The James Dyson Foundation is dedicated to encouraging young people to think differently, make mistakes, invent and realise their engineering potential.
It’s not all oily rags and overalls – design engineering is a creative and fascinating job. Engineers spend their time solving problems by using their brains and their hands.
We need more engineers to solve 21st century challenges. Sustainability, housing and an ageing population. So James Dyson started the Foundation in 2002, to support design and engineering education.
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“At school I opted for arts, put off by all the formulae in science. There was nothing that combined the two like design engineering does. I resolved to be an estate agent, then a painter, a surgeon, an actor, and an artist again. I only stumbled on engineering by accident and immediately decided what I wanted to do – make things that work better.”
Engineering is one of the most useful and exciting careers. Engineers are the people who can create practical solutions to the 21st century challenges of sustainability, housing and an ageing population. And we need more of them.
We want young people to discover the satisfaction and creativity that is bundled up in design engineering. With a little encouragement, natural curiosity for how things work can lead to creativity and problem solving – and, eventually, the design engineers of tomorrow.
Design and Technology lessons should inspire students. Experimentation should live in hands not in books.
The Ideas Box and Engineering Box are free resources for teachers to bring design engineering to the classroom. Whether building a prototype out of cardboard or taking apart a Dyson machine, students discover engineering by actively solving problems.
In schools and universities around the world we challenge young people to design solutions to everyday problems – all in 90 minutes. The outcome? Compost bins that combat climate change, inventive DIY tools and energy efficient ventilation systems.
We’re working to support the future Edisons and Brunels.
Each year we award over £650,000 to students around the world. The funding supports their project work – allowing them to develop and research new ideas, spend more time in the fabrication studio, designing and testing, and less time paying bills.
The James Dyson Award celebrates young designers from 18 countries who are able to think differently. Whatever the design, as long as it solves a problem, it’s got a chance of winning the James Dyson Award.
But it’s not just about recognition. A £30,000 prize goes to the international winner to help transform the idea from a prototype into a commercial product.
Our main focus is design and engineering but we also encourage and support medical and scientific research. We’ve donated over £9 million to these causes through grants, machine donations and fundraising endeavours lead by Dyson people.
Today, James Dyson opens some of the world’s most advanced engineering facilities at the University of Cambridge – giving the institution’s students and academics the space and means to prototype, invent and collaborate on cutting-edge research. The development has been funded by a £8m donation from the James Dyson Foundation – the largest gift ever…
Every year, the James Dyson Foundation offers a university scholarship to one A-level student at Malmesbury School who intends to study science, technology, engineering, product design or maths at university. This year’s scholarship has been awarded to 18-year-old Adrien Fauvarque. Adrien has applied to study mechanical engineering at several top UK universities. The James Dyson…
Yesterday saw the ‘topping out’ of the James Dyson Building at the University of Cambridge. Following a Cambridge tradition, Tom Dyson poured a bottle of locally brewed beer onto the new roof. The James Dyson Building is set to house engineering researchers from early 2016. The Dyson Centre for Engineering Design at the University of Cambridge is also close to completion.…
James Dyson scaled the roof of the Royal College of Art’s new building in Battersea, calling for more commitment to design and engineering. The ‘topping out’ ceremony marked the completion of the highest point of the new Dyson building, to which the James Dyson Foundation has donated £5 million.
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