The first challenge in the ConVal Regional High School Applied Technology Center Engineering Lab was the Dyson Cardboard Chair.
Each year, the James Dyson Foundation hosts high school brain-teasing challenges that engage students in STEM concepts. The challenge was to design and build a chair from only cardboard materials.
Engineering teacher Karen Fabianski was impressed to see this group’s model and final product. “Their chair is both sturdy and elegant,” Fabianski said. “What’s most important is that this group worked together in a team format to design and build the product.”
The James Dyson Foundation was started by its founder in 2002. It is dedicated to encouraging young people to think differently, invent, prototype, make mistakes, and realize their engineering potential with a real-life product.