PBS Kids Design Squad Global empowers middle school students to solve real-world problems and understand the impact of engineering in a global context. The site is refreshed weekly with challenges, videos, and activities. At Design Squad Global’s online hub, students can share their engineering ideas and sketches with other students. Engaging videos feature Deysi Melgar (a future aerospace engineer and professional salsa dancer) and Nate Ball (an engineer, pole vaulter, and beatboxer), who draw on their experiences to dispel stereotypes about engineering and inspire youth to explore engineering. The Parents and Educators section of the site provides tools to help young people develop design process skills and apply them to an array of engineering challenges.
Plus: Design Squad Global Clubs connect 10- to 13-year-olds in out-of-school programs around the world. They can explore engineering together through fun-packed, high-energy, hands-on activities. Educators can choose between two options—a six-week or a twelve-week program. Design Squad Global will match students with another club.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in May.
Designed to boost interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), the Samsung Solve for Tomorrowcontest challenges public school teachers and students in grades 6–12 to create solutions using STEAM skills that can be applied to help improve their community. All you have to do now is start thinking of a local or relevant issue that impacts your school. Once the next school year begins, Samsung will remind you to brainstorm a solution with your students for a chance to win a share of $2 million in Samsung technology for your school. Sign up now to receive Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest emails and updates, and be the first to know when the contest officially starts.
Sponsored by Project Paradigm and the American Red Cross, the Paradigm Challenge is intended to inspire youth to use STEM skills, as well as kindness, creativity, and collaboration, to make a difference. The challenge is to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world.