We Began with One Goal: To Keep a Little Girl as Strong and Confident at Age 13 as She Was at Age 7
Today our vision is to empower 2 million girls to develop their STEAM abilities and genius to positively impact their communities and world.
That’s Pretty Brainy.
We’re Fierce About Empowerment
Pretty Brainy is a 501(c)(3) education nonprofit organization. We don’t just throw around the word empowerment, but authentically empower girls by recognizing them as the thinkers, problem-solvers, leaders, and innovators who are and will continue to make the world a better place.
We give girls ages 10 to 18, as well as their collegiate mentors, growth opportunities in STEAM through which they benefit by designing and innovating for those in the world around them. It’s service learning for the 21st century.
And it’s empowering the next gen of great minds.
We Design STEAM Learning That’s Relevant to Under-Served Students
Our first reason to be was this: relevant STEAM learning to help girls stay strong and believing in themselves and their ambitions throughout their tween and teen years.
Now we also do it because our world can’t afford not to.1
We could (and always do) cite the figures that show how girls lose interest in science and math as early as elementary school. How by middle school they emotionally disengage from science and math. How girls who take STEM subjects in high school outperform boys. But, then again, how the number of women who earn degrees in math and computer science peaked a whopping 30 years ago.
We address why these things happen to girls. And from our knowledge we create the experiences about which girls say this and much more:
“We’re doing math for a reason and we get to apply it to what we’re doing.” — Anoushka, age 12
“This boosts your confidence because you’re not competing with the other girls. You’re working together to find a solution.” — Carolyn, age 12
We Empower Girls to Effectively SPEAK UP for Themselves & Their Ideas
Pretty Brainy could give girls experiences in science and tech, math and art, engineering and design.
But we would be doing just half the job.
We design learning through which girls gain hands-on STEAM know-how and experience in explaining their process, communicating their results, critically thinking on their feet, and owning the implications of what they have made and why they have made it.
It’s an authentic assessment of our students and ourselves.
It’s our students developing the real-world communications skills that will serve them in their college years and professional life.
It’s Pretty Brainy.
1. In the tech sector alone, the U.S. is creating jobs faster than it is preparing the professionals to fill those jobs. Employers want computer-savvy students. But the number of high school girls who take the AP Computer Science exam is just 19%. Source: American Association of University Women. (May 2010.) Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Retrieved Aug. 3, 2014, from http://www.aauw.org/research/why-so-few/.
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