Design Squad

Design Squad (ETI)

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First session

Title: Design Squad: Engineering Projects, Energizing Kids

Short Description: PBS’ engineering reality program, Design Squad, gives educators free resources that unleash kids’ ingenuity and get them thinking like engineers. Learn how to lead exciting, hands-on engineering activities with middle school kids.
Take home free educational resources to use in your program right away.

Goals & Objectives: This workshop will provide the tools and training that educators need to do hands-on engineering activities with kids in their schools or afterschool programs. Participants will receive free copies of all Design Squad activity guides. These guides include over 20 activities for 5th to 8th graders, teaching strategies, science and engineering concepts, and group management tips. The workshop will show that engineering is an ideal fit for classrooms and afterschool programs because it involves creativity, problem solving, teamwork, and fun!

Second session (Train the Trainer)

Title: Design Squad Train the Trainer: Inspire the Next Generation of Engineers!

Description: Design Squad, PBS’ award-winning engineering competition series, is more than just a TV show. It has robust educational resources that give kids the opportunity to flex their design process skills while learning science and engineering concepts. This session will explore all components of Design Squad’s multimedia campaign: the series, research, and educational resources. Participants will learn how to train others to lead hands-on engineering challenges with kids and talk effectively about engineering professions.
Goals & Objectives: This workshop will explore Design Squad educational resources in depth including activity guides, video, and training tools. Participants will learn how to use these free resources to train others to lead fun, hands-on activities with kids (ages 9 and up). We’ll also explore current research on how to talk to kids about engineering. (Attendees will receive free copies of all Design Squad print resources as well as the opportunity to request multiple copies for training purposes.)

PBS Ready To Learn is supported by a cooperative agreement from the U. S. Department of Education, PR/Award Number R295A00002.