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TRAINING. Photo: Anthony Tieuli. Building a community committed to fostering a positive image of engineering. Photo: Emily Pratt. A MULTIMEDIA PROJECT. TV Show 36 Episodes 25 Profiles 42+ Animations Web Site pbs.org/designsquad Outreach Campaign Partnerships

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TRAINING

Photo: Anthony Tieuli

Building a community committed to fostering a positive image of engineering

Photo: Emily Pratt

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A MULTIMEDIA PROJECT

  • TV Show
      • 36 Episodes
      • 25 Profiles
      • 42+ Animations
  • Web Site
  • pbs.org/designsquad
  • Outreach Campaign

Partnerships

Engineer and Informal Educator Trainings

Events and Workshops

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TODAY’S AGENDA

  • Sneak Peek
  • Design Process & Educational Goals
  • Pop Fly
  • Today’s ‘Tweens
  • D-Squad Pro File
  • Resource Review
  • Workshops & Events
  • Get Involved!
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SNEAK PEEK

Download 4 minute overview video clip at:

http://pbskids.org/designsquad/parentseducators/download_video.html

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DESIGN PROCESS

Every aspect of Design Squad reinforces the design process.

Use it with kids to:

• expand their thinking

• become more innovative

• learn from their mistakes

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EVALUATION:

KEY FINDINGS

After viewing four Design Squad episodes, fifth and sixth grade students:

• increased their understanding of the design process

• changed their stereotypes about engineering - for the better!

• wanted to enroll in an engineering afterschool program

• understood the science content of the shows

• had a better sense of teamwork

• liked watching it!

Goodman Research Group, Inc. October 2007

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EVALUATION:

KEY FINDINGS

After completing the activities in the Educator’s Guide, afterschool students:

  • increased their understanding of the design process
  • increased their understanding of the engineering and science concepts presented in the activities
  • liked doing the activities!

After facilitating the activities in the Educator’s Guide, afterschool leaders:

  • showed a greater understanding of the design process
  • felt more comfortable talking about engineering
  • wanted to use the activities again!

Goodman Research Group, Inc. October 2007

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QUESTIONS?

Photo: Mika Tomczak

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POP FLY

It’s football with a twist. Invent a way

to send a Ping-Pong ball flying high

enough to catch it.

Take some paint stirrers,

a wooden spool, and tape.

Now, add your foot.

Ready, set, launch!

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DESIGN PROCESS

Every aspect of Design Squad reinforces the design process.

Use it with kids to:

• expand their thinking

• become more innovative

• learn from their mistakes

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TODAY’S TWEENS:

WHAT DO THEY THINK?

‘Tweens’ older sisters:

Think engineering is for people who

LOVE both math and science

Don’t know what engineering is

Aren’t interested in the field nor

do they think it is “for them.”

“Someone who excels in math and science....

Likes working out problems and working with other people....Someone who is motivated, dedicated, and who doesn’t mind sitting in a cubicle all day.”

From Extraordinary Women Engineers Project research study of academically prepared high school girls

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WHAT WE’RE TELLING THEM

Engineers tell young people:

Engineering is stressful and challenging

Stress the importance of SUPERIOR

math and science abilities

“It’s not easy—but if you’re the type who

when faced with a problem some would call impossible is even more driven to move mountains to find a solution, then you might have it in you to be an engineer.”

From Extraordinary Women Engineers Project research study of academically prepared high school girls

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WHAT DO THEY WANT?

They want rewarding careers, with these hallmarks:

Enjoyable

“How happy I will be—what’s the point of doing anything you don’t like?”

Good working environment

“If I can’t interact with people…I will probably drop the job.”

To make a difference

“That I would make a difference in some way, you know, make my mark

on the world.”

Income

“As shallow as it sounds, money is the one thing I have to consider when I’m choosing a job. I’m not going to do something that I know can’t help me pay bills.”

Flexibility

“My career can’t consume all of my time…I need free time to do a lot of other things…before I die.”

From Extraordinary Women Engineers Project research study of academically prepared high school girls

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DISCONNECT

From Extraordinary Women Engineers Project research study of academically prepared high school girls

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WHAT CAN WE SAY?

Rather Than… Share…

Engineering is difficult and stressful. What do you like best about

being an engineer?

Engineering is one of the toughest Where did you go to college?

majors in college; you need to What was your favorite class?

have confidence to get through it. What did you do for fun at college?

Math and science! Work to excel We all know that you need math and in both disciplines! science to be an engineer, but what do you do as an engineer?

Go to EngineerYourLife.org for more info!

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D-SQUAD PRO FILE

Profile of a real engineer:

pbskidsgo.org/designsquad/parentseducators/program/

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RESOURCES

New! Teacher’s Guide

3 Units, 7 Activities

NASA/Design Squad On the Moon

6 Activities

Invent It, Build It

6 Activities

Available in Spanish.

Educator’s Guide

4 Units, 10 Activities

Event Guide

5 Activities

Activity Guide

5 Activities

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WORKSHOPS

1 Meeting

Choose an activity

from any guide

2 to 3 Meetings

Use one unit from Educator’s Guide or Teacher’s Guide

10 Meetings

Facilitate all four units in Educator’s Guide or Teacher’s Guide

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EVENTS

Spark kids’ interest and confidence in engineering with a lively, fun-filled event!

Feature these elements:

Challenge stations

Choose from ten activities in

Event Guide or Activity Guide

Testing zone

Engineer profiles

24 downloadable videos

Signs

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WORKING WITH KIDS TIPS

  • Try every challenge first
  • Be friendly and patient
  • Let kids explore
  • Ask kids questions
  • Adapt instructions to fit audience
  • Point out design process
  • Tell kids about yourself and your work
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GET INVOLVED!

  • Host events and workshops
  • Train other engineers
  • Create and support local partnerships
  • Integrate Design Squad into existing programs
  • Spread the word
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PBS PARTNERS

  • Contact your local station and ask about:
    • Local underwriting opportunities
    • Broadcasting Design Squad
    • Outreach partnership possibilities
  • Find your local station at www.pbs.org
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MAJOR FUNDING FOR

DESIGN SQUAD

Additional funding provided by:

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QUESTIONS?

Photo: Anthony Tieuli