Several CICS Irving Park students participated in the James Dyson Foundation’s Design. Build. Test. design engineering program showcase on May 26 at the Distinctive Schools downtown office! Prior to the showcase event, students took apart a Dyson vacuum and analyzed the design and parts. Next, they brainstormed a problem they face in school and collaborated to create a prototype to help solve the problem. Our kids created pencil sharpeners that sent shavings straight to a garbage can to prevent shavings from falling to the floor. At the event, students from all five Distinctive Schools campuses had the opportunity to show each other their prototypes and share the failures and triumphs of their respective design engineering processes.