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April 16, 2015 at 11:30 am

Some of my 2nd grade art classes are separated into boys and girls groups (not sure why).  I noticed a big difference, which I found disturbing, in the design products that seem to match what is marketed with mainstream toys an projects.  Many of the boys were interested in solar power, robotic technology, etc. and many of the girls projects were geared towards fashion, hair and nails.  Not all, but enough for me to want to know more.  How does design affect gender?  What is your experience with this and how can we bridge the gender gap in education?