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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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Female student taking apart a Dyson vacuum cleaner to understand how it works.

Ideal for secondary schools, students take apart a Dyson machine, identifying design clues, to understand the engineering thinking behind how – and why – it works. It's ideally suited to Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, but can be adapted for any classroom. 

What's in the box?

Design engineering, uncovered

The Engineering Box includes a Dyson DC39 vacuum cleaner, Carbon Fibre 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 loan the box for four weeks, free of charge - with delivery and collection included.

In the box

Drawing of a DC39 vacuum cleaner

Dyson DC39 vacuum cleaner

Drawing of a carbon fibre turbine head

seven Carbon Fibre Turbine Heads

Drawing of a tangle-free turbine head

15 Tangle-free Turbine Tools

Drawing of three  screwdrivers

23 Torx, 15 Phillips, seven Flathead screwdrivers

Drawing of a teacher's information pack and USB

Informative posters for your classroom

Drawing of posters

Teacher’s pack and USB containing 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

Secondary School Teacher

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


Add some colour to your classroom

Use these informative posters to support your lessons.

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