Gender politics are big topics in the news, but how do notions of gender actually affect the lives of middle and high school students?

We challenged PBS Student Reporting Labs across the country to profile young people breaking down stereotypes. How does it feel to be the only girl in the room, or boy on the team?

These stories include young welders, pilots, hunters, dancers and game designers. Several explore LGBTQ identity.

Clearly, Generation Z is learning to think and live ‘Outside the Box.’