Super Suckers

Shows & Workshops
Duration: 120 min
Suitable For: UKS2

It took James Dyson 15 years and over 5000 attempts to make his bagless vacuum cleaner. In two hours, your students will have made their own – although they probably won’t be making millions selling them right away!

They will start by learning how a basic motor works, using their knowledge of electrical circuits, and discover some useful properties they will need later on. Following the Engineering Design Process, they will experiment with various design elements and solve a series of problems. Each problem solved will allow them to add to their machine, until they eventually create a handheld vacuum cleaner that can suck up a mess of confetti.

Curriculum links:

Contact our schools team with any questions on [email protected]

Back to previous page
Super Suckers
Schools Booking Enquiry

Booking Enquiries

If you're looking to book an activity, please fill out the form below or contact us on 01865 810000.

Science Oxford Centre

Bookings to visit the Science Oxford Centre are made via its own section of the website.
Book now

Primary School Shows and Workshops

Start of day (earliest we could start)
End of day
We would usually expect one member of Science Oxford staff to be able to provide three activities in a day. Most of our shows are suitable for up to 60 children and most of our workshops for up to 30 children. We will create a draft timetable for you based on the information you provide below.

Select from our shows and workshops

For more information about any of our shows or workshops, please take a look at the list here. If you would like to discuss any aspect of a visit to your school with a member of our team, please email [email protected] or call us on 01865 810000, or add more information in the Comments section below. This is also recommended if you would like to book multiple days or presenters. A member of our team will be in touch shortly.
A regular email from Science Oxford with news, activities and resources on our Science Oxford Centre, outreach and training programmes for primary school teachers.