Have you all seen this column from Scientific American's Budding Scientist blog yesterday? "To Attract More Girls to STEM, Bring More Storytelling to Science" was written by two teachers from New Jersey's High Technology High School who suggest that girls would be more attracted to science if it incorporated more aspects of other subjects, such as literature, history, and art.
Do Sarah & Jonathan's experiences (which mirror a recent study) with girls having the aptitude but not the interest in science and STEM careers reflect your own classroom experiences? Are you trying to collaborate more with teachers in other departments -- or to incorporate more non-science-specific materials into your teaching? If so, are you finding that students, particularly the girls, are responding positively? If not, what's holding you back -- perceived or actual lack of support from your administration, disinterest, a fear of forsaking a topic you feel is more important, or something else entirely?
In other words, how are you reaching out to students who think that "science is boring" even when it's clear that they are/would be good at it?