Reading, Writing, AND ArithmeticJuly 29, 2008
The study, conducted by UC Berkeley and University of Wisconsin researchers, analyzed math test scores from ten states and found not only that girls are performing as well as boys on standardized test but also that they are taking the same types of math courses in elementary and high school.
While Barbie once famously complained about math being hard, turns out that girls are just as savvy as boys when it comes to fiddling around with numbers. But stereotypes still persist about girls’ ability to do math and may be a main reason women remain underrepresented in math and science fields. Through our Community Action Grants program, AAUW supports mission-focused projects, many of which are specifically targeted to increasing interest in math and science among girls.
One outstanding example of the kind of work being done by our own member branches is the Tech Trek Science Camp, which provides 7th grade girls from all backgrounds the opportunity to attend a weeklong program at Stanford University focused on building excitement about math and science careers. Founded in 1998 and supported by a Community Action Grant, the program continues to grow.
Here is a snapshot of what the 2008 camp offered girls:
Now that looks like fun to me. And I think even Barbie would agree.