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A Design Squad Event Presented by WQED Multimedia and the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP)

May 27, 2010


Rosemary Martinelli


A Design Squad Event Presented by WQED Multimedia
and the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP)

PITTSBURGH—WQED Multimedia and the ESWP are sponsoring Design Lives Here, an exciting and interactive educational event that brings students’ innovative ideas, personal learning styles, and energy to the design process.

On Friday, May 28, 2010, nearly 70 students from Allderdice High School, the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, the TechGYRLS Programs of the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School in Natrona Heights will have the exciting opportunity to join the ESWP and WQED. Utilizing the experience gained from Design Squad activities throughout the school year and guided by peer and professional ESWP engineers, students will participate in a Design Squad challenge that will continue to foster their interest for engineering and expose them to potential career opportunities for their futures.

Throughout the day, students will participate in many diverse activities such as meeting and networking with the ESWP and WQED staffs, creating teams to work with in the competition, as well as the actual Design Squad challenge. While two of the four teams are working on their design activities, the other two teams will be engaging with professional engineers and learning about the potential in the engineering field.

Afterwards, students will switch positions so that each of the four teams can creatively finish their design work. At the end of the day, students will participate in the final Design Squad Challenge, as the many teachers, engineering students and ESWP representatives judge each of the entries based on the specified measurable outcomes. Prizes, discussion, and networking with engineers will conclude the activities for the day.

"At WQED, through all of our interactive media assets, we are cultivating the next generation of innovators. The Design Lives Here event is an example of how television, teacher training, and face-to-face interaction between kids and scientists can foster a love of engineering and a potential career," said Jennifer Stancil, WQED executive director of educational partnerships.

This event is an extension of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS series, Design
Squad, now in its third season. If you haven’t been tuning into the show over the past couple months, don’t worry! A re-airing of Design Squad’s third season will begin on Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

According to Dave Teorsky of the ESWP, "Recognizing that there is an immediate need to develop engineering talent, we are hoping to inspire the next generation of engineers through involvement in programs like Design Squad."

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (; and The WQED Education Department.

The Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) has provided a forum for the professional development and social interaction of its members for more than a century. Headquartered in an historic landmark building and club facility, the ESWP is chartered to advance the professions of engineering, architecture and applied sciences through technical activities, public services participation and social organizations. It also supports the needs of industries, communities and government in Western Pennsylvania.

This current season of Design Squad is composed of a new and fresh cast of college-aged contestants who looking forward to taking on the challenges that test their design and creativity. Design Squad is a high-energy, high drama reality television show that enables teens to show off their knowledge while they design and build working solutions for real-world clients—customers who happen to be hungry for the new and clever ideas from a young generation of innovators. In the finale of the season, the top two scorers battle for the Grand Prize of a $10,000 college scholarship from the Intel Foundation.


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