Design Squad Global: Research Findings from the Second Round of Implementation

January 31st, 2017 | EVALUATION

DESIGN SQUAD GLOBAL (DSG) is a web-based, mobile-accessible digital hub and outreach initiative that creates new opportunities to empower middle school youth to solve real-world problems and understand the impact of engineering in a global context. The project builds on the Design Squad model for engineering education (including a television show and website). The ultimate goals of Design Squad Global are to: (1) develop innovative ways to incorporate effective engineering education into informal learning environments; (2) inform the field about promising practices in cross-cultural collaboration, and; (3) gain a better understanding of how engineering activities can successfully enable middle school students to meet the demands of an increasingly interconnected world. DSG emphasizes the development of participants’ global competency – meaning the ability to communicate and collaborate with people from different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives.
A major way in which the project is reaching these goals is through DSG Clubs, an afterschool program for students aged 10-13 that is implemented using a Club Guide and an international partnership with another club in a different country. Research was a core component of the development of the DSG club. The program was implemented in two pilot rounds of seven pairs of clubs, with each round researched to better understand processes and outcomes. These findings led to recommendations for improvement to the model, in an iterative cycle of learning and improvement. This formative research study describes the findings from the second round of pilot testing.



Team Members

Marisa Wolsky, Principal Investigator, WGBH Educational Foundation
Sonja Latimore, Co-Principal Investigator, WGBH Educational Foundation
Anne Smiley, Evaluator, FHI 360


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1422236
Funding Amount: $2,734,997

Funding Source: Private Foundation
Funding Program: The Lemelson Foundation
Funding Amount: $461,748

Related URLs

Design Squad Global


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | Learning Researchers | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Engineering
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Formative
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Broadcast Media | Media and Technology | Public Programs | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media