Stereotypes begin at age 6 for girls in STEM

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Early in primary school, many children already believe that boys are more interested in computer science and engineering than girls. This stereotype can affect girls’ desire to participate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes and activities, and even career choices down the road.

Researchers from the University of Houston and the University of Washington recently published a study that surveyed 2,500 students in grades 1 to 12 to find out what stereotypes children have about boys ‘and girls’ interest in STEM and how these stereotypes affect STEM participation.

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