THE BENEFITS of engineering will be introduced to a younger set of students, under a plan announced by the Morrison Government.
The Engineering is Elementary program will include workshops for 1000 teachers from up to 500 schools from every state and territory to teach kids engineering in an engaging way.
If the coalition wins the May election, it will spend $6.2 million funding the program, to improve skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.
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The money was set aside in the latest Budget, in a bid to highlight for Australian primary school students the transforming power of engineering.
Engineering is Elementary will introduce students to the skills and concepts needed to pursue a career as an engineer.
“The program will be rolled out over the next three years by our national Science and Technology Centre Questacon, which has done such a great job of getting young people excited about science,” Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said in a statement.
“Building our engineering skills is critical as the Morrison Government seeks to build our Defence and cyber workforce to take advantage of our enormous investment in Defence capability and cyber security,” Ms Andrews added.
“As an engineer myself I’m well aware of the vital importance of engineering in supporting nearly every aspect of our lives, including all forms of transport, roads, buildings, infrastructure, electrical components and chemical engineering products such as toothpaste and detergent.
“Then there are the high tech products such as computers and iPhones and technology yet to be developed. The potential is limitless and our students have a lot to be excited about.
“We also know that many of the jobs of the future are going to require skills in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects. We have to start from a very strong foundation in school to meet the demands of the future workforce.”
The program, originally developed by the Museum of Science in Boston, will deliver workshops and resource kits to primary school teachers.
Australian schools will also have the opportunity to form links with industry and invite engineers to the classroom.