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STEMJOBS.COM // EARLY FALL 2017 5 STEM MYTHS BUSTED SPECIAL FEATURE // STEM MYTHS BUSTED THERE'S ROOM FOR EVERY GENDER IN STEM A. The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) gave a technology and engineering literacy assessment to eighth- grade students. In this first-of-its-kind national assessment, female students outscored male students. Tech and engineering are two of the sectors experiencing the largest gender gaps where women are drastically underrepresented. B. A woman named Ada Lovelace is recognized as the first computer programmer for her work in the mid-1800s—a century before the modern computer was invented. C. Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of YouTube. Google's first office was in her garage. She's been called "the most important Googler you've never heard of" and "the most powerful woman on the internet." D. Hedy Lamarr was a renowned model and actress in the 1930s and '40s, but few realize that she was also an accomplished inventor. Her patented Secret Communication System was developed to protect transmissions during the war and went on to become the foundation for the wireless technology we use today. MYTH 1: Girls aren't well-suited for STEM careers. There are a lot of myths out there about STEM careers and the path students should take after high school. These myths are accepted as fact and feed into each other - causing students to miss out on opportunities to do what they love. Let's bust some common STEM myths. REALITY: Girls outperform boys in many standardized tests that measure success in STEM subjects, including science and math. FACTS:

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