[ASC-list] Inspiring Australia update: stirring up interest in engineering

Jesse Shore jesse at prismaticsciences.com
Thu Jan 17 05:05:33 UTC 2013

Inspiring Australia update: stirring up interest in engineering

Australia needs engineers but where will they come from? Inspiring Australia
is looking for answers by funding programs which aim to attract the interest
of Australian students. Here is an update about two of these programs. 



It is well-known that Australia is experiencing a skill shortage in relation
to engineers, and that Australian industry, and the economy as a whole, are
and will continue to be affected by this shortage unless the trend is
reversed. Establishing pathways to tertiary careers in engineering is
fundamental in addressing the skills shortage.

Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for science engagement, is
playing a part in addressing this issue through awarding $710 000 through
its Unlocking Australia's Potential grants for projects working to promote
engineering as a career path. With partnering organisations contributing a
similar amount, the projects are providing over $1.4 million dollars towards
encouraging engagement with engineering science.

Two examples of the Inspiring Australia-funded engineering projects include
Science Rocks on the Road and Robogals:

*	Science Rocks on the Road is an outreach project which provides
hands-on demonstrations and activities to improve awareness, understanding
and interest in mining-related science. The project has been developed, with
assistance from educators and input from volunteers across all science
disciplines, and conducted workshops and events focusing on engaging school
students in science.
*	Robogals conducts robotics workshops in high schools with the aim of
promoting engineering careers, particularly to female students. The
activities engage students in a range of engineering topics in a fun and
creative way. Additionally the workshops include a brief introduction to the
different types of engineering, and how engineers impact our daily lives.

Through these and other projects, Inspiring Australia is working towards not
only to address one of the key issues of the Australian economy, but at the
same time is ensuring that even those who choose not to pursue a career in
engineering have a level of appreciation and understanding of the
contribution science makes to the Australian economy and to everyday life.


This update from Inspiring Australia is initiative is supported by the
Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation,
Science, Research and Tertiary Education in partnership with the Australian
Science Communicators. 





Jesse Shore

Immediate past- president, Australian Science Communicators 

 <http://www.asc.asn.au/> http://www.asc.asn.au/


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