Barbie: Computer Engineer



Can Barbie really be a computer engineer? The title of this book would suggest that she can, but, do girls see Barbie as a model for STEM careers? It may be that Barbie prompts girls to think about feminine activities. In our lab, we’ve¬†incorporated more empowering language and created comparison books with images of real women.¬†Could Barbie, with the right makeover, inspire budding scientists? Or do girls respond better to more realistic models of science achievement?

We are looking for girls in 3rd-6th to participate. Girls will read a story, create an avatar and learn the Scratch programing language. The study takes about an hour and girls receive $20 as a thank you for their participation.

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