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PacSci-Doku: “Mental Image”

By Dennis Schatz – Senior Advisor

Do you Sudoku? It’s one of the hottest number games around! Well, here’s a twist we think you’ll love. We call it PacSci-Doku. Can you guess why? Here’s how it works. Instead of filling in the blanks with numbers, we use letters. Hidden in one of the columns or rows is the answer to a science question. You’ll find information about the answer on the answer tab below.

The question in this edition is:

What more children are now drawing as females?

To find the answer, complete this PacSci-Doku using the following nine letters:

I  i  E  T  t  s  S  N  C

PacSci-Doku: "Mental Image" - The Puzzle

The Puzzle

Puzzle Difficulty: Easy

The Answer
PacSci-Doku: "Mental Image" - The Solution

The Solution

The question in this edition is:

What more children are now drawing as females?

The answer: Scientist

In the late 1960s and 1970s, less than 1% of children asked to draw a scientist portrayed the scientist as a female. In the last five years, this has increased to 30%. The new study included the drawings of 21,000 students in grades from kindergarten through high school. Scientists are delighted that this gender stereotype bias has improved, although there is still disparity in many fields, such as physics and astronomy, where women make up only a small percentage of the workforce. Read more about this study and learn more about what has happening to the scientific workforce over the years.

 

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