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Abstract

This science fair project was done to find out if boys are better than girls at math. The science project experiment involved 17 year old boys and girls.

Hypothesis

Boys are better than girls at math.

Scientific Terms

Engineering, physicist, mathematicians, global statistics

Background

Comparing boys and girls math performance

It has long been believed that boys perform better than girls at math. If we look around at math- related professions like engineering, physicists or mathematicians, we find more men than women in these fields.

However, it is still hot debate topic, as to whether the difference in the performance of boys and girls is due to nature or nurture. Globally, statistics tend show that boys perform better than girls at math, but if the statistics are narrowed down to countries where gender favoritism is prevalent, the gap between the performance of boys and girls becomes insignificant. This could indicate that boys are better than math in the first place, because of gender favoritism.

Nonetheless, among average quality students, boys and girls may be at par in terms of their math abilities. However, the debate still continues as to whether there is a difference, at the higher extremes of the bell curve. This is where the most talented and brilliant mathematicians are classified. Some studies show that at this end of the bell curve, boys do indeed outnumber girls.

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Complexity level:
8
Project cost ($):
30
Time required:
1 day to prepare, 14 days for science project experiment
Material availability:
Participation of various schools.
Safety concerns:

None