James Dyson Foundation

James Dyson Foundation

December 16, 2011 11:20 ET

REPEAT: Engineering the Future: the James Dyson Foundation Engineering Lab Opens at Science World-Free Admission Day December 17, 2011

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2011) -

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The James Dyson Foundation has teamed up with Science World to create an Engineering Lab for young people, inspiring them to become inventors. It will unleash their interest in design engineering by encouraging them to think creatively. The exhibition opens free to the public on Saturday, December 17, 2011.

"Canada has a strong legacy of engineering, research and development - from the creation of the Trans-Canada railway to the invention of insulin," explains James Dyson. "Investing in young people will allow the success to continue - and grow. Science World is the right platform to do this."

Engineering challenges

The James Dyson Foundation Engineering Lab at Science World introduces the concept of air flow through a tangled web of plastic tubes and valves. Young people can experiment with coloured scarves, sending them through the tubular maze and watching them fly out from the top.

The Engineering Lab classroom is where children will learn about velocity, gravity and other engineering principles. They will build spaghetti bridges, marble runs and even construct their own Science World geodesic dome.

"The Engineering Lab is a wonderful, creative place for children to learn about engineering principles and science, all while they are having fun," says Bryan Tisdall, President and CEO of Science World British Columbia. "The James Dyson Foundation and Science World British Columbia believe that's the true meaning of discovery and is the best way to inspire future engineers, inventors and dreamers."

Families and educators who can't make it to Science World British Columbia can take part in the James Dyson Foundation challenges on an interactive website: www.jamesdysonfoundation.com/scienceworld

For the 'making of' the Engineering Lab and to hear more about the James Dyson Foundation, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJl3kog3Q4o

The James Dyson Foundation

The James Dyson Foundation is committed to encouraging young people into careers in design engineering. The registered charity provides free resources for design and technology teachers, as well as working in universities and schools throughout the UK and internationally. It's also behind the James Dyson Award, a competition challenging young engineers and designers to develop problem solving inventions. The award is run in 18 countries, with the winner receiving £10,000 to develop their invention and £10,000 for their university. Entries for the 2012 competition open in February. www.jamesdysonaward.org

Science World British Columbia

Science World British Columbia is a non-profit organization which engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership throughout our province and the nation. Learn more at www.scienceworld.ca.

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