Green Teens Go To Washington!

Photo: courtesy of Design Squad | PBS

Hot off the heels of Monday's appearance at the White House Science Festival, PBS KIDS GO!’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series Design Squad is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Trash to Treasure competition, which challenged kids aged 5-19 to spend their summer vacation recycling, reusing, and re-engineering everyday materials to create the next great green invention. 

After combing through hundreds of entries, three young innovators won a trip to Boston to see their designs built by the award-winning design consultancy Continuum. Lilly, 12, and MaryAnn, 14, sisters from Ava, New York, and Daniel, 14, from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey designed ways to recycle, reuse and re-engineer everyday materials into new inventions—“The Smarter Toilet” (a water saving device); "Sibling Soaker" (a homemade dunk tank); and “MiBike” (a bike that holds a backpack and protects a kid from rain and snow).

All three winners flew to Boston Columbus Day weekend and worked side-by-side with Continuum designers, strategists and engineers, led by Experiential Modeling Manager Richard Ciccarelli. Over the weekend, the process of transforming a DIY design to world-class prototype was filmed for a 30-minute episode of a new Design Squad series (to air early 2011).

Additionally, MaryAnn and her “Smarter Toilet” were honored at the White House on Monday as part of President Obama’s Science Fair.

Click here to view a short video on these amazing kids working with Continuum to turn their dreams into reality. For more information on the competition, visit the Design Squad site.