Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The James Dyson Foundation

The James Dyson Foundation is founded by Sir James Dyson, an English industrial designer, in the year 2002 to support design and engineering education. He is best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone bag-less vacuum cleaner which works on cyclonic separation. The foundation encourages young people to think differently, make mistakes and invent. Its soul motive is to inspire and support future Edisons and Brunels.
On May 5, James Dyson hosted a design workshop for young students in Chicago to mark the launch of the James Dyson Foundation in the US. The foundation encourages more American students to become future engineers and inventors. 

James Dyson inspirational words echoed in the heart and mind of everyone present when he said: "Young people have an innate inventive streak. They’re not stifled by experience – they take risks and are excellent problem-solvers. They fail everyday – exactly the making of a great engineer. We’re encouraging children to use their hands and heads, make mistakes and learn."

The idea of supporting good ideas with business expertise stems from James Dyson’s own experience as an inventor who was determined to develop bag-less vacuum technology and launch a business in a recession.

Another way the foundation inspires young minds is the James Dyson Awards. The James Dyson Award is an international design award that "celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers". It is organized and run by the James Dyson Foundation charitable trust, and is open to graduates (or recent graduates) in the fields of product design, industrial design and engineering.
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