Parents, Educators & Engineers

Site Summary and Usage Tips

Web Site Summary

The DESIGN SQUAD NATION website is an online community that grew out of the DESIGN SQUAD television series that aired on PBS KIDS. The site targets kids ages 8 and older and features creative activities, engaging video, interactive games, and exciting contests.

The goal of Design Squad is to give kids a stronger understanding of the design process, and the connection between engineering and the things we all use in everyday life.

The results of engineering are all around us: from cars to cameras and everything in between. Being an engineer doesn't mean being a "nerd" with a pocket protector. It means being a creative problem solver, an innovative thinker and a team player.

The website offers many examples that contextualize engineering concepts and spurs kids to explore those concepts on their own or with a parent or educator.

The DESIGN SQUAD NATION website equips kids with science and math skills, inspires them, and lays the foundation they need to participate in engineering activities later in life.

Usage Tips

Here are a few quick tips that will help you make the most of your time on the Web site:

Before you start playing, it's a good idea to take a quick look at the Technical Help area of the site to learn about any (free) downloads you might need in order to play the games and to experience this Web site at its best. Then check out the Share area to get creative, or play our interactive building game Designit, Buildit, FIDGiT.

Want to use DESIGN SQUAD content in your classroom, at a museum or in an informal setting? Check out the Resources section for a library of downloadable guides, activities and videos.

Looking for our new video shorts? Miss an episode of the show? You're in luck. All our vides can be viewed right here on the website on our Video page.