Men Totally Overestimate Their Math Skills And It May Explain The STEM Gender Gap

Researchers from Washington State University found that men tend to significantly overestimate their math abilities, while women are generally more accurate in their self-assessments. The results revealed that the male students tended to overestimate their test scores, while the female students predicted their scores fairly accurately. Men were also more likely to say that they would pursue STEM-related classes or careers, likely attributable in part to their inflated confidence in their math skills, according to the study's author.

The 21st Century Has Really Not Been Great For Women And Minorities In STEM

Teens of all stripes are glued to their smartphones, but, per a new study out today from U.S. News and World Report and Raytheon, while 15% of high school boys surveyed were interested in a career in technology, only 2% of girls thought a job in tech sounded appealing. Similarly, while 31% of boys thought jobs in engineering sounded good, only 3% of girls were interested.

2015 STEM Index Shows Gender, Racial Gaps Widen

While the number of jobs, types of degrees granted and level of student interest in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields continues to increase since 2000, the second-annual U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index shows that mutli-million dollar efforts by both the public and the private sectors have failed to close gender and racial gaps in STEM.

Educators hope U. engineering camp sparks girls interest

Hundreds of high school-age girls are attending an engineering camp this summer at the University of Utah. It's just one way to get more girls interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The camp introduces girls to engineering and computer science careers through hands-on learning and team projects.

Girls and STEM: How We Can Up the Numbers

First, we need to message parents or guardians and teachers that old message of what's permissible for girls to do should be avoided. If girls believe they can succeed, they'll be more interested in pursuing subjects like math and science. Women's contributions may have been undervalued because for years, we've heard the message that girls don't do well in math. We ought to never say that again. Girls can do math, science, and technology as well as boys and should be encouraged to get involved in those fields.

Is your company culture driving away women tech workers?

How long would you stay at a job, or in a career field, in which --regardless of your passion for the work and your talent, skills and achievements -- you were consistently bombarded with both overt and subliminal messages that you just did not belong? That's the harsh reality faced by many women in the IT industry, and it's a problem that's difficult for individual workers and lone businesses to address.

How NASA Broke The Gender Barrier In STEM

The convergence of open data and female leadership has the potential to challenge traditional decision making across sectors and facilitate more data-driven and collaborative approaches in creating new ventures and solving problems. Datanauts was born out of NASA’s open-data priorities as a means to bring more women to the open-data table. While the program is intended for women and men, the founding class is made up entirely of women to encourage other female techies and makers to take the "data leap," as Beth Beck, Open Innovation program manager at NASA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, calls it.

What It’s Like as a ‘Girl’ in the Lab

Unfortunately for young women in science, top male scientists may feel that taking on women as trainees could be more trouble than it’s worth. A 2014 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that on average, male scientists train fewer women than female scientists do. This trend is exaggerated for elite male scientists; their labs are even more biased toward men, but the gender bias is not observed in top labs with female heads.

Women’s Place in Space

On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space when the space shuttle Challenger launched on mission STS-7 from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STS-7 crew consisted of astronauts Robert Crippen, commander, the first two-time space shuttle astronaut; Frederick H. Hauck, pilot; and three mission specialists -- Ride, John M. Fabian and Norman E. Thagard. After she retired from NASA, Ride founded Sally Ride Science, a company she hoped would make science fun and interesting for young girls and boys. She headed up the firm until her 2012 death at age 61.

How to Get Girls into STEM? Stop Insulting Them, for Starters

A Nobel scientist has resigned from his position at University College London, after suggesting that women should stay out of laboratories because they distract men. Speaking at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul earlier this week, British Nobel laureate Sir Tim Hunt said to the audience, "Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them they cry."

“We’re Paving the Way, Bringing STEM to Girls at a Young Age”

As a child, Chen would play with her brother’s toys – LEGOs, Lincoln Logs, and the like. When she looked back on this experience as a graduate student she had a total ‘aha’ moment: she saw how the toys she played with as a child made her want to become and engineer. The unique blend of building, circuits, design, crafts, storytelling, and creativity they’ve woven into the fabric of Roominate toys teaches kids STEM skills as they play.

Manufacturing opportunities for Women

Taken from a survey published by the Women in Manufacturing community, "more than 80 percent of women in manufacturing reported that their work was interesting and challenging. Half of the women said that compensation is the most significant benefit of the sector and 74 percent of women working in manufacturing agreed that the industry offered multiple job roles for women."

Number of women in research increasing

Overall, women make up 30 percent of research project principal investigators, and only 20 percent of National Institutes of Health research center and small business principal investigators. NIH has created programs with a mandate to develop strategies that promote advancement of women in research careers within the NIH communities. Key issues, as noted in studies, include childcare, parental leave and workplace flexibility programs such as telework and flextime.

Meet 12 Women In STEM Who Just Broke The Glass Ceiling

Science, technology, engineering and math have long been male-dominated fields. Though barriers still exist, female scientists are making inroads into the old boys' club more than ever before. As more women assume positions of power in the STEM world, scientists hope more women may be encouraged to pursue STEM careers of their own.

Private Girls School Revamps STEM and Media Spaces

A private school for girls in Los Angeles recently converted classrooms into spaces intended to improve delivery of STEM education and media-related work. The Archer School for Girls, opened in 1995, converted the spaces to help its 480 students engage in engineering, design and media activities. The school worked with Parallax Architecture and Planning, a firm that specializes in the planning and design of educational facilities.


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