BOSTON, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- This spring, WGBH Boston launched DESIGN
SQUAD, a new reality competition show airing on PBS. The series, which
immerses two teams of energetic and sharp high school students into the
world of engineering and design, concluded its first season on location at
award-winning design and innovation consultancy Continuum.
In the finale, the stakes were high, as the two teams of four young
designers spent three days in Continuum's newly renovated studio outside
Boston utilizing their open studio space, various design resources and
machine shop to create a summer sled for venerable retail giant (and actual
Continuum client) L.L. Bean. This episode also reveals the winner of DESIGN
SQUAD's first season, who receives the grand prize -- a generous
scholarship from the Intel Foundation.
Continuum's designers coached, cajoled and cheered on contestants
throughout the three-day shoot. Chris Hosmer, design strategist and Michel
Arney, principal industrial designer, participated on air in the finale,
using their real life experience designing for L.L. Bean to motivate and
inspire the budding designers.
Model Shop Manager Richard Ciccarelli helped contestants navigate the
model shop by introducing both teams to sophisticated (and fun!) modeling
techniques like computer controlled milling and vacuum forming, both of
which were used to construct the wheels for the teams' sleds.
Contestants closely mimicked Continuum's design process of thorough
researching and brainstorming, concept exploration, prototyping and
exhaustive testing. To help contestants engage in as authentic a process as
possible, Continuum's model shop created a 20 foot grass hill inside
Continuum's studio, complete with real grass and a foam filled crash pit.
The "Winner Takes All" episode begins airing nationwide May 16th. The
finale airs in Washington DC on June 14th, New York City on June 24th, in
Chicago on June 30th, in LA on July 1st, and in Boston on July 7th.
Check local listings or see the URL below for other nationwide air
dates and exact times.
More on the aim of DESIGN SQUAD:
Designers and engineers have led a creative and technological
revolution that has improved the quality of our lives, yet kids and adults
alike do not fully understand the technology and design concepts that
benefit their daily lives, the engineer's role in society or even the exact
nature of a designer's job.
DESIGN SQUAD presents viewers with positive role models like those at
Continuum, communicating and promoting engineering and design to the public
as a fun and engaging process.
DESIGN SQUAD is one of the few places on TV where kids can learn about
these careers, and the series is an integral part of a national educational
outreach initiative to spark viewers' interest into pursuing engineering as
Continuum is a design and innovation consultancy that helps turn ideas
into realities. Through exhaustive investigation and user research,
Continuum undertakes a deeply immersive role in a client's business to
formulate design and brand strategies that are both fiscally sound and
consumer relevant. Since 1983, Continuum has created meaningful design for
companies worldwide including American Express, Andersen Windows, Procter
and Gamble, BMW, Master Lock, Moen, Samsung, Johnson & Johnson. Continuum
has offices in Boston, Milan and Seoul.