For the season finale, Design Squad Nation asks kids across the country to recycle, reuse, and re-engineer everyday materials into the next big invention in the 2010 Trash to Treasure contest.
Judy and Adam travel to New York City, the fashion capital of the U.S., to meet up-and-coming designers Eduarda and Juan.
Meet Mariam and Bert, two young members of Global Generation—a community organization that grows fruits and vegetables.
Ronnie, a skateboarder, teams up with Design Squad to build a skateboarding street course.
Watch the Design Squad teams in a head-to-head competition as they build high-speed, gravity bikes.
The teams go green as they work with the Food Project, an organization that creates social change through sustainable agriculture.
Design Squad teams are challenged to build ten-foot kayaks using non-traditional materials.
Sit back and relax as the Design Squad teams create innovative, yet practical cardboard furniture for the home.
Kid engineer Anna invented an underwater remotely operating vehicle (R.O.V.) that searches for plastic in the ocean.
Deysi challenges you to become a Top Builder by making a useful tool with rubber bands!
Nate builds a giant swing for his son, Calvin, using the power of triangles.
Move to the rhythm and step to the beat! Watch as Deysi demonstrates how to build a dance pad that you can decorate and play with at home.
Check out cool water park ideas from our community. Join Design Squad today to start sharing your own ideas!
A swimsuit that changes color according to your mood? Yes, you read that right! Watch as Design Squad host Nate attempts to answer a user’s question by brainstorming how to turn this wish into reality.
Two teams of kid engineers design new ways to store their books at school and sew their headphones into hoodies!
Can a backpack light up with solar power? Watch as Deysi prototypes a backpack with lights powered by the sun from our Build it Better challenge.
Teams of kids compete to build strong structures using only newspaper and cardboard.
Field trip! Watch as Design Squad’s Eleanor and Desi, visit the Somerville Mini Maker Faire to learn about cool engineering gadgets. A mini maker faire is a community event where local engineers and makers can present their crafted creations.
Target practice anyone? Build an indoor slingshot and test your aim and accuracy!
Sarah and Lilly show how they use simple machines called pulleys when they go rock climbing.
Can a cardboard chair really support your body weight? Nate explains how cardboard’s design makes it easy to bend in some directions, while not so easy to bend in others. Be sure to check out the related DS episode “Cardboard Furniture.”
Blast a marshmallow across the room! Build and test your very own Marshmallow Blaster. How far and fast will your marshmallows fly?
Pedal power is used around the world to create electricity. Watch as Nate repurposes a bicycle into a blender-cycle. Smoothies anyone?
How do flutes, oboes and trombones create music? Watch as Nate explains how these wind instruments work and learn how to build your very own Straw Flute using a plastic drinking straw!
Tinkering with objects is a great way to learn about them. Watch as Design Squad Nation host Deysi answers a user’s question by tinkering with a glue gun.
Start an air hockey tournament in your own living room! Score big when you build an air hockey table out of a repurposed vacuum.
How can you grab objects that are out of reach? Watch kid engineers design and build a tool called an assistive device.
From ordinary to extraordinary: engineers build it all! Design Squad Nation host Nate shows how he used engineering to solve an everyday problem with his screen door at home.
Wow your friends with this gravity-defying build. Master this balancing act and then design your own high-fashion creations!
Test your skills by building a bridge made ONLY out of pennies. Upload photos of your penny bridge to our website for a chance to win!
Dazzle your friends with this unpoppable balloon magic trick. Pass a stick right through a balloon without popping it.