We want to excite young people about design and engineering, demystify the design process, and encourage creativity.
Whether you're a teacher or student, our resources will give you an insight into the process of making something that works.
Think Differently More info
Dyson Engineers Are Off To The RacesMore info
The Dyson team of engineers is 650 and growing. They constantly develop designs that do more with less – spending years designing, testing and building the latest technology. But they like to have fun, too. Recently they took on a challenge to create the fastest go-cart racer using a bit of wrong thinking with Dyson spare parts – and all the power you can squeeze from an old handheld motor.
Check out the Dyson engineers racing their rovers here.
Engineering is fun and creative – a bit challenging, too. Everything we use in day to day life has been designed and engineered. Your bicycle. Your mp3 player. Your laptop. Even your couch was designed by a team of engineers. Engineers ask the questions others seem to forget and solve problems others seem to ignore.
Your challenge – use bits of cardboard, candy and a drinking straw to build your own rover rod. Click here to build your very own rover rod. Test how far it can go. Compete with your friends for the top-speed. Don’t be afraid to test new materials or different designs.
The Foundation wants to see your engineering come alive – share your photos and successes by emailing us at email@example.com.
case studies & product analysis
Engineering box - physical loanMore info
The James Dyson Foundation Engineering Box is a reverse engineering resource. It contains:
- 1 Dyson DC26 vacuum cleaner
- 7 Dyson Turbine Head floor tools
- 1 Dyson Carbon fiber floor tool
- 8 Torx screwdrivers
Plus, for your school to keep:
- James Dyson Foundation Teachers Pack
- James Dyson's autobiography - Against the Odds
- Design engineering posters
It's loaned to your school for a period of 4 weeks at a time, completely free. It's ideally suited to ages 11-18 but can also be used for younger students and at universities. Use it with the James Dyson Foundation Teacher's Pack and Product Analysis Resources.
To order an Engineering Box, click here.
Teachers Pack - PDFMore info
The James Dyson Foundation Teacher's Pack is an in-depth case study of the development behind a DC26 Dyson vacuum cleaner. It also features profiles of Dyson design engineers, the history of how the bagless vacuum cleaner was developed, and activities for your class. An essential accompaniment to the Engineering Box - the Teacher's Pack includes detailed instructions on how to disassemble the DC26 vacuum cleaner.
Dyson Product Design
DC11 Design Process More info
- 1 Introduction by James Dyson (5.5 mb)
- 2 The Brief (5.3 mb)
- 3 Research (6.5 mb)
- 4 Idea Development (5.5 mb)
- 5 3D Prototyping (22.4 mb)
- 6 Production & Testing (12 mb)
- 7 Evaluation & Modifications(5 mb)
Learn about the design process behind Dyson's DC11 vacuum cleaner, featuring James Dyson and top Dyson design engineers. It can be used on its own, or alongside other resources we offer.
build your own cyclone - a3 model kitMore info
Cardboard modelling is an inexpensive and quick way to test your design. It's easy to modify, and can be used to experiment with functionality, as well as aesthetics. The Build Your Own Cyclone kit enables you to make your own functional cardboard cyclone which you can connect to a vacuum cleaner to demonstrate the principle of centrifugal force.
Engineering PostersMore info
Download our free posters to liven up your classroom walls. Investigating different aspects of the design process, as well as paths into design engineering, the posters can be used with our other resources, or on their own to support learning.
Click on the poster thumbnails (above) to view and download
"I was given a choice at school: pursue either arts or sciences. There was no happy medium on offer for a boy who enjoyed solving problems and making things with his hands. I stumbled across my flair for design engineering by mistake. 40 years on, I'm passionate about it. And I've realized what I missed out on at school."
Math & Science
Useful LinksMore info
- Design Museum, London
- Science Museum, London
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
- SS Great Britain, Bristol
Institutions and Academies:
- Royal Academy of Engineering
- Stem Directories
- Design and Technology Association
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Northwestern University
- Brunel University
- Glasgow School of Art
- Northumbria University
- Royal College of Art
- Southbank University
- London South Bank University
Education and careers
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