Design Squad

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  • Backyard Thrill Ride

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 5/7/08

    The teams bring the adrenaline rush of an amusement park ride to the backyard of 13 year-old Andreas Hoffman.
  • Water Dancing

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 4/30/08

    A bilateral amputee challenges the teams to build specialized prostheses for an underwater performance.
  • Green Machines

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 4/16/08

    A compost filter for an urban farm; an engineer creates environmentally friendly products for Hewlett-Packard.
  • PVC Kayak

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 4/9/08

    Sean Gallagher designs ten-foot kayaks using traditional design but non-traditional materials; high-tech tents.
  • Winner Takes All

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    S 1 : Ep 13 - 12/15/08

    The season concludes when Continuum (a design consultancy) asks the DS teams to develop and test a "summer sled" for retail giant L.L. Bean. It's a bumpy, downhill slide to the finish line!moreless
  • Bodies Electric

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    S 1 : Ep 12 - 12/1/08

    DESIGN SQUAD-ers take a shine to hip-hop artist Wyatt Jackson when they try to create a sound and light show triggered by Jackson's moves and grooves. In a live performance, it's DS night at the Strand Theatre!moreless
  • Blowin' in the Wind

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    S 1 : Ep 11 - 11/1/08

    The teams tap into their inner artists as they compete to design and build wind-powered kinetic art from recycled materials. The winning sculpture is put on display at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts.moreless
  • Pumped

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    S 1 : Ep 10 - 10/1/08

    An 11-foot tall water slide will be a cool addition to the community pool...once there's a pump to deliver the water. See which invention makes the biggest splash with YMCA campers.
  • Batter Up

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 9/1/08

    How to make a perfect pancake? The DS teams seek the right ingredients for a machine that will cook, flip, and serve up delicious flapjacks at the flick of a switch. The winning machine is put to the (taste) test at a busy diner.moreless
  • Functional Fashion

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 4/5/07

    It's a marriage of high tech and haute couture (well, sort of!) as the teams compete to see who can design the best dual-purpose clothing. Join DS on the runway as the garments/gadgets make their fashion debut.moreless
  • Just for Kicks

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 4/4/07

    The teams must design a device that automatically feeds balls to professional soccer player Michael Parkhurst.
  • Got Game?

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 4/2/07

    Challenged to come up with a way to cover all the angles of a basketball game via remote-controlled cameras, the teams dive into action and compete to prove who's got (the whole) game!moreless
  • DS Unplugged

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 4/2/07

    The teams take a crash course in pre-industrial building techniques, as they compete to build 20-foot bridges-without the aid of power tools, forklifts, or...flushable toilets. It's a show for the (Middle) Ages!
  • Skunk'd

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 4/2/07

    When a guy named Skunk comes looking for a bike bizarre enough to impress the members of SCUL (Subversive Choppers Urban Legion), well, you give him what he wants. The rubber really hits the road when DS parades their newly created choppers (bikes) on a SCUL mission.moreless
  • Rock On

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 4/2/07

    The teams compete to create original musical instruments-one stringed and one percussive-for Off White Noise, a local band. The instruments are put to the test when Off White Noise rocks out at the Middle East nightclub.moreless
  • The Need for Speed

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 2/28/07

    A professional racecar builder challenges the teams to convert kiddie toys into motorized dragsters.