New Kids’ Social Network Rocket21 Teams with PBS’s “Design Squad Nation” to Promote Hands-On Learning about Engineering
Responding to the increasing demand for skilled engineers in the 21st century job market, WGBH-produced PBS program “Design Squad Nation” is partnering with Rocket21 (the new social network where kids explore amazing possibilities for their lives and futures) to engage its community of tweens in the show’s content and activities.
San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 18, 2011
Responding to the increasing demand for skilled engineers in the 21st century job market, WGBH-produced PBS program “Design Squad Nation” is partnering with Rocket21(the new social network where kids explore amazing possibilities for their lives and futures) to engage its community of tweens in the show’s content and activities.
Designed to increase kids’ awareness and understanding of engineering, “Design Squad Nation” is a multimedia program for middle school children that includes television episodes broadcast nationally on PBS, an interactive website, and hands-on engineering activities. Implementation on Rocket21 includes a special “Design Squad Nation” area on the platform ““ featuring projects, Web links, and opportunities to interact with the program’s creators and producers, and a range of inventors, designers, and engineers.
“The Rocket21 platform supercharges kids’ explorations into the vast possibilities offered by 21st century careers,” said Jodell Seagrave, President/COO, Rocket21. “Experiencing direct connections with “ËœDesign Squad Nation’ can transform their concept of engineering from something abstract and technical to a huge collection of very cool pursuits.”
Members of the “Design Squad Nation” team will be R21 PROs ““ joining hundreds of experts from countless fields who have been invited to interact with kids. These include explorers, artists, ecologists, business executives, entertainers, scientists, activists, engineers, nurses, doctors, educators, and much more ““ people who do some of the amazing things kids dream of doing.
“Rocket21 is a perfect online companion for “Design Squad Nation” said Marisa Wolsky, Executive Producer, WGBH. “The Rocket21 community is committed and open to discovering where life can take them, so this partnership is an ideal way for us to promote our message that the work engineers do is creative, exciting, personally fulfilling, and making a difference in the lives of others.”
Rocket21, a new social network that provides youth with “GPS for Your Life”, facilitates unprecedented access to world-class experts and organizations while protecting them with a combination of state-of-the-art, real-time filtering and human moderation, extensive safety and security precautions, and a specialized infrastructure designed to keep kids safe.
Learn more at rocket21.com, by LIKING Rocket21 on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rocket21, and by following Rocket21 on Twitter at twitter.com/rocket21.
About Design Squad Nation
The Design Squad Nation website is a destination for creative “Ëœtweens and teens, promoting the message: You are creative and can solve problems. You can make things that help people. We want you to join the Design Squad Nation. Let’s dream big. Let’s build something together. On the site, kids can post real-life solutions to real-life problems and respond to challenges from the show by sketching and building their own prototypes. The Design Squad Nation Blog features inspiring engineering and DIY content from across the Web, engaging with the Design Squad Nation community directly by including calls to action, how-to challenges, aspirational examples of kid-made content on the site””sharing both the fun and the failures that are a part of the design process. Design Squad Nation invites the next generation of great thinkers to get involved at pbskidsgo.org/designsquadnation. Viewers also can follow Design Squad Nation on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DesignSquadNation and on Twitter at
Design Squad Nation is produced by WGBH Boston. Major funding for Design Squad Nation is provided by the National Science Foundation. Series funding is provided by the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), Northrop Grumman Foundation, and The Lemelson Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Noyce Foundation, United Engineering Foundation (ASCE, ASME, AIChE, IEEE, AIME), Motorola Foundation, and IEEE.
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