Engineers Australia – April 2014: Pages 42-49 By Desi Corbett The majority of countries are supporting well established science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) national programs, while the federal government is yet to mull over a cohesive strategy. Industry groups, professional bodies and the chief scientist have all called for a national STEM strategy that will encourage children’s interest in engineering and ultimately ensure a vibrant and economic future for this country. But our school students continue to fall behind in skills competency, the states run a wide but disparate range of school student programs, support is lacking for STEM skilled teachers and we continue to deliver inadequate messaging that fails to attract more females
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