Information for Parents & Carers

Information and links for your future engineer.

Engineers Australia is committed to all future engineers, from the youngest enthusiasts to those hard at work in university. We're here to help you and your child with the resources and insight you'll need to make these important life decisions. You are devoted to your child’s advancement, and we are here to provide you with the insights and resources you both need.

With guidance and understanding, children who are curious, creative and bright become competent and focused professionals. For engineers, changing the world is not an abstract concept but rather a result of their endeavours as thinkers, designers and builders of modernity.

Engineers Australia will help you encourage and inspire a future member of Australia’s most trusted profession – engineering.

Engineers Australia's role as the Voice of Engineering

Engineers Australia is focused on the advancement of both the individual engineer and the engineering profession as a whole. We care about all stages of the engineer's journey, especially the introduction and exploration phase. This is where young students take their first steps towards higher learning and career-driven activities that will influence their future.

As major proponents of early and continued Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, we support the cause of one of Australia’s most treasured resources – bright students set to engineer a better world.

We work with teachers and advisors to help prepare students to attend tertiary courses and we are also the trusted accreditation body for those same courses. We provide engineers who are just starting out with a variety of options for continued development.

As a parent or guardian, you are a young engineer’s biggest influence. And we are your ally in the effort to guide their interest in engineering. Below you will find a summary of programs we have either created or reccommend.

EngQuest – fun for future engineers

Created by Engineers Australia, EngQuest is a learning program for students who wish to explore STEM subjects and engineering. Designed to provide primary school students with a fun, engaging and cost-effective way to learn, EngQuest is free and utilises recycled or low-cost materials.

EngQuest isn’t just for schools – community groups, church groups, summer camps, scouting associations and other organisations can all benefit from the program.

Find out more about EngQuest

The future of engineering

Find out where engineering is headed with your child in this informative digital guide that introduces potential creations of the future from over a dozen fields of engineering.

Take a look at the future of engineering

Engineers Australia resources

Our resources archive is a fully searchable digital tool that provides users with access to a wealth of information including scholarships and awards.

Search Engineers Australia's resources

Engineer themed toys and projects

GoldieBlox — engineering toys for girls

GoldieBlox is a brand of engineering-themed toys designed to give girls a fun and relatable entry point to engineering and STEM subjects. The principles of an engineer combine with approachable playtime activities, making GoldieBlox a fantastic toy for any child.

Find out more about GoldieBlox

Bee-Bots — educational robotic toys

Bee-Bots are robotic toys for children that help them learn a range of subjects. Bee-bots are a fun and intuitive supplement to education for maths, robotics, programming fundamentals, problem solving and more.

Visit the Bee-Bot website

Edison — robotics and programming for kids

Edison brings robotics and enhanced learning to children with their Lego-compatible system. The Edison robot is affordable and increases the functionality of your child's Lego and Lego Technic toys.

Edison's robotics programming software EdWare is graphics-based, making it accessible to children of all ages. The free software allows children to create programs for their Edison robot visually, relating fundamentals of coding in a way that is both accessible and meaningful.

MaKey Makey — an intuitive interface for inventive children

If your child is a budding software engineer, is interested in robotics or simply STEM inclined, MaKey MaKey is the perfect addition to their learning toolkit. It combines online with real world, allowing your child to connect objects from around your home to the Makey Makey kit and use them to control things such as music software, games and more.

Learn more about Makey Makey here

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