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Ideas Box

By the time today’s primary school children are of working age, the UK will need more than 2 million additional engineers. To create the engineers of tomorrow, design and technology needs to be exciting. But teaching engaging D&T lesson at a primary level can be challenging and overwhelming for non-specialist teachers.

The James Dyson Foundation developed the Ideas Box to challenge students to find inspiration in everyday objects and develop ideas. To identify problems and use their creativity to find solutions. The Box helps teachers nurture the skills needed for the next generation of engineers.

The Ideas Box is a product analysis and design kit to teach engineering. It also has links to literacy, numeracy and enterprise. It includes:

  • 1 Dyson Air MultiplierTM fan as a case study
  • Teacher’s Pack with lesson plans and instructions
  • Posters for the classroom

The Box and training materials are available to classrooms completely free of charge. The Box is loaned to a school for 6 weeks at a time. It’s ideally suited for primary students but can be adapted for any classroom.

Request the Ideas Box using the link above. The James Dyson Foundation will ship the Box and collect it when you’re done free of charge.

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