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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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Efforts made to steer women, minorities to science careers

Echekki likens the problem to a pipeline “with many leaks diverting people of color – and under-represented groups in STEM, in general – from science and technologies fields.” Plugging those leaks will require “access to opportunities and resources for K-12, overcoming stereotypes of what STEM fields involve (and) misconceptions about the kinds of people who work in these fields,” providing incentives for students “to stay in STEM tracks in college and building resiliency in people who may find themselves isolated or labeled.”

[ via News and Observer ]

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Teaching Science Through Hip Hop

One of the things I’ve come to realize in working with young people is that it is imperative that we involve the adults in their lives in this mission. Because at the end of the day, if you want them to really have a leg up they need to participate in these summer academies, these authentic research programs.

[ via NPR ]

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Diversity Correlates With Success: Gender and Synthetic Biology

We knew when we started working on this subject, that many fields in science suffer from gender bias, but because synthetic biology is a new field we expected that historical biases would not apply and that we would not observe an important gender bias. However what we found out is that the bias we observe in synthetic biology is very representative of the bias in other fields of science.

[ via Scientific American ]

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It’s not all about hard hats, honest: life as a female engineer

It’s the kind of job that I’d wanted since I was very young. At school, I always loved scientific subjects. Maths was one of my favourite lessons (yes, really) and solving physics problems was more like a game for me. It really annoys me not knowing how stuff works, so when I discovered that as an engineer I could find some of those answers, it seemed like the right choice.

[ via The Telegraph ]

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Women of science, you are rock stars.

Amorphia Apparel is the home of irreverent, science-heavy shirt designs that turn famous female scientists into rock stars. I dig their Monsters of Grok line, which reimagines famous band logos, like the Red Hot Chili Peppers (above), to showcase women who deserve just as many standing ovations.

[ via Cool Mom Tech ]

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The Need for Belonging in Math and Science

In an excellent paper from 2007, Gregory Walton and Geoffrey Cohen showed that in academic and professional settings, members of socially stigmatized groups were more uncertain of the quality of their social bonds and more sensitive to issues of social belonging. They called this “belonging uncertainty”, and they found it contributed to racial disparities in achievement.

[ via Scientific American ]