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Design Squad Nation



Fun PBS site introduces kids to engineering.

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Educational value

Kids can learn the basic principles of engineering on this educational science site from PBS Kids. Design Squad Nation illustrates concepts like gravity, force, and energy through games, offline activities, and video demonstrations. In the game Fidgit, for example, kids use blocks, springs, and other objects to direct bouncing characters into a box. Kids will also learn how engineering makes things work in the world around them. Design Squad Nation makes engineering fun through engaging activities and scientific explanations that are easy to understand.

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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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?


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

Subjects:Hobbies: building
Science: engineering, gravity, physics
Language & Reading: following directions, reading
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, problem solving
Creativity: developing novel solutions, innovation, making new creations
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
Topics:Science and nature
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 9 years old March 2, 2014

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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