ACTIVITY 15:Read the text below, click on the gaps
and decide which word best fits each gap. Then check the correct answers.
FEMALE TECHNOLOGY If you want your daughter to
succeed, buy her a toy construction set. That is the
from Britain'sfemale engineers and scientists.
Marie-Noelle Barton, who heads an Engineering
Council campaign to encourage girls into science and engineering,
maintains that some of Britain's most successful women have had
their careersby the toys they played with
as children. Even girls who end nowhere near a microchip or
microscope could benefit from a better of science and technology.
'It's a of giving them experience and
confidence with technology so that when they are with a situation requiring
some technical know-how, they feel they can handle it and don't just
defeat immediately,' says Mrs
Barton. 'I believe that lots of girls feel unsure of themselves when
it comes technology and therefore they
might be losing out on jobs because they are reluctant even to apply
Research recently carried suggests that scientific and
constructional toys should be to girls from an early age,
otherwise the result is 'socialisation' into stereotypically female
, which may explain why
relatively few girls study science and engineering at university in
Britain. Only 14% of those who have gone for engineering at university this year are
women, although this figure does represent an improvement on the 7%
recorded some years ago.