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Girls, Women, and Minorities in STEM

Peer Pressure Impact on Girls and Minorities in STEM Tracks

Peer pressure is a force in all of our lives, and that's especially so for school-aged kids. It's been shown that the middle school years are when girls tend to start turning away from math and science. Psychology researcher Nilanjana Dasgupta from the University of Massachusetts Amherst is starting to investigate the factors contributing into that trend.

Gender Aspects of the Science Fair Experience

MSSEF board member and award-winning meteorologist Mish Michaels collaborated with Gerhard Sonnert and Philip Sadler, both of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, on an article that explores the relationship between gender and the science fair experience.  Entitled, "Gender Aspects of Participation, Support, and Success in a State Science Fair," the paper considers data from student part

Science Club for Girls Partners with Boys and Girls Club in Fitchburg

The Cambridge-based non-profit Science Club for Girls has been partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster to bring hands-on science activities to girls grades 2-7 at their club.  A recent grant from the

Researchers Suggest Cultural Forces Impede U.S. Girls' Performance in Science

In 65 countries, 15-year-old girls performed better than their male peers on a science test given by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  In the United States, however, boys outperformed girls.  What's the disconnect in America?  Researchers think that stereotypes may have something to do with it.

How Obama’s New Initiative Will Affect STEM Education

At the National Urban League Conference in New Orleans last month, President Obama announced an initiative geared toward improving the education of African-American students.

17-Year-Old Builds Artificial ‘Brain’ to Detect Breast Cancer

Brittany Wenger, a 17-year-old science whiz from Florida, has taken the Google Science Fair's top prize with her invention of an artificial brain with an uncanny ability to diagnose breast cancer. "I taught the computer how to diagnose breast cancer," Brittany said.

A Dollhouse Wired to Teach Girls Science

Here's a novel idea: a dollhouse complete with assembly-required furniture and working circuit boards.  The goal, of course, is to reach girls where they live, so to speak, and encourage an early interest in math and science.  The project, called "Roominate," is the brain child of three women who met as master's students at Stanford University.


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