|This is your child's chance to appear on TV and help save the planet!|
The rules are simple. The invention should fit within one of the three categories: move things or people (Mobility), protect the environment (Environmental), or be used for indoor or outdoor play (Play). The invention also needs to be made of at least two repurposed materials (such as fabric, paper, plastic, small electronics, wheels, clamps, springs, batteries, hardware, wood, bike parts, string, rubber bands, cardboard, kitchen gadgets, etc.) Kids will be given online tools to sketch out their ideas or upload a photo. (Kids don't need to actually build their invention in order to enter.)
Last year's winner, Max Wallack, 13, inventor of the "Home Dome"-- a temporary shelter for homeless people and disaster victims -- gives this advice to this year's entrants, "Identify a problem and then try to come up with a solution to it. Be prepared to make several attempts at designing before one design jumps out as the right one." Watch Max design his Home Dome prototype...
Three winners will be selected from this year's entrants to come to Boston to work side-by-side with the team at the award-winning global innovation design consultancy Continuum and see their idea come to life. Their stories may be shared with a national audience on an upcoming episode of the Design Squad series and/or on its website (PBSKIDSGO.org/designsquad). Twenty-five finalists will have their ideas showcased on the series website and will receive a Design Squad t-shirt. The nationwide contest is open for ages 5-19 entries will be accepted through September 5, 2010 at http://PBSKIDSGO.org/designsquad/contest.
If your kids do not want to compete in the contest, please be sure to check out the Design Squad website. It is full of interesting things for kids to do to help expand their minds!
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