Design Squad Global (DSG) is an incredible free STEAM resource for parents, teachers and kids.
Based off the PBS show, Design Squad (an American reality competition show where high school students design and build machines to compete for a college scholarship), Design Squad Global features tons of resources and activities to get kids excited about STEAM topics.
The website features a vast number of activities for kids elementary through high school ages. The activities span many subjects, including art, music, building and machinery. They are conveniently labeled by difficulty and involvement levels, to help parents sift through the amount of effort each activity will require. Kids can also design and submit ideas for things they want to create, play a variety of online games, and watch educational videos and tutorials.
Design Squad Global is unique in that it also offers resources and training for parents and teachers who want to teach kids about STEAM activities but may lack the confidence to know how. DSG provides various training opportunities and resources, like this handout to help adults teach kids about STEAM.
DSG also has a section for teachers with lesson plans that are aligned with Common Core Standards. Lesson plans typically include at least one video, an activity, suggested at home follow-up activities or conversation topics, and a link to a Design Squad episode that correlates with the lesson theme.
Overall, the DSG website is easy to use and a gold mine of resources for parents and teachers. Kids will be engaged by the interactive sections and have a great time exploring the different activities. So save the DSG website link for a rainy day, it’ll be sure to spread smiles and learning all around!