What unique invention can you come up with to solve an everyday problem? This was the challenge set to year 8 today by the James Dyson Foundation. The Foundation aims to get young people interested in the engineering sector. A representative came into school to deliver a 90 minute presentation to year 8 all about the design process. The aim of the workshop is to get the students thinking about practical solutions for everyday issues. They were challenged to brainstorm, design and construct a product that helps to solve a problem at home. The one constraint was that it must use air. The class were spilt into teams and each given an hour to come up with an idea.
The ideas were exceptionally creative and original. The 4 products were a portable mini hair dryer, a long range bottle opener, an electrically powered washing up brush and a device for picking up lost items in small confined spaces. All the teams drew detailed diagrams, designed some great prototypes and showed exceptional teamwork in developing their ideas. They then all delivered strong pitches explaining their products and took some tough questions from the other groups. The bottle opener was chosen as the winner due its originality.
We’d like to thank the James Dyson foundation for coming into to talk to our students. All the students really enjoyed the workshop and you never know, we might see some of their ideas coming to the market place one day!
You can read more about the James Dyson Foundation here: https://bit.ly/2HYUexK