BACKGROUND. Pretty Brainy is an award-winning education nonprofit founded with the purpose of transforming how girls ages 10 to 18 regard themselves in science, technology, engineering, art + design, and math (STEAM). We began by integrating math problem-solving into girls' apparel. Knowing the value of experiential learning and critical thinking, in 2013 we quickly pivoted to creating workshops and curricula that appeal to girls' interests in humanitarian engineering, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and design.
IMPACT. From 2019 to the present, Pretty Brainy and its corps of skilled volunteers brought girls more than 2,500 direct contact hours of learning in physical science, humanitarian engineering, design thinking, creative technology, and computational thinking. During these hours girls ages 10 to 18 gain experience and mentoring from scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and developers. In the words of one high school senior -
"I am most proud of the work I have done with Pretty Brainy because I am making an impact instead of just sitting back and watching other people fix the problems I am most passionate about. Working with Pretty Brainy has been one of the most beneficial experiences in my life."
OUTCOMES. Our accomplishments to date include, but are not limited to -
a. Launching the first-ever all-girl and all-woman innovation marathon for climate action. The marathon drew a racially and culturally diverse cohort of 40 girls, 20 mentors, and 10 subject-matter experts in the fields of energy, physics, engineering design, sustainable living, and human-centered technology. Held at Colorado State University, judges chose three innovations for development based on their feasibility to reduce CO2 emissions.
b. Making it possible for our all-girl team (average age: 17) to build and launch a scalable, mobile application to help citizens sustainably change their behavior to reduce their carbon emissions and contribute to a cooler planet Earth.
VISION. What started as the drive to keep one little girl as strong and confident in her abilities at age 13 as she was at age 7 has grown into this vision: Pretty Brainy will empower 2 million girls to develop their STEAM abilities and genius to positively impact their communities and world.