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Engineering Box

More than 130,000 students in the UK and the US have tackled engineering with the James Dyson Foundation Engineering Box. Using screwdrivers to discover design clues and learn how machines work. Each year the Foundation increases our inventory of Engineering Boxes to challenge more students to think like engineers.

The Engineering Box is a reverse engineering kit that takes students through the design process by disassembling a Dyson machine – understanding how a machine works by taking it apart. It contains:

  • 1 Dyson vacuum cleaner as a case study
  • 7 Dyson turbine heads for disassembly
  • 1 Dyson carbon fiber cleaner head as a case study
  • 8 Torx screwdrivers
  • Teacher’s Pack with instructions and curriculum
  • Posters for the classroom

The Box and training materials are available to classrooms completely free of charge. The Box is loaned to a school for 4 weeks at a time. It’s ideally suited for students in 5th-8th grade but can be adapted for any classroom.

Use the link above to order the Engineering Box. The James Dyson Foundation will ship the Box and collect it when you’re done free of charge. You can watch a video of the Box in action here.

Engineering Box photo