backgrounds. Presenting content in a fun and hip format, the site introduces visitors to the world of engineering and empowers young people and adults alike to learn about and experiment with science. The visually compelling format attracts and motivates users to read, watch, build and learn.

The video section includes show and bonus footage and also offers fans an inside look at the competing teams and an opportunity to "meet" the cast, while building projects range from creating a mini zip line to building a motorized car. Extensive resources for parents and educators round out the content and provide a lasting educational experience for the entire family. The site also reaches out to engineers, offering them the chance to host events and workshops to foster an interest in this vital industry.

Rachel Hamm   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Rachael Hamm Plett is a designer and Art Director with a diverse background in marketing communications, publications and multimedia for a variety of distinguished clients including National Geographic, AARP The Magazine, the Newseum in Washington, DC, Microsoft and T-Mobile. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and retired greyhound and retreats to the mountains whenever she can get away from her desk.

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