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The Backlash Against the ‘Pinkification’ of Tech

The Backlash Against the ‘Pinkification’ of Tech

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Important story about the backlash against the “Pinkification” of STEM in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Why Aren’t More Girls Attracted To Physics?

Why Aren’t More Girls Attracted To Physics?

| August 10, 2013

Even as the gender divide in some areas of science has diminished, a stubborn gap has persisted in high school physics. A new study finds that girls are more likely to take physics if they see women in their communities working in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Can a Toy Spark Interest in Engineering for Girls?

Can a Toy Spark Interest in Engineering for Girls?

| May 17, 2013 | 6 Comments

Fed up with the limited choices of toys for girls, a Stanford-trained engineer created a toy focused on developing spatial skills in girls.

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How Educators Can Help Close the Achievement Gap With Simple Tactics

How Educators Can Help Close the Achievement Gap With Simple Tactics

| February 25, 2013 | 4 Comments

A new study from Stanford shows that a simple teaching tactic may help close the achievement gap between Latino American students and their white peers. Geoffrey Cohen, a professor of education and psychology at Stanford, and David Sherman of the University of California-Santa Barbara, and their fellow researchers explored the negative effects of “stereotype threat,” […]

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Girls and Games: What’s the Attraction?

Girls and Games: What’s the Attraction?

| January 14, 2013 | 12 Comments

Games are increasingly recognized by educators as a way to get kids excited about learning. While the stereotype of a “gamer” may evoke the image of a high school boy holed up in a dark room playing on a console, in reality 62 percent of gamers play with other people either in person or online, […]

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Important Facts to Know About Learning Math

Important Facts to Know About Learning Math

| August 1, 2012 | 7 Comments

Flickr: Benjamin Rossen We’ve explored a variety of angles about different aspects of teaching and learning math — everything from stereotyping girls to how to deal with math anxiety to the importance of spatial thinking. Here are some helpful articles that examine the learning processes. WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TALK MATH WITH KIDS >> Many […]

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Why Stereotyping Threatens the Influence of Women in Science

Why Stereotyping Threatens the Influence of Women in Science

| July 16, 2012 | 2 Comments

Flickr:Idovermani By Shankar Vedantam Walk into any tech company or university math department, and you’ll likely see a gender disparity: Fewer women than men seem to go into fields involving science, engineering, technology and mathematics. Over the years, educators, recruiters and government authorities have bemoaned the gender gap and warned that it can have dire […]

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Can Stereotyping Girls Harm Boys Too?

Can Stereotyping Girls Harm Boys Too?

| March 9, 2012 | 15 Comments

Getty When Larry Summers, then the president of Harvard, made his infamous remark in 2005 about “intrinsic aptitude” in explaining part of the gap between men and women’s performance in math and science, he was accused of making it harder for women and girls to succeed in those fields. He wasn’t blamed for hobbling the […]

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Girls and Math: Busting the Stereotype

Girls and Math: Busting the Stereotype

| January 10, 2012 | 6 Comments

Do girls need special attention when it comes to science, math, and technology topics? In response to last week’s article about Techbridge, the after-school science program specifically geared to girls, some readers strongly refuted the notion that girls need the extra nudge. “‘Steering’ something suggests directing it in a path it would not normally, of […]

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