PBS’ Trash to Treasure Competition Starts April 5


In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, PBS KIDS GO!’s Design Squad is launching a nationwide 2010 Trash to Treasure competition on April 5th. Kids across the country ages 5-19 are asked to recycle, reuse and re-engineer everyday materials into new inventions. Three young innovators will win a trip to Boston to see their designs built and have the process chronicled for an upcoming episode of the engineering TV series.

Above is a video of last year’s winner Max Wallack, 13, inventor of the “Home Dome”–a temporary shelter for homeless people and disaster victims.

This seems like a really great contest to get young minds thinking of ways to craftily reuse materials into something beneficial.

Written by Kelly Rand

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting.

Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.


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  1. The concept is great and the fact that it is directed towards the youth is even better. With all that creative juice inside of them, it’s the perfect outlet. Now if we could only start RE-creating instead of worrying about tomorrow, half the battle of truly living would be solved! Thanks for the sharing and check us out at http://www.jofabrics.com for great organic fabrics to keep you in the ‘Green’!

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