Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
If children know there is someone standing over them who knows all the answers, they are less inclined to find the answers for themselves.
For whatever reason, I didn't succumb to the stereotype that science wasn't for girls. I got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counselor who told me that science was for boys. A lot of my friends did.
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