Coláiste Eoin Hacketstown

YOUNG SCIENTIST

04-March-20
YOUNG SCIENTIST

YOUNG SCIENTIST

The 3rd year students from Coláiste Eoin had a wonderful and fascinating time when they visited the BT Young Scientist Awards 2020. They saw a myriad of projects but managed to speak to the winners Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan, both aged 16, fourth year students from Coláiste Choilm, Cork. The boys entered a project entitled “A statistical investigation into the prevalence of gender stereotyping in 5-7 year olds and the development of an initiative to combat gender bias”. Head Judge of the Social and Behavioural Sciences Group category, Professor Joe Barry said about Cormac and Alan’s project, ‘Despite awareness of the lower percentage of females relative to males pursuing study and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), we still do not understand exactly why this is the case. The aim of Cormac and Alan’s project was to determine how early gender stereotyping can be identified. They conducted workshops with 376 5-7 year olds from a range of school settings with a number of different tasks including: choosing between gender-specific and gender-neutral toys; drawing and naming an engineer, and; rating male and female competency at a number of gender-specific roles. One of the most striking findings emerging from the research was that 96% of boys drew a male engineer while just over 50% of girls. We are sure the same is not true for our school or community.

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