Girl Gamers are More Likely to Study STEM

 

According to a new study from the University of Surrey in the U.K., girls who play video games are three times more likely to study STEM subjects in the future. 13 and 14 year olds who qualify as “heavy gamers,” and play over nine hours of video games a week in particular went on to pursue degrees in STEM subjects. Similarly, nearly all of the women who participated in the study and hold STEM degrees self-identified as gamers. Anesa Hoesin, Director of PhD in Higher Education at the University of Surrey and leader of this study, explained that despite these findings, “there are still too few female PSTEM role models for young women.” Additionally, she said that we should encourage girl gamers to become engineering and physics students to hone their intelligence and become female leaders in the scientific field.


For Further Reading

Check out the official study from the University of Surrey here.

Discussion Question

How do you think educators can encourage girls to pursue STEM subjects and implement gaming in schools?

Action Item:

Take a look at the official website for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, an organization that works to encourage girls to pursue a valuable education and love their authentic selves.

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