UCSC program aims to boost girls' int...

UCSC program aims to boost girls' interest in engineering

There are 16 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jul 3, 2010, titled UCSC program aims to boost girls' interest in engineering. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Gracie Stephens and Katherine Derringthon sit several feet apart on the floor, watching with the excitement of young, female versions of Victor Frankenstein as their creations jolt awake and begin to move.

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beyond this

Watsonville, CA

#1 Jul 3, 2010
Today, I think we need to spark interest in anyone, male or female in the hard sciences.
Barbie

United States

#2 Jul 3, 2010
Math is hard...
You mean

Ben Lomond, CA

#3 Jul 3, 2010
Where is the equivalent program for boys? This is so hypocritical. Try having a boys only program of a similar nature and watch NOW and the ACLU scream bloody murder. The war against males continue. Now that women have wormed their way into politics, notice how the economy went into the tank? Yes, we are broke but the new world order has diversity!
richinrio

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 Jul 3, 2010
Maybe the Mayor of Santa Cruz ( fresh off his triumphant meetings with the Girls Clubs ) should head up this effort?

He certainly seems to have the time now that he has tackled all of the other problems that once use to plague our county.
mememe

Aptos, CA

#5 Jul 3, 2010
"You mean" and "beyond this" are absolutely right! There are plenty of data to show that both boys and girls are staying away from engineering. This gender-specific focus is so 20 years ago, and pretty naive. But hey, Baskin has money and UCSC doesn't know any better than to more girls with marshmallows and toothpicks -- and maybe it's one of those off the shelf lego robot kits. Go grant funding!

Besides, with comments like Baskin's about nurses, who should listen to him anyway. He may be old and rich, but he's still can say stupid things. Nurses rule -- and they're not all female anymore either.
aptos mom

United States

#6 Jul 3, 2010
beyond this wrote:
Today, I think we need to spark interest in anyone, male or female in the hard sciences.
Agree.....science/math is quite useful regardless of what path you take in life. Let's return to reading, writing AND sciences/math.

Students need the proper background instruction so they can pursue these fields. Calculus. Trig and the periodic table are fun! Did you know there is an element called Californium? My 6 1/2 son told me about it! Now that's fun!
Idle thoughts

Brisbane, CA

#7 Jul 3, 2010
You mean wrote:
Now that women have wormed their way into politics, notice how the economy went into the tank? Yes, we are broke but the new world order has diversity!
You must have missed the part about The Great Depression in history class, when women weren't part of politics as usual. Maybe your thesis should be, "Notice how now that we have women in politics, men didn't get to create the same cluster-f*d economy as the Great Depression."

Oh, I don't buy that as fact, either. But a simpleton might.

Since: May 08

Santa Cruz, CA

#8 Jul 3, 2010
Don't forget about Governmentium. From wikianswers:
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_Governmenti...

Governmentium

Research has led to the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neuron, 25 assistant neurons, 88 deputy neurons, and 198 assistant deputy neurons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second to take from four days to four years to complete.

Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2-6 years; it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neurons and deputy neurons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neurons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

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Since: May 08

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 Jul 3, 2010
beyond this wrote:
Today, I think we need to spark interest in anyone, male or female in the hard sciences.
Normally, this is taken care of in the marketplace, by paying a high salary. Why isn't this the case with science or engineering?
girl_ engineer

Milpitas, CA

#10 Jul 3, 2010
Yea for your efforts. Bounce this one day against daily media exposure on how to be 'female' and you can begin to understand why a 'girl' focus is necessary.
You mean

Ben Lomond, CA

#11 Jul 3, 2010
Boo for the hypocritical BS. Here girl who evidently cannot think outside of what she reads, views in the media:

Bounce this one day against daily media exposure on how to be 'male' and you can begin to understand why a 'male' focus is necessary.

It sounds just as ridiculous. You are blaming others for your short comings and saying its because 'I'm a girl and the media did it to me'. Pathetic.
Idle thoughts

Brisbane, CA

#12 Jul 4, 2010
Xanthippe wrote:
<quoted text>
Normally, this is taken care of in the marketplace, by paying a high salary. Why isn't this the case with science or engineering?
We don't pay children to learn. And by the time we do pay people to work, it's very difficult to go back and relive your life so that you can appreciate the results of years of being marginalized and ostracized by your peers.

That's why some cultures do better than others at science and math: social stigmatization either helps or hinders children. I do believe that girls get an extra dose of this in America, so one day isn't undue attention to the problem. Probably not enough to help, though.

Since: Apr 09

South Gate, CA

#13 Jul 4, 2010
They should try to get everyone interested in higher learning.
joe1098

Santa Cruz, CA

#14 Jul 6, 2010
Women make up less than 20% of the population within engineering professions.
Mary

Santa Cruz, CA

#15 Jul 7, 2010
joe1098 wrote:
Women make up less than 20% of the population within engineering professions.
It could be that it doesn't appeal to them.

Better to study 'the History of Consciousness'
and 'Art appreciation'.

Many women do not care for math and science.
uh Clem

United States

#16 Jul 7, 2010
'Cause, you know, girls are exploited, weak and stupid and need special programs to help them succeed. Such is the soft sexism of liberals.

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