The James Dyson Foundation is dedicated to encouraging young people to think differently, make mistakes, invent and realize their engineering potential.
It’s not all oily rags and overalls – design engineering is a creative and fascinating job. Engineers spend their time solving problems by using their brains and their hands.
We need more engineers to solve the 21st century challenges of sustainability, housing and an aging population. James Dyson started the Foundation in 2002 to support design and engineering education.
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“At school I opted for arts, put off by all the formulae in science. There was nothing that combined the two – like design engineering does. I resolved to be an estate agent, then a painter, a surgeon, an actor, and an artist again. I only stumbled on engineering by accident and immediately decided what I wanted to do – make things that work better.”
Engineering is one of the most useful and exciting careers. Engineers are the people who can create practical solutions to the 21st Century challenges of sustainability, housing and an aging population. And we need more of them.
We want young people to discover the satisfaction and creativity that is bundled up in design engineering. With a little encouragement, natural curiosity for how things work leads to creativity and problem solving – and, eventually, the design engineers of tomorrow.
Science lessons should inspire students. Experimentation should live in hands not in books.
The Ideas Box and Engineering Box are free resources for teachers to bring design engineering to the classroom. Whether building a prototype out of cardboard or taking apart a Dyson machine, students discover engineering by actively solving problems.
In schools and universities around the world we challenge young people to design solutions to everyday problems – all in 90 minutes. The outcome? Compost bins that combat climate change, inventive DIY tools and energy efficient ventilation systems.
We’re working to support the future Edisons and Brunels.
Each year we award over $1 million to students around the world. The funding supports their project work – allowing them to develop and research new ideas, spend more time in the fabrication studio, designing and testing, and less time paying bills.
The James Dyson Award celebrates young designers from 18 countries who are able to think differently. Whatever the design, as long as it solves a problem, it’s got a chance of winning the James Dyson Award.
But it’s not just about recognition. A $45,000 prize goes to the international winner to help transform the idea from a prototype into a commercial product.
Our main focus is design and engineering but we also encourage and support medical and scientific research. We’ve donated over $14 million to these causes through grants, machine donations and fundraising endeavors lead by Dyson people.
“My cause is the shortage of engineers. By 2020 the UK will be hamstrung by a shortfall of approximately 470,000.” It is clear to me that the only way to deal with this scarcity is to engage young people at an early age and show them how exciting engineering really is – a job where…
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