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Question:
Does the promotion of science and mathematics in the cartoon Spider-Man encourage children to enter these fields of study later in life?

Hypothesis:
Children who watch Spider-Man are more likely to enter careers involving science and mathematics.

Target Population:
Children between the ages of 7 and 12.

Sample:
One out of every thousand children across the United States.

Treatment:
One half of the sample will regularly watch episodes of Spider-Man the animated series, especially episodes focusing on utilization of science and math skills.

Control Group:
One half of sample will not watch episodes of Spider-Man.

Results:
Children who watch Spider-Man the animated series show significantly more interest in science and mathematics than children who do not. These children then become more likely to choose a career in science or mathematics when they become adults.


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