Tag Archives: STEM

Women are better at statistics than they think

Women are better at statistics than they think

Women in statistics classes do better academically than men over a semester despite having more negative attitudes regarding their own abilities, according to our recent study in the Journal of Statistics and Data Science Education. Using data from more than 100 male and female students from multiple statistics classes, my colleague and I assessed gender differences in grades over […] … learn more→

Only about 1 in 5 engineering degrees go to women

Only about 1 in 5 engineering degrees go to women

Despite various efforts to encourage more women to study STEM fields in college, the percentage of engineering bachelor’s degrees earned by women in the United States hasn’t increased much in the 21st century. Specifically, it has risen from 18% in 1998 to 22% in 2018. Of all the fields in STEM – or science, technology, engineering and […] … learn more→

Women who study computer science and mathematics: who they are and why they are so few

Women who study computer science and mathematics: who they are and why they are so few

Why in 2022 almost 75% of graduates in science, technology, engineering or mathematics in Spain are men? According to several studies carried out among high school students based on the Abbreviated Math Anxiety Scale (Index of Abbreviated Mathematical Anxiety, in Spanish), women show higher levels of anxiety than boys when faced with the forms of evaluation in math tests. From these investigations, […] … learn more→

Stereotypes about girls dissuade many from careers in computer science

Stereotypes about girls dissuade many from careers in computer science

Stereotypes about what boys and girls supposedly like aren’t hard to find. Toy advertisements send signals that science and electronic toys are intended for boys rather than girls. Computer scientists and engineers on television shows and movies are often white men, like the guys on “The Big Bang Theory.” Policymakers, teachers and parents sometimes subscribe to these stereotypes, too. They […] … learn more→

It’s not lack of confidence that’s holding back women in STEM

It’s not lack of confidence that’s holding back women in STEM

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions are still heavily male-dominated. Across all sectors, just over one in four STEM workers are women. The gender gap is even wider among students in post-secondary STEM courses. The STEM Equity Monitor reports: When considering university and VET together, in 2018 women comprised only 21% of total STEM course enrolments and […] … learn more→

Getting kids – and their caregivers – to practice STEM at home

Getting kids – and their caregivers – to practice STEM at home

Many educators, caregivers and students have been struggling with remote learning during the pandemic, especially the lack of hands-on learning experiences. We developed and are trying out a hybrid approach – with on-screen and off-screen time – that helps children learn engineering design practices at home. Engineering design practices are the steps engineers take to design a solution to a problem. […] … learn more→

Global collaborations are changing conditions for women in STEM

Global collaborations are changing conditions for women in STEM

Broadening the representation and leadership of women in science and engineering continues to be both a focus and a challenge for Canada and the global world. Gender diversity brings a mixture of perspectives and skills on topics from salary disparity to sexual harassment that strengthens the fabric of the academic setting and workforce. Recently, the University of […] … learn more→