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Many Kids, Teens Think Girls Don’t Care About Computer Science

MONDAY, Nov. 29, 2021 (HealthDay News)

The misconception that girls are less interested than boys in computer science and engineering begins at a young age in the United States.

And it’s one reason for the gender gap in those career fields, according to a new study.

In surveys of more than 2,200 U.S. children and teens in grades 1 through 12, researchers found that half 51% believed girls are less interested than boys in computer science.

Moreover, 63% said girls are less interested in engineering, while only 14% said girls are more interested than boys in computer science, and only 9% said girls are more interested in engineering.

The researchers also conducted lab studies with a smaller number of children. They found that only 35% of girls chose a computer science activity when they were told boys were more interested in it than girls, but two-thirds of girls

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