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.
The Design for Change (DFC) global movement was founded in 2009 by world-renowned educator Kiran Sethi, who believes that if young people are empowered and made to feel that they could take matters into their hands, they would change the world for the better.
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.
GlobalCOlab (GCL) connects students and educators from different cultures and religions from around the world to crosscut disciplines, curricula, and traditional subjects and empowers participants through student-led and student-created topics. These topics are based around global issues affecting each student’s community.