Eighth-grade girls are not only as skilled as boys at thinking through problems and using technology to solve them, they may even be a little better, a study released on Tuesday suggests. The findings come from a first-of-its-kind assessment of technology and engineering literacy by the Nation's Report Card.
When asked to tackle real-life scenarios such as designing a safe bicycle lane or improving a pet iguana's habitat, 45 per cent of girls and 42 per cent of boys showed proficiency at understanding and using technology, the computer-based assessment found.
"The importance here is to use this information to encourage more young women to recognize that they possess these skills, that they should have confidence with these skills," said Bill Bushaw, executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board that oversees The Nation's Report Card.
(Courtesy:Times of India, 18.05.2016)