I have a thirst for knowledge. I love reading about new things, and trying them out too where possible! And I’d love for the girls to have the same thirst. Ella is definitely showing signs already, asking constant questions about how things work. So, I was really pleased myself and Ella were invited along to learn about Dyson products and how they are engineered, with Dyson and Currys PC World at the Museum of Science and Industry. I knew she’d love it, and I wasn’t wrong!
The Dyson team had brought along some of their amazingly innovative products to try out. Ella loved the cordless vacuum. It was so easy for her, as a three year old, to hoover up the decorative glitter, soil and flour that had been artfully laid out on the different types of flooring. Other than a months old baby, I’m pretty sure Ella was the youngest there. Yet she had no issue at all in getting stuck in, and showing off her vacuuming skills!
The Dyson engineers explained to us more about how two of their latest products work. The first was the Cinetic Big Ball Animal Cylinder Cleaner. The engineer challenged one of the kids to knock the cylinder over. The kid thought he’d outsmarted Dyson by instead picking it up and turning it right on its back. Yet still, the cylinder easily corrected itself to being upright again. I think most people who’ve had cylinder cleaners know the struggle of it hitting furniture edges and being knocked over. Dyson really do think of everything! I was also really impressed by the lack of filter and the way in which you empty the cylinder without having to go anywhere near the dirt!
We also learnt about the Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower. This fan is super impressive. It doesn’t just cool the air, and without any of those scary fan blades too. It also purifies it, removing 99.5% of allergens and pollutants! Plus it has an app to control it away from the home, so you can purify the air ready for you to get home! This is perfect for anyone with allergy sufferers in the house. Though frankly, who doesn’t want to breathe clean air?!
Then it was workshop time! The kids (and big kids) got to take part in two workshops based around these two products. Firstly, we designed some snazzy plastic eggs, then added blue tac and balls to make them stand up when knocked over, just like the cylinder vacuum! Ella is surprise egg obsessed, so you can imagine her delight when she saw the plastic eggs on the table! She’d picked her’s before the workshop even began!
Then we made and decorated our own pinwheels. We held them up to the Cool Link to spin the wheels round. Ella absolutely loved this! She stood for ages with our pinwheels held up to the fan, watching them go round and round! In the end, I moved her over to the demonstration fan so that other kids could have a go!!
I don’t think Ella knows what she wants to be when she’s older. I doubt she knows what an engineer is. But I do know I’d be more than happy for her to be one! You could see the passion in the Dyson engineers when they talked about products they’d worked to create. And I love that there is a James Dyson Foundation to support the engineers of tomorrow.
We had such a fab day. Ella enjoyed every minute, from the smoothies and cookies when she arrived, to trying the products, having fun in the workshops, the lunch, having a look round the Museum of Science and Industry, and getting to travel there and back on the train! She was absolutely buzzing after, and I was so proud of how grown-up and interested she was in everything! It was also so nice to get to spend some one-on-one time with her. In fact, I think it’s the longest amount of time that we’ve spent just the two of us since Sienna was born.