Many girls are encouraged to pursue STEM studies, but they can sometimes lack the spatial skills needed to excel. One professor created a training program to help all people improve their spatial skills.
Though spatial skills -- the ability to find meaning in the shape, size, orientation, or trajectory, of objects -- are valuable, the tactics we use to measure student outcomes don't always include these important skills. By not placing value on spatial thinking, we may be missing out on developing the skills of the next Thomas Edison.
Playing an action video game “can virtually eliminate” the gender difference in a basic capacity researchers call spatial attention, while at the same time reducing the gender difference in the ability to mentally rotate objects, a higher-level spatial skill.
All of us, children included, live in a three-dimensional universe—but too often parents and teachers act as if the physical world is as flat as a worksheet or the page of a book. We call kids’ attention to numbers and letters, but we neglect to remark upon the spatial properties of the objects around us: … Continue reading How Thinking in 3D Can Improve Math and Science Skills →