STEMtistics - K-12
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High School Students Enjoy Computer Science
Hands-on Activities & Inquiry Skills for 4th Graders
Girls Less Interested in Math
Fifty percent of male high school graduates said math was one of their favorite subjects, compared to just 43 percent of female high school graduates.
Girls Take Tougher Courses
Girls are more likely than boys to earn credits in Alegrebra II, precalculus, advanced biology, chemistry, and health science.
No Girls Allowed?
Gender stereotypes take root early. According to a study in the journal Child Development, girls' and boys' attitudes about math begin to diverge as early as second grade. The researchers studied 247 children in Seattle-area grade schools: "Boys associated math with their own gender while girls associated math with boys. In the self-concept test, boys identified themselves with math more than girls did."
Source: Cvencek, D., Meltzoff, A. N. and Greenwald, A. G. (2011), "Math–Gender Stereotypes in Elementary School Children." Child Development, 82: 766–779.