Drawing girls to science through art
Laura Conner, Research Assistant Professor, UAF-GI
Despite huge advances in the last few decades, women are still underrepresented in many science fields. For instance, only about 15 percent of engineers are female, and only 12 percent of physicists and astronomers are female. A leading cause of this disparity is a lack of interest in, and identification with, science among girls. Starting about middle school, girls tend to view science as rote, passionless, uncreative and not relevant to their interests. Our project is documenting how an educational approach that integrates art and science can change stereotypical views about scientists and science careers.