Build a big version of it. (Make it large and in charge!)
Upload a video of the working design to YouTube. (Go viral, baby!)
The winning team will receive a super cool Flip Cam and have its project featured on the DSN web site! This is the big time, people. Go big or go home!(Not really, that was just for dramatic effect. You'll still be welcome here either way.)
San José de Cusmapa is a small, rural town in northern Nicaragua. It is surrounded by mountains and trees and is known for its breathtaking views. Cusmapa is home to a vibrant and close-knit community, dedicated to the future of its youth despite its limited resources. The children of Cusmapa are proud of their town, but dream of having a dedicated space in which to play. In DIY Playground, Adam and Judy work with the children of Cusmapa to build the playground of their dreams.
This episode warms the heart, but it's more than just a touching story of community and teamwork. It's a great example of how engineers make a difference in the world, and how what they create can improve our lives.
You can use DIY Playground to teach your kids engineering concepts (like force, energy, friction, gravity, materials, and more).Pair it with these resources from our Educators Library:
Zip Line: Design a way to get a Ping-Pong ball from the top to the bottom of a zip line string. Watch a demo.
On Target: Modify a paper cup so it can zip down a line and drop a marble on a target.
Beatriz is a high school student in Emeryville, California with two passions: music and bicycles. Building bicycles, to be exact. (This girl knows her way around a blow torch.)
Beatriz loves to create and wants to build something unique that combines her two passions--sounds like just the challenge for our favorite pair of engineers. In Musical Bike, Judy and Adam help Beatriz design and build a pedal-powered pipe organ.
You can use Musical Bike as a launching point to teach
your kids the science and engineering of sound. Watch the episode and read on for more!
Ready to get your hands on a blow torch, too? Before you pull your old Schwinn out of the garage, check out the wealth of educator resources that support Musical Bike.
Bonus Sound Episodes: Rock On: Design Squad teams create original musical instruments for a rock band.
Bonus Bike Episodes: Garden-to-Go: Adam and Judy help two kids design and build a pedal-powered mobile garden. Tour de BBQ: Design Squad teams compete to build a bicycle-powered rotisserie for a BBQ Restaurant.