Published on October 26th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe


PBS Kids GO! Announces Trash to Treasure Winners


PBS Design Squad challenged kids aged 5 to 19 to create the next great eco-friendly invention using recycled items. They chose the winners a few weeks ago and those lucky kids got to visit Boston and see their inventions brought to life.

The winners were: MaryAnn, age 14 who designed a water-saving toilet; Daniel, age 14 came up with a bike that has space to stash your backpack and features to keep you dry when you’re riding in bad weather; and Lilly, age 12, who came up with the recycled “Sibling Soaker.”


The kids worked with Conintuum, a Boston-based company to realize their designs. Here are the kids talking about their projects and working with the folks at Continuum on developing their designs:

Trash to Treasure submissions had to fit into one of the competition’s three categories: mobility, conservation, or play and had to use at least two repurposed materials in the design. What a fun way to get kids thinking about creative reuse!

The full episode will run on Design Squad early next year.

[Photos courtesy of PBS]

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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