5 Myths About Girls and the Sciences

Top 5 Myths About Girls, Math and Science

LiveScience Staff
Date: 27 August 2007 Time: 10:10 AM ET
Participants in the Integrated Science Teaching Enhancement Partnership Program. InSTEP is part of the NSF’s Graduate Fellowships in K-12 Education Program and is designed to foster student interest in science while boosting teacher confidence in integrated science content and inquiry-based instruction.
CREDIT: InSTEP Program, Florida Institute of Technology

The days of sexist science teachers and Barbies chirping that “math class is tough!” are over, according to pop culture, but a government program aimed at bringing more women and girls into science, technology, engineering and math fields suggests otherwise.

Below are five myths about girls and science that still endure, according to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE) program:

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