Design. Build. Test. After School Clubs in Chicago Result in Innovative Designs

One of CICS Irving Park DBT club teams designed a smart pencil sharpener that alerts the teacher when the pencil is finished sharpening

Lack of safe and secure storage space in the classroom.
Leaky shower heads that’s dripping keeps you awake at night.
Learning time wasted at the pencil sharpener.

These are just a few of the many challenges experienced by the 150 students from ten of the James Dyson Foundation’s Design. Build. Test. (DBT) after school clubs in Chicago. The DBT curriculum takes students through the Dyson design process, step by step, leading them to building prototype solutions to the problems they identified.

Students were challenged to become design engineers while following the ten-week curriculum, accumulating in 1,500 hours of hands-on learning and the honing of enthusiasm for engineering. All participants were eager to demonstrate their unique solutions to Dyson engineers and their families at the showcase events.

Congratulations to all DBT clubs! We can’t wait to see what creative designs they come up with next year!

 

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A Walt Disney Magnet student designed this dusting tool for hard-to-reach places with his mom in mind, plus its design helps replace light bulbs.

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This Walt Disney Magnet student designed a towel-heating rack so you can have a heated towel when you get out of the shower.

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A Walt Disney Magnet fifth grader presents his portable fridge and freezer unit.

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One of CICS Irving Park DBT club teams designed a smart pencil sharpener that alerts the teacher when the pencil is finished sharpening.

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CICS Bucktown’s DBT club demonstrates their pencil dispenser design.

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The CICS West Belden DBT club designed a portable, unbreakable desk since their current desks lack a place to store Chrome Books, backpacks, and school supplies.