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There seems to be doom and gloom when it comes to the future of science and engineering in the UK. James Dyson of the bagless wonder vacuum cleaner complaining that we've forgotten how to make things and that there aren’t enough engineering graduates coming out of university, and electronics giant Siemens echoing the cry.

Industry bodies are telling us that they are forced to look abroad to India and China to get the skills they need.

Up and down the country colleges and universities are considering whether to cut their science courses, some already have.

So what is the answer? How do we encourage our own young people to engage with science and develop a love of the subject, enough to study it at further and higher levels?

A good deal of research and new initiatives have been tried to get youngsters more interested but there's probably no one hard and fast answer. Young children can be turned on and off a subject for a...

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