Female students start to show more interest in science and engineering

Figures for combined sciences show a 19% rise in the proportion of female students expressing enthusiasm for the subject, compared to an 11% rise for male sixth formers. Young women’s interest in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering rose by 18% and 27% respectively, compared to 10% and 13% for male students.

[ via The Guardian ]

Americans Grade Math as the Most Valuable School Subject

Men overwhelmingly say math has been the most valuable subject in their lives, with English and science essentially tied for second. Women are as likely to mention English as math as the most valuable subject.

[ via Gallup ]

NYC mayoral candidate Christine Quinn proposes five all-girl tech schools

Quinn’s plan would create at least one all-girls STEM middle school in each borough. The exact locations of the schools would be decided by the city Education Department.
By focusing on middle schools, the plan would target female students at a critical stage of their development and prepare them for success in high school, Quinn said.

[ via New York Daily News ]

PA’s Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences Aims to Bridge Gender Gap

The vice principal said she is seeing those stereotypes flipped from both a male and female perspective. Male students are pursuing medical track careers in nursing and female students are signing up for engineering courses.

[ Via The Citizens’ Voice ]