The new curriculum in UK, which will be announced this week, will give pupils the skills to design and make their own products.
An earlier draft of the document was criticized by a few people, including Sir James Dyson, the inventor that it had placed too much emphasis on "life skills" such as cooking, flower arranging, bicycle maintenance and sewing.
The new curriculum, will teach kids to learn engineering using cutting-edge equipment, including 3D printers, laser cutters and robotics. It will also include lessons in programming micro-processor chips.
Kids, between the age of five and 14, will get state-of-the-art technology lessons from 2014.
Between the ages of five and seven, kids will be taught to use a range of tools and equipment to build structures, exploring how to make them stronger, stiffer and more stable.
7- to 11-year-old pupils will be introduced to use electrical systems in their products, such as series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors, and they are expected to apply their understanding of computing to programme, monitor and control their products.
At secondary school, pupils will be taught to develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans, 3-D and mathematical modelling, oral and digital presentations and computer-based tools.
According to the Royal Academy of Engineering report, the UK needs to educate at least an extra 10,000 science graduates a year just to maintain its current industrial position.
Sir James Dyson said: "The revised curriculum will give young people a practical understanding of science and mathematics."
A senior Whitehall source said: "Pupils will learn computer-aided design and electronics. 3D printers will become standard in our schools - a technology that is transforming manufacturing and the economy.
"Combined with the introduction of programming, it is a big step forward from Labour's dumbed down curriculum."
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