Inventing Green Educator Open House

Inventing Green Educator Open House

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Design Squad Global's Inventing Green (Logo)

Join WXXI Education as we explore some amazing *FREE* STEM resources available from PBS KIDS Design Squad Global at this Inventing Green Educator Open House.

This event has been CANCELLED.

What: Participating educators will receive lots of free learning materials, meet environmental and nature-oriented local organizations, and learn all about the free activities from PBS KIDS Design Squad Global. Plus there will be giveaways and raffle prizes! Hors d'oeuvres and adult beverages will also be available.

When: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 4 - 7 p.m.

Where: WXXI Studios - 280 State Street, Rochester, NY 14614

Who: The event is open to any educators in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region working with 2nd through 8th graders. Educators include: classroom teachers, school support staff, after-school and out-of-school staff, librarians.

Participants who complete the event passport and evaluation will receive 1.5 hrs of CTLE credit for participating. WXXI will provide each participant with a certificate. 

The event is free but registration is required. 

Questions? Contact Cara Rager at



Design Squad’s mission is to get kids excited about engineering and inventing. For years Design Squad, the award-winning PBS KIDS program and website, has created activities, videos and clubs that aim to make engineering and invention accessible and fun for kids. Now, Design Squad is tackling a new content area: inventing for a sustainable future. We want to get kids thinking about how engineering and invention impacts environmental sustainability and how new inventions can help tackle environmental problems.

Design Squad Global Inventing Green is the latest addition to the Design Squad family of resources that challenges youth to brainstorm solutions that can help people with things such as lack of food, clean water, renewable energy, affordable energy, and ocean and land
pollution. These resources use the same core tenants found in the other Design Squad materials such as:

  • Every child should and can participate in engineering and invention.
  • Engineering and invention are most meaningful when kids have the opportunity to solve real problems faced by real people.
  • Failing is to be embraced as a step that all engineers and inventors take in the Design Process.
  • Students should have the opportunity to lead their own learning process with guidance from an educator.
  • Hands-on learning experiences based on an open-ended problem lead to more successful experiences with engineering and invention concepts.

In the Design Squad Global Inventing Green PBS LearningMedia collection, we added a new objective: help kids build an environmental sustainability mindset when inventing. Design Squad wants kids to work to solve environmental problems with invention as well as learn to bring sustainability practices to the process of inventing. This includes thinking about material choices, where an invention goes once it has outlived its usefulness, and how an invention is powered. The Design Squad Global Inventing Green collection of resources includes:

  • Web videos featuring green kid engineers
  • A web game called Fidgit Power
  • Three green engineering challenges
  • Two club guides
  • Three professional development videos

Funding for this opportunity has been provided by the Lemelson Foundation.