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Engineering box

Design, from The inside out

The Engineering Box is a free resource that unpacks Dyson technology, harnessing young people's curiosity for how things work.

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A teacher showing students how to disassemble a Dyson Tangle-free Turbine Tool.

Ideal for high schools, students take apart a Dyson machine, identifying design clues, to understand the engineering thinking behind how – and why – it works. The lessons are aligned to the Common Core and to the Next Generation Science Standards.

What's in the box?

Design engineering, uncovered

The Engineering Box includes a Dyson DC39 vacuum cleaner, Carbon Fiber Turbine Heads and Tangle-free Turbine Heads. Students take these apart, using the screwdrivers provided, to better understand how the technology works. The box also contains a comprehensive teacher's pack, lesson plans, videos and posters. Schools borrow the box for four weeks, free of charge - with delivery and shipping included. 

In the box

A Dyson DC39 vacuum cleaner™

Seven Carbon Fiber Turbine Heads

15 Tangle-free Turbine Tools

23 Torx screwdrivers and seven flathead screwdrivers

Informative posters for

A teacher’s pack and USB containing 10 supporting videos

Once they've got to grips with Dyson technology, students will understand the design process from the inside out, and they'll be ready to develop their own solutions to everyday problems. They will also learn about the diversity of engineering jobs, hearing the lowdown from real Dyson engineers.

Teacher's pack

Fully-supported lesson plans

The teacher's pack contains eight lesson plans, worksheets and supporting information for the teacher, explaining how the lessons relate to design engineering at Dyson.

Background image for An example of the Engineering Box teacher's pack. The page shows previous James Dyson Award winner, Titan Arm.
An example of the Engineering Box teacher's pack. The page shows previous James Dyson Award winner, Titan Arm.


Printable lesson materials

Download all the worksheets and certificates from the teacher's pack for easy copying and distribution amongst your class.


Guided disassembly

The videos provided with the pack (on the USB) include interviews with the Dyson engineers involved in the design of the DC39 vacuum cleaner. Students will learn about the breadth of engineering disciplines, find out the role each engineer has to play, how they got into engineering, and what their role is day to day.

Also included in the pack are guides to help with taking apart the Dyson vacuum cleaner and its accessories – as well as putting them back together.

"The Engineering Box is the perfect tool for my students to understand the purpose of design briefs, product analysis and creating specifications."

Barbara Pearce

High school teacher

An example of the Engineering Box classroom posters. This poster shows Dyson machines from prototype to product.


Add some color to your classroom

Use these informative posters to support your lessons.

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