Germans Get Engineers Started Young

Top firms aim to turn kindergartners toward tech careers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2008 12:49 PM CDT
Frederik, Raeven and Zulu look through magnifiers during an experiment 22 October 2007 at their 'Ina.Kinder.Garten' day-care center in Berlin's Kreuzberg district.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – With a personnel shortfall that's serious and getting worse, Germany wants to get its next generation of engineers started as soon as possible, the Financial Times reports. Hundreds of companies are sending materials and experts to kindergartens to try interest youngsters in technology and science. They hope getting the tots interested early will preserve Germany's reputation as a land of engineering.

"We want to excite children about technology from the earliest age. What they learn then can stay with them for the rest of their lives,” one exec said. "We are working with kindergartens," said another. "This is our future and we need to seize it.”