Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • What type of object is this? Do you normally think of vacuums as being art? What makes this vacuum special?

  • What makes this object look streamlined?

  • If you could design your own household item, what would you chose?

  • The first vacuum cleaners were bulky stand-up units and not easily portable. But in 1921 Electrolux launched the Model V, which was designed to lie on the floor on two thin metal runners. This innovation became a standard feature on generations of future vacuum cleaners such as the one we have here. How is this vacuum cleaner similar to or different from your vacuum cleaner at home?