Thursday, May 24 2018 | Updated at 03:19 PM EDT

Stay Connected With Us F T R

Apr 28, 2017 12:43 PM EDT

Many young girls have the notion that they are not good in science, math or computers. This is also the stereotype that has been existing from a long time ago, but a new study just proves it all wrong.

The new study conducted by the University of Washington reveals that providing exciting and fun STEM activities at school for young girls may boost their interest and confidence in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), Science Daily reported.

The research from the UW's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) has discovered that girls as young as six years old who have been exposed to computer programming activity show a much bigger interest when it comes to technology, according to King5. They were also able to show more positive attitude towards their own skills and abilities compared to other girls who did not try at all.

Allison Master, a research scientist at I-LABS and the study's lead author said that the finding of the study only implies that that there is both a need and opportunity for teaching computer science, most especially in elementary school. Master explained that people today live in a society where boys are the ones who are being pushed toward certain activities than girls. So what they did was to give young girls the same opportunities and activities to see if they will have the same response.

It turns out that girls indeed have exhibited the same level of interest and confidence as the boys who were liked STEM activities. Co-author and I-LABS co-director Andrew Meltzoff said that the most important thing is to make activities accessible to all children in such a way that they will find it more fun and at the same time, help them build the skills that they need.

See Now: Facebook will use AI to detect users with suicidal thoughts and prevent suicide

Follows university of washington, young girls, stem, computers, robots
© 2017 University Herald, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Must Read

Research Reveals Boys' Interest In STEM Careers Declining; Girls' Interest Unchanged

May 24, 2018 AM EDTYear two of Junior Achievement & EY survey of 13-17-year olds shows how teens' career ambitions, educational priorities and economic outlook have ...

International Cyber Attack Strikes Again: Ransomware Hits Companies Worldwide [VIDEO]

Jun 28, 2017 AM EDTOver 2,000 computers in about a dozen countries were affected.

The Magic of Celebrity Involvement: How Projects and Concepts Get Public Nod When Icons Get Involved [VIDEO]

Jun 28, 2017 AM EDTDo celebrities really affect marketing?

Student Loans In Focus: How Much Do Students Really Borrow To Attend The Top 10 Schools [VIDEO]

Jun 26, 2017 AM EDTFor most students, going into the Top 10 schools is a dream come true. But is the expense in studying in these schools worth it?