The Design Lives Here initiative is an innovative partnership between WQED Multimedia, the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania, MSA and American Bridge. Design Lives Here is an education outreach program that promotes learning about engineering via interactive teaching, mentoring, and challenge activities inspired by the popular PBS KIDS GO! program, Design Squad Nation.
The project was piloted during the 2009-2010 school year; educators from more than 30 schools received training, representing an educational impact on approximately 600 students. Five schools were invited to participate in a special engineering event held in May 2010, which was attended by 70 students in grades five through 11. Watch some highlights of the event:
WQED has expanded the Design Lives Here initiative into more schools, created opportunities throughout the year for student learning, and developed a web-based informational infrastructure to foster engagement and interest in engineering. Participating schools hold monthly engineering qualifying challenges that incorporate Design Squad curriculum and use materials provided by WQED. The initiative culminates in an end-of-school-year student Challenge Event, a day of engineering fun, mentorship opportunities, viewings of the television show, and more!
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