The James Dyson Foundation Visits The Archer School for Girls to Inspire Next Generation of Engineers

Today, the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles welcomed the James Dyson Foundation for a day of tinkering to encourage exploration of a future in engineering. The James Dyson Foundation’s mission is to inspire young people to pursue a career in engineering and regularly hosts workshops for students of all ages in the hopes of sparking interest in STEM fields. The workshop was led by Samantha Kuderna, US Manager of the Foundation, and Kate Craft, Dyson engineer, for students in 7th and 9th grade. After an overview of the history of Dyson and the company’s approach to invention, Craft led a teardown of Dyson’s Supersonic hairdryer. As students followed step-by-step instructions to strip away parts of the machine, they learned about the innovative technology that powers the revolutionary hairdryer.
Craft and Kuderna also responded to students’ questions about working in engineering and nonprofit during a lunchtime panel open to Middle and Upper School students.

The James Dyson Foundation’s collaboration with The Archer School for Girls seeks to empower young women in a field where they are generally underrepresented. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, while female representation in STEM is increasing – from 8% of STEM workers in 1970 to 27% in 2019 – men still make up the majority of the field (73% of all STEM workers). In 2019, women represented only about a quarter of computer workers and 15% of those in engineering occupations.

The James Dyson Foundation introduces young people to the exciting world of engineering, encouraging them to think differently, make mistakes, and realize their engineering potential.

”We enjoyed having the opportunity to work with the students of The Archer School for Girls to get them hands-on with an engineering challenge. I personally was impressed by their creative thinking and determination to solve the problem at hand, attributes that will go a long way as they continue their education,” said Kuderna. “Our hope is that students leave today inspired to consider all their potential career paths, including engineering.”

Source: The Archer School for Girls
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The James Dyson Foundation

Founded in 2002, the James Dyson Foundation supports design, technology and engineering educational work in the UK and internationally in America, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia. To date, James Dyson and the James Dyson Foundation have donated over £140m to charitable causes, including £12m to Imperial College London to create the Dyson School of Design Engineering, and £8m to Cambridge University to create the Dyson Centre for Engineering Design and the James Dyson Building. At school level, the James Dyson Foundation offers engineering workshops and provides free educational resources. These include its most recent launch, Engineering Solutions: Air Pollution, introducing young people to air pollution and engineering’s role in finding solutions. The Foundation also supports the James Dyson Award, an annual international design award that inspires, encourages and celebrates budding inventors’ new, problem-solving ideas. The competition has supported 390 inventions with prize money, and is run by the James Dyson Foundation, an engineering-education charity funded by Dyson profits.
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