Design Squad Nation

Common Sense Media says

Fun PBS site introduces kids to engineering.

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Positive messages

The site shows kids how science and technology can have a positive impact on the world and encourages them to be creative and innovative.

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No ads.

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Privacy & safety

Some activities on the site require registration. Kids pick a user name and password.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Design Squad Nation is a PBS Kids site that teaches kids about science and engineering through fun games and activities. It's free and there are no ads.

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What's it about?

An offshoot of the educational TV series of the same name, DESIGN SQUAD NATION features games, activities, and videos that incorporate principles of engineering. Kids can watch episodes of the TV series or videos that explore the science of everyday items like bicycle gears. There are instructions for offline projects like building a slingshot that shoots marshmallows, and kids can enter contests that encourage them to submit their own designs. Kids who are registered users can also collaborate on projects with other kids and can earn points for completing activities on the site.

Is it any good?

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Kids who explore Design Squad Nation should need no convincing that engineering can be fun. Games like Fidgit Factory, where kids build and learn about circuits, are challenging and engaging, illustrating principles of physics in a creative way. The videos encompass a wide variety of topics, from fashion to sports, and do a good job explaining the science behind everyday objects -- and how learning a bit about engineering can enhance our everyday lives.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the role science and technology play in our everyday lives. What new invention do you think the world needs? How would you go about creating it?

  • Families can review guidelines about kids sharing their creations online.

Website details

Genre:Creating
Topics:Science and nature
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 9 years old March 2, 2014
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I love Design Squad Nation!

Deysi and Nate show me some things that I want to make at home. Thanks DSN!
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