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:


Our experienced team will put together a full or part-day programme of shows and workshops that fits into your school timetable and that allows sufficient time to set up, reset or clear away. The programme is tailored to each school and can usually include a mixture of activities for different Key Stages. A small number of activities may require two staff members, but we can run two streams of activities simultaneously with an additional member of staff.

For timetables involving one staff member:

£230+VAT for a part day
£320+VAT for a whole day
15% discount for Member Schools

For timetables involving two staff members:

£360+VAT for a part day
£495+VAT for a whole day
15% discount for Member Schools

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.

A monthly email from Science Oxford with news, activities and resources on our Science Oxford Centre, outreach and training programmes for primary school teachers.