Activity Guides from PBS’s Design Squad Global

Try These Exciting STEM Activities from PBS Kids Design Squad Global on Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day 2017!

Design Squad Global empowers middle school kids to solve real-world problems and understand the impact of engineering in a global context. Refreshed weekly with challenges, videos, and activities, the website is one of the only places on the web where kids can share their engineering ideas with other kids. At Design Squad Global’s online hub, kids can share their engineering ideas and sketches with other kids, play games (like the flood prevention simulation “Don’t Flood the Fidgits!”), and take on global challenges (inventing a way to use less water). Fun videos feature kid engineers and hosts/role models Deysi Melgar (future aerospace engineer and professional salsa dancer) and Nate Ball (engineer, pole vaulter, and beat boxer), who draw on their experiences to dispel stereotypes about engineering and inspire kids to explore engineering.

The Parents and Educators section of the site provides adults with the tools they need to help kids develop design process skills and apply them to an exciting array of engineering challenges.

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High Rise

Build a tall tower that can support a tennis ball!



Create a sound system that you can hide or wear!

Hack a Greeting Card video
Watch how to build it here!

Sky Floater

Leader Notes and Instructions

Youth Activities

Make a helium-filled balloon hover in one spot, then move it around the room without touching it!

Sky Floater video
Watch how to build it here!

Harmless Holder

Instructions and Youth Activities

The Invention Challenge: Invent a holder for six cans that’s animal-safe, sturdy, convenient, and easy to carry!

Harmless Holder video
Watch how to build it here!

Convenient Carrier

Leader Notes

Youth Activities

PBS Instructions