How Women Perform On Individual Design Projects Compared To Men

Richard Bannerot
2006 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
The relative performances of males and females are analyzed for two individual projects in a sophomore engineering design class. The first project could be described as creative design for both groups and required the building, testing and describing of devices to tell time using the sun. The females outperformed the males by a considerable margin in all aspects of the project. In the second project, requiring the explanation and demonstration of devices (elements of drive trains) largely
more » ... liar (by their own statements) to the females, the females faltered only slightly, relative to the males. However, the females overcame their initial deficiencies in experience and produced overall performances comparable to those of the males. These results indicate that these females are as well, if not better, suited for open ended, problem solving experiences than their males counterparts.
doi:10.18260/1-2--471 fatcat:osuzxz65qndebcd3xxmtu7fdha