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Abstract

The objective of this science fair project is to compare the mathematical ability of both genders. Participants involved in this study will be boys and girls 15 years of age from five different schools.

Hypothesis

Boys perform better than girls when solving mathematical problems.

Scientific Terms

Engineering, physicist, mathematicians, global statistics

Background

Comparing math performance in boys and girls

Boys have always been believed to be better than girls in their ability to solve mathematical problems - this could be due to the fact that there are more men than women in professions that require mathematical analytical skills, such as engineers, physicists and mathematicians.

The fact that boys perform better than girls in situations that require mathematical analytical reasoning has been proven statistically. However, it is still debatable whether a male’s ability to perform better at math,  is due to nature or nurture.  When the statistical results were narrowed down to countries with predominant cultures that had no particular gender preferences, it was discovered that the gap in the performance of boys and girls in mathematics examinations narrowed.

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Complexity level:
5
Project cost ($):
20
Time required:
Preparation will take approximately one day, and observation and recording of data will require another day.
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements