Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

PBS's Design Squad Trash to Treasure Contest

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

PBS's Design Squad Trash to Treasure Contest

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Imagine transforming materials from your recycling bin into the next big thing, and winning a $10,000 cash prize for your innovative design. Design Squad[TM], PBS's popular engineering and design competition show, and Intel have joined forces with By Kids For Kids (BKFK) to give kids the opportunity to do just that. Hosted by BKFK, a company dedicated to inspiring young innovators to create and share their ideas, the nationwide Trash to Treasure competition will launch at www.bkfk.com on April 1, 2008 (to coincide with the television series' Season 2 premiere on PBS) and will run through June 30, 2008. The grand-prize winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize provided by the Intel Foundation and a trip to the development lab at Continuum, an award-winning international design and innovation consultancy, to build a prototype of his or her Trash to Treasure design.

The Design Squad Trash to Treasure contest will challenge kids of all ages to take everyday discarded or recycled material and re-engineer it into functional products. The products can move things or people (Mobility), protect the environment (Environmental), or be something kids can play with inside or out (Play). Some of the repurposed materials kids might use in their innovative designs are fabric, paper, plastic, small electronics, wheels, clamps, springs, batteries, hardware, wood, bike parts, string, rubber bands, cardboard, kitchen gadgets, etc. …

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