You’re not being a helicopter parent if you’ve tried to nudge your children into an interest in engineering. But you might be a frustrated one. Engineering can be tough to explain – and even tougher to sell to kids raised on television and movies full of action and adventures. But the pitch can be much easier when parents point to activities curated especially for kids that through in a healthy dose of engineering with the fun.
Design Squad Global, a PBS KIDs show and website, has long pushed engineering; its guides, activities, videos and after-school kids clubs are designed to get children excited about engineering. The Emmy-Award winning site is packed with engaging hands-on engineering activities, collaborative design challenges, streaming videos of interesting science and engineering concepts and interactive online games designed to increase kids’ understanding of engineering.
So what’s that have to do with energy? Design Squad Global is tackling a new content area this fall: Inventing for a Sustainable Future.
Regular readers of the ChooseEnergy.com blog know that we love to write about green energy and sustainability – one of the best things about deregulation of energy is that it promotes use of green energy. Deregulated Texas, for example, leads the nation in production and use of wind energy.
Other deregulated states also push renewable (and green) electricity sources such as solar, hydroelectric and geothermal power.
What Design Squad Global offers
DSG’s latest effort is designed to promote kids thinking about how engineering can make an impact on environmental sustainability. A new club guide, Inventing Green, prompts kids to think about engineering solutions to solve environmental problems, and it also promotes a sustainability mindset for creating inventions.
DSG has six new activities including designing Sneakers using earth-friendly materials, building Wind Power Stations that harness wind to do useful work, and creating Light Pipes to illuminate rooms without electricity.
But there’s more to it than cool projects. Kids who participate in DSG Clubs learn science and engineering concepts, the power of teamwork, and the fact that they have the ability to make a difference in their community.
To date, more than 500 clubs have been launched in over 40 different countries around the globe!
For more information on Design Squad Global, visit www.pbskids.org/designsquad.