With the support of The James Dyson Foundation, who provided equipment including a brand new Dyson hoover and numerous accessory items such as different suction attachment heads, some of our most talented and enthusiastic scientists and design technology students were invited to work over the past few weeks during lunch times. They have listened to interviews with real engineers to discover how their careers begin, and looked at the steps involved with designing and making Dyson technology. Did you know materials used for making Dyson hoovers are also used for making fighter planes? No we didn't either! They have also had the opportunity to take apart and then reassemble a real Dyson DC39 ball cylinder to explore the different elements such as motors which help it to work.
Comparing the Carbon Fibre Turbine heads and the Tangle Free Turbine Tool, the children were able to see how Dyson engineers have adapted and developed their designs to solve problems with early models. This involved completely taking apart both suction heads to examine all components inside. Then they had to reassemble these - independently without video instructions - so that they could be attached and work.
It has been fantastic to see the resilience of the children from Years 3 to 6 who have taken part in this, showing enthusiasm for the hands on learning opportunities. Some children have also built on their leadership skills by helping support others and excelling during the particularly tricky problem solving stages so far. These children now will have an opportunity to design, research and build their own prototypes to solve a problem and we are all excited to see their creations in the near future!