Educator: Teach girls to "tinker" to develop STEM interest

While reports suggest that girls surpass boys on many standardized measurements of math and science, far fewer girls go on to choose careers that involve STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- writes Lisa Damour, an author and co-director of the Center for Research on Girls at Laurel School in Ohio. Girls may struggle in the classroom with tasks that do not produce clear, polished outcomes, writes Damour in this column, and she suggests that teachers look for opportunities to teach girls how to "tinker."

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