The National Science Foundation (NSF) is celebrating Women’s History Month by focusing on gender disparities in scientific fields. They reached out to I-LABS co-Director Andrew Meltzoff. As he describes in the video below, research at I-LABS has shown that children acquire stereotypes about ‘who does STEM’ at surprisingly early ages. Fortunately, children’s beliefs about STEM are malleable, rather than fixed in stone. The right interventions at the right time hold promise for sparking early interest and engagement with STEM.
Watch 2 min video about development of STEM stereotypes in elementary school.