Math games for girls!

Archive for September 2014

Dungeons & Dragons and Girls: Video shoots down gamer stereotypes

A new documentary called DnDnG – Dungeons and Dragons and Girls, explores gender equality in role playing games.  Director Meredith Jacobson was inspired to make the short video, after hearing her boyfriend jokingly tell a few gamer boys ages 9-11, that “girls will never play D&D with you”. In the beginning of the video, when…

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Google Science Fair Winners Take on World Hunger, Other Global Problems

This year’s Google Science Fair winners were 3 girls from Ireland. Their grand prize winning project examined whether a naturally occurring bacteria could make some crops more productive and increase food yields. Emer Hickey, one of the girls involved in the project, described the simple concept.  Many seeds rot in the soil prior to germination.…

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New Documentary Follows Big Dream of Girls in Tech

The lack of women in the technology sector has been a much talked about topic in the news recently, with large tech firms such as Facebook and Google releasing their demographic statistics, which show a low number of women and minorities represented in their firms. A new documentary “Big Dream”  follows 7 women in the…

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Sharks Act Like Math Geniuses

Sharks and other marine animals are found to use a mathematical principle called Lévy flight, to locate their prey. Lévy flight, named after French mathematician Paul Lévy, is a random walk comprising groups of short steps with longer movements between them. Andy Reynolds of Rothamsted Research, studied how sharks perform Lévy flights.  He investigated whether…

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How “cool” Would it be if More Kids Were Psyched About STEM?

STEM often has a misconception of being only for the smartest and geekiest kids in class. Actress Mayim Bialik, is a science geek, with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA who embraces her geekiness. As a child, she enjoyed spending hours with her graphing calculator trying to gain a better understanding of math and science…

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The Best Language for Math

English is not the best language for learning math. Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish all use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly. For example, Chinese has only 9 number names, while English has more than 24 unique number names. Place value is more clearly expressed  in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The number…

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Expert Tips on Getting Girls Into STEM

Since 1990, the percentage of women working in STEM related fields has declined. Studies show, while there are no gender differences in STEM abilities, there are gender differences in in interest and confidence in STEM subjects at an early age. This matters, as if they do not think they are capable in STEM, they will…

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