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Rethinking education

Real world problems need practical minds

The US needs to produce over one million more STEM professionals over the next decade. We believe the solution is to engage young people at an early age with exciting, industry relevant Design and Technology lessons.

Two students building a prototype from cardboard in a James Dyson Foundation workshop.

"Design and Technology should be as riveting and relevant as the career it channels into. Logical, creative and practical, it’s the only opportunity that school students have to apply what they learn in math and science – directly preparing them for a future in engineering."

James Dyson

Chief Engineer

A student using a glue gun to stick her cardboard prototype together.

Proposed solution

Enabling project-based learning

We believe in an engineering curriculum based on an iterative design process and project-based learning. Students then understand the relevance of engineering in the real world, which can lead to increased numbers taking an interest in, and later choosing a career in, engineering.

Three male students discussing their engineering project which is displayed on the table in front of them.

Testing the theory

A problem-led curriculum

Since 2015, we have donated more than $150,000 to three schools in Chicago to allow them to create makerspace classrooms with cutting-edge equipment. We provided teachers with more than 100 hours of training and a problems-led curriculum, one that encourages students to work in teams on a design brief, to prototype, iteratively test and redesign their inventions.

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