Dubai: The leading global research and technology company Dyson has launched the “Engineering a Sustainable Future” schools program in ten schools across the UAE. The program, managed by Dyson along with social impact agency Interact, inspires and excites 11 to 13-year-old students about engineering, innovation and sustainability.
Four engineering challenges, made available for teachers to lead in their schools, encourage design thinking, planning and engineering solutions through hands-on activities.
The program is part of Dyson’s effort to positively contribute to sustainability and engineering teaching for children in schools – showing them what is possible while having fun. Each challenge is designed around specific learning objectives to help students develop new sets of skills, within Dyson’s areas of expertise. The four modules are:
- Indoor air quality – “How clean is your air?”
- Sustainability – “How much oil?”
- Innovation in engineering – “Homemade vacuum cleaner”
- Hygiene – “The power of air”
Ten private schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are participating in the programme in its first year, including Aldar Schools’ Al Ain Academy.
As part of the program, Dyson ran an exclusive social media competition for the participating schools with the top three winning prizes.
The Arbor School in Dubai won 10 Airblade 9KJ hand dryers for their school’s washrooms worth $17699 (AED65,000). Al Ain Aldar Academy won 10 Dyson Air purifiers for their classrooms worth $7621 (AED27,990). And Dubai British School Jumeirah Park won 30 tickets for a class excursion to Dubai’s Museum of the Future worth $1184 (AED4,350).