Here is a NYT article (I know) about how spatial reasoning is a better predictor of science and engineering success, as well as creativity, than math or verbal reasoning alone. I can attest to this personally. I can also tell you it aligns with feminist research on women in engineering and education research on how to teach better.

If you do not go out and buy a set of legos, or blocks, or really whatever you can build with for a youbg girl in your life, I will haunt you for the rest of your life after I die. I will haunt you in the afterlife too. You'll be high-fiving Jesus and Buddha when I come up and appear on the tip of your nose to scream "Boo!"

Apparently there is no link button on the mobile Kinja for iphone:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/16/us/…