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The James Dyson Foundation invests S$3 million into STEM education in Singapore

By Glenn Chua - on 27 Jan 2022, 11:12am

The James Dyson Foundation invests S$3 million into STEM education in Singapore

Image source: James Dyson Foundation

The James Dyson Foundation, the charitable foundation arm of British home appliance company Dyson, is announcing its investment of S$3 million into supporting STEM and engineering education in Singapore over the next five years.

Specifically, the money will be funnelled to support more educational programmes by the foundation, as well as collaborations with the Ministry of Education, Singapore Science Centre, and local universities. All in all, about 100,000 students aged 6-25 will benefit from this, the foundation claims.

Among the new initiatives is a partnership with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), which include a new Dyson-SUTD innovation studio in SUTD's Somapah Road campus, open to students from the school's Engineering Product Development, Information Systems Technology and Design Pillars, as well as mentorship for fields like Engineering Design Innovation, Intelligent Robotics and Smart Manufacturing.

The James Dyson Foundation will also extend its partnership with the Nanyang Technological University for another five years.

Another effort by the James Dyson Foundation includes secondary school outreach. (Image source: James Dyson Foundation)

The foundation will also be widening its reach in secondary and primary schools, one of the new efforts being James Dyson Foundation Challenge Cards. Devised by Dyson Engineers, the cards are instruction guides for little science experiments that students can try at home, such as blooming paper flowers and a water wheel made from plastic bottles.

In addition to that, the foundation is also offering schools its 'Engineering Solutions: Air Pollution' learning resource. The resource includes student textbooks, videos and a five-lesson plan supporting pack for teachers and parents, all to guide students through air pollution and how it's being solved, pitching Dyson's Pure Cool fan as a solution to indoor air pollution at the same time.

Finally, the foundation is also partnering with Science Centre Singapore for multiple showcases, including a Future Makers Exhibition showing off engineering innovations, including a new panel about Dyson founder, Sir James Dyson, an Exhibition Showcase of engineering products and showcases, including Dyson technology, as well as a wall profiling five past winners of the James Dyson Award, an international design competition.

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