Boys seem to naturally be more drawn to science and math subjects than girls are. This opinion is based on an observation of mine over the course of the last few years. Let me explain. Two children, a twelve year old girl and an eleven year old boy are growing up together in the same house. The girl has just finished the sixth grade and the boy has just finished the fifth grade. It is important for this observation to point out that they are both better than average students, and also that neither child has a learning or emotional disability of any kind. Let’s name the children Mark and Mary.
During a typical day Mark will engage in deep conversation, and ask fairly detailed questions, usually expecting very detailed answers (for his age) on anything that is either science or math related. When he is outside playing and finds some type of artifact (I use this term loosely) he always wants to know more about it. Like, what it is or how it got there, to seeing something on television and again wanting to know more about what it is, and how it happened. To asking questions like: How much force does it take to move an animate object? How fast does something have to travel to get from here to there in a given amount of time? Also he will enthusiastically make an honest attempt to answer or add to an answer any time a science or mathematical question is posed by another family member or friend.
On the opposite side, Mary will usually not try to engage in conversation and usually does not ask many questions on anything science or math related, unless she is brought into the conversation by another individual, and even then the enthusiasm of the topic at hand will not be there. However, I should point out that Mary engages with the same enthusiasm as Mark just in different areas of interest. She shows more interest in areas like social media, casual conversation, and the latest book series she is reading.
Mark and Mary show plenty of emotion in each of their own ways when engaging in an area of interest that they enjoy. Something to point out is that Mary appears to be more mature in more areas of life than Mark is, which is common for children of this age. With all this in mind the children exhibit two totally different characteristics when it comes to topics in math and science. It should be duly noted that this same behavior can be seen with the two children’s friends. Mark and his male friends show more enthusiasm than Mary and her female friends in these two subject areas, which in turn shows that Mark and his friends enjoy the topics of math and science more than Mary and her friends enjoy them.