As debate surrounding the nation’s ability to develop sufficient numbers of engineers going forward continues, the leader of a non-for-profit foundation dedicated to inspiring interest in science and engineering among primary and secondary school students says Australia must do more to promote awareness amongst young children about what can be achieved through these fields and to build confidence within children about their ability to innovate and create.

Re-Engineering Australia Foundation founder and chairman Dr Michael Myers OAM said a gradual move toward a ‘score’ system in education had created an environment with too much emphasis on rote learning and insufficient focus upon fostering creative ability, accepting risks and learning from mistakes or developing life skills such as…