My wife took my son to a science activity center today. The kind of place with hands-on experiments and interactive museum exhibits. They both had a blast. The favorite item was a rocket where you could blast off through orders of magnitude to see the earth, galaxy and whole universe, then zoom back down through a cell to an atom.
My wife counted the children there. There were ten boys for every girl.
Is that because parents don’t think to take their girls to do science? Or is it because girls would rather do something else with their activity days?
Either way, if you care about gender issues in science (and I do), it is a depressing omen for the future.