Wednesday, July 21, 2010

PBS Invention Contest

Design Squad, the PBS engineering reality competition series, is offering kids a chance to get in on the action this summer. Complement your library's summer outreach efforts and increase the chances of someone from YOUR community appearing on the next season of Design Squad by encouraging kids to enter.

The 2010 Trash to Treasure Competition challenges kids, ages 5-19, to recycle, reuse, and re-engineer everyday materials into out-of-the-box inventions. Three winners will win a trip to Boston to see their designs built and appear on an episode of Design Squad. Twenty-five finalists will be featured on the series website and will receive a Design Squad t-shirt. Entries will be accepted through September 5, 2010 at

To help share the excitement, we have the following resources:

  1. Contest Flyer; Print, post, and distribute the promotional flyer. You can find a PDF on the Design Squad website.

  2. Invent It, Build It Activity Guide; Explore the invention process with kids through fun, hands-on challenges from this award-winning activity guide.

  3. Promotional Language; Include a message about the competition in your newsletters, announcements, and print pieces. We can provide you with a formal press release or customized blurbs.

  4. Logo and Images; Include a web button on your website linking to our contest page. Or, spice up your newsletters with some fun signature images.
If you would like any of the resources listed above, please feel free to contact me at or 617-300-3639.

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