Kids and Scientists: Media Stereotypes and Gender-bias
With all the talk of sex discrimination in science, I found this post over on Restructure to be an interesting one. It shows kids drawings of what they think a "scientist" looks like before and after a visit to Fermilab. Before the visit, scientists looked a lot like this:
As I blogged before, I am pretty convinced that the (inaccurate) way scientists are portrayed in the media even from a young age, (for example Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz from Disney's Phineas and Ferb, a current fave in the LabFamily household) influence our kids' ideas much more than even close contact with actual scientists.