It's back-to-school time again, and the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE) program is once again seeking to broaden the participation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education fields by supporting research, the diffusion of research-based innovations, and extension services in education that will lead to a larger and more diverse science and engineering workforce. The program's work has led to changes in the opportunities available for girls and women to participate in STEM fields.
The NSF has identified five myths people have about girls and science:
1) From the time they start school, most girls are less interested in science than boys are.
2.) Classroom interventions that work to increase girls' interest in STEM run the risk of turning off the boys.
3.) Science and math teachers are no longer biased toward their male students.
4.) When girls just aren't interested in science, parents can't do much to motivate them.
5.) At the college level, changing the STEM curriculum runs the risk of watering down important "sink or swim" coursework.
To find out why these myths are false and how to help encourage girls and women you know to enter STEM fields go here .