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Apr 18, 2018

Dr. Sheryl Sorby, Professor of Engineering Education, University of Cincinnati


Teaching spatial skills makes an incredible difference for female (and male) students in STEM. In only 12 teaching contact hours, Dr. Sorby improved retention of female engineering students by 42% in one semester at the 4-year college level. Now, she has taken her work to 2-year colleges. Ready-made spatial skills modules helped community college students earn higher grades in STEM courses that have a strong spatial skills component. Learn how these modules were especially important for female STEM students, as women had a lower average score on the spatial skills pre-test than their male counterparts.