James Dyson Foundation Uses Vacuum Cleaners And More To Solve Problems
First and foremost we all know that James Dyson, the man behind the Dyson vacuum cleaner and several other amazing products, believes that things need to work properly. After all that’s why he created the Dyson vacuum cleaner after 5127 prototypes. It was a relentless pursuit of making something better and overcoming failure, and not the relentless pursuit of perfection that drives the company.
Those lessons, and several others, can be taught to engineers in the making through the James Dyson Foundation.
While STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics) are the buzzwords in education. They are just a matter of every day life for Dyson and other consumer product companies across the globe.
What could you learn by making or assembling a vacuum cleaner? What could you learn by disassembling one.
Those are good questions, and that’s just part of how the JDF is empowering teachers to give students amazing hands on learning experiences.
JDF provides free kits to teachers centered around the Engineering Box and the Idea Box.
The Engineering Box is a free kit for schools that gives students a chance to take apart a Dyson machine to learn more about detailed design engineering. The Idea Box is a free kit for schools that introduces students to the design process and gives them a chance to try it out for themselves.
At SXSWedu we turned around and our 9 year old EdTech correspondent Tatum F, was taking apart a Dyson vacuum cleaner. Step by step, led by a James Dyson Foundation Community Relations Specialist, Bailee Lauer and an instructional video. The video, and Lauer, explaining each step of the process and breaking it down into easy to understand engineering concepts.
James Dyson started the foundation in 2002 because more engineers are needed in the world and it’s best to ignite that passion and fire for engineering at a young age. Their goal is to encourage young people to think differently, make mistakes, invent and realize their engineering potential.
There are a lot of “kits” and curriculums out there to implement STEM in the classroom. With the James Dyson Foundation, students get a peak into the real world of engineering, created by someone who’s done it over and over again.
Check out the JDF here.