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The human brain isn’t built to understand large numbers. OsakaWayne Studios/Moment via Getty Images

Brains are bad at big numbers, making it impossible to grasp what a million COVID-19 deaths really means

The brain can count small numbers or compare large ones. But it struggles to understand the value of a single large number. This fact may be influencing how people react to numbers about the pandemic.
Gender gaps in achievement for AP math exams may lead to fewer women in STEM careers. Mint Images/Getty Images

Girls still fall behind boys in top scores for AP math exams

A scholar warns that women will continue to be underrepresented in STEM careers unless educators focus on helping girls do better in advanced math courses in high school.
Minority STEM majors are more likely than their white peers to switch fields. andresr/E+ via Getty Images

4 ways to help STEM majors stay the course

Colleges don’t have to sit by and watch STEM majors leave for other fields. Two Ph.D. biology students share tips for encouraging students to stick with STEM despite the difficulty involved.
If we each get to choose four colourful candies, my four includes three orange and one blue. Yours? (Shutterstock)

4 moves to make math visible with kids, using counters

Math educators share four ways parents can use counters, like candies or lego pieces, to lead ‘number talks’ that help kids develop an understanding of how numbers are related.

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