Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Design Squad Nation’s Build It Big Contest
Since I am dedicating this week to the topic of encouraging Latino students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, I am excited to share DSN’s new contest with you.
Design Squad NATION then takes these projects on the road and visits kids around the world to show them how engineering can make their dreams come true. For example, the show’s hosts, Adam and Judy, traveled to San José de Cusmapa, Nicaragua, to work with the children who wanted a place of their own where they could play. With help from the community, the children were able to create and build a new playground based on their own designs. You can read more about the project and watch the episode that features Cusmapa on the DSN blog.
To participate, teams of at least two (2) people - one of which must be an adult 18 or older – must do the following:
1) Choose one of the activities on the DSN website to super-size.
2) Design your masterpiece! (Umm..you may want to build a small version first to test it out.)
3) Build it! Easy, no?
4) Record your progress and your creative masterpiece in a short video, then upload it to YouTube.
5) Submit your video to DSN here.
The winners will receive a Flip Cam and have their project featured on the Design Squad Nation website.
Take a look at this short video by DSN’s hosts, Judy Lee and Adam Vollmer:
This is a great project for teams as large as a school group or as small as a parent and child. So if you are looking for a good project to keep your children busy and learning this summer, give the Build Big contest some serious thought.
¡Ándale, gente! Let’s get our kids excited about engineering and math. Show them how fun it can be to make their ideas a reality.
Con mucho cariño…