http://www.pbs.org/designsquad DESIGN SQUAD Host Nate Ball and contestant Deysi Melgar are at Maker Faire 2007 in Austin, Texas, looking for the most creative engineering and coolest inventions they can find. Maker Faire is a "two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset." Now your plants can tell you loud and clear when they need water...by calling your phone! Nate and Deysi talk about the "Botanicalls" project with Kate Hartman and Rob Faludi from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. Borrowing from the hugely popular reality competition format, DESIGN SQUAD is aimed at kids and people of all ages who like reality or how-to television. Its goal is to get viewers excited about engineering! Over 13 episodes, eight high school contestants tackle engineering challenges for an actual client—from building a machine that makes pancakes to a "summer sled" for LL Bean. In the final episode, the top two scorers battle for the Grand Prize—a $10,000 college scholarship from the Intel? Foundation. Check your local listings to find out when you can watch DESIGN SQUAD on your local PBS station. For more about DESIGN SQUAD, check out the official website at http://www.pbs.org/designsquad
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