BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition Winners 2020 Visit UCC
On 25 February, UCC's new Hub played host to the winners of the 56th BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
Cormac Harris and Alan O'Sullivan, both aged 16, fourth year students from Colaiste Choilm, Cork, accompanied by their teacher Karina Lyne, presented their project "A statistical investigation into the prevalence of gender stereotyping in 5-7 year olds and the development of an initiative to combat gender bias."
The aim of Cormac and Alan's project project was to determine how early gender stereotyping can be identified. They conducted workshops with 376 five to seven-year olds from a range of school settings with a number of different tasks including: choosing between gender-specific and gender-neutral toys; drawing and naming an engineer; and; rating male and female competency at a number of gender-specific roles. One of the most striking findings emerging from the research was that 96% of boys drew a male engineer while just over 50% of girls drew a female engineer.