Students have designs on creative careers

Dyson Day inspires design enthusiasts

A British company with a reputation for excellence and innovation in design and engineering is helping to inspire students at The Radclyffe School this week.

Danya Walker from the James Dyson Foundation, the charitable arm of Dyson Ltd., joined Year 8 students in a ‘hands on’ lesson to create a product prototype. The students discovered how to ‘mind-map’ a project, as well as sketching, building and testing the product.

The imaginative ideas they came up with include a machine for washing pets, a leaf blower and vacuum and a wardrobe that steams clothes to remove the need for ironing!

Later in the day a group of Year 9 students received practical guidance to give them a better understanding of what they’ll need to pursue careers in design engineering.

Teacher of Design & Technology David Taylor said, “We are very pleased to link up with a major international company for this event. The day introduced our students to what design and technology looks like in the workplace.”

The sessions are designed to let our students unleash their creativity and problem solving skills, as well as to inspire them with the knowledge that design and technology can lead to satisfying and rewarding careers.”

Danya Walker from the James Dyson Foundation said, “The work that the foundation does with schools makes younger students aware that design engineering is an exciting subject, of interest for both girls and boys. I was really impressed by the students’ imagination, creativity and teamwork.”

22 November 2012

Students with their design prototype

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