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Top 5 Toys Beyond Goldiblox

How to get girls interested in STEM disciplines has been occurring for decades. The now-famous 1981 ad featuring a scruffy little girl holding Lego bricks declaring “This is What is Beautiful” gets sent around regularly with parents and educators wondering where we went wrong and why the gender gap in toys (and STEM careers) has widened rather than closed in the intervening 30+ years.

[ via The Huffington Post ]

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Gender segregation of toys damaging STEM equality

Gender-specific approaches are not fair on children as they learn constantly about how they are supposed to feel, behave and what would make them acceptable to their social group and family, Ms Willott said. “It’s not fair to make little girls feel that they shouldn’t be kicking footballs or building with Lego and it’s not fair to make little boys feel ashamed of playing netball or playing with a pushchair or pushing a doll along or whatever.

[ via Engineering & Technology Magazine ]

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Children’s toys push girls out of STEM fields

Girls’ spatial learning development, career goals and even their perspective on life are all influenced by the toys they play with during early childhood. And although young women should absolutely be encouraged to enter the STEM fields after high school, attempting to garner their interest at age 18 might just be too little, too late.

[ via Iowa State Daily ]

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Breaking Brick Stereotypes: LEGO Unveils a Female Scientist

Town—which became City in 2005—features minifigs in everyday life, quite often in jobs requiring STEM skills. These have included doctors, EMTs, engineers, astronauts and space scientists. Males have dominated such roles, but a number of females have appeared here as well. In fact, the very first female minifig was a Town doctor.

[ via Scientific American ]