Where are the engineers?
They're in "Design Squad," a new PBS television series that premieres for Engineers Week 2007.
|Design Squad cast, clockwise from far left: engineer-hosts Nate and Deanne; contestants Joey, (back row) Noah, Tom, and Michael; and (far right) Giselle, Kim, Krishana, and Natasha. |
“Design Squad” is part reality competition, all engineering, and major fun. The "Design Squad" audience is 9-12 year olds. Viewers will follow two teams of real high school students (ages 14-17) as they compete using their problem-solving skills to design, construct and test functional, whimsical machines. The viewers witness the ups and downs and inherent drama of the competition and the interpersonal relationships of the teenage contestants. Professional engineers will mentor the teams and be featured in 60-second profiles.
The television show is only part of the campaign. There is an accompanying Web site and outreach program. We're calling on engineers to volunteer by holding Design Squad events such as premiere parties, workshops and more. Keep checking here for updated information or click on the Design Squad button and you'll find video clips, meet the cast and hosts and learn more about outreach.
Major corporate funding for Design Squad is provided by the National Science Foundation and National Engineers Week Foundation partner the Intel Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Engineers Week partners Tyco Electronics, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, Intel Corporation, American Society of Civil Engineers, and IEEE, and by The Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation and Noyce Foundation.