Heidi Olinger

About Heidi Olinger

Pretty Brainy is an award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers girls to gain science, technology, engineering, art + design, and math - STEAM.

Girl Report: How to Close the STEM Gender Gap

In fall 2018, one college senior used Pretty Brainy as a platform for researching the STEM gender gap and girls' math self-efficacy. Among the things girls confided: "You don't know you need this [kind of program]." See the research findings and more of what girls have to report.

Girl Report: the Rewards of Taking the Lead for Climate Action

"The amount of female brain power in the room for MISSion Innovation was energizing, and the experience taught me more than a few math equations or a couple of scientific principles," writes Madzie B. Learn how the experience took her beyond her comfort zone.

Students Use STEM to Advance Climate Action at MISSion Innovation

MISSion Innovation, a 24-hour innovation marathon, is the latest service learning program from Pretty Brainy. The program is designed to bring young women together to innovate new solutions for a real-world problem, greenhouse gas emissions, with a real client.

Guest Experts Announced for MISSion Innovation

Experts to deliver lightning lessons during our two-day innovation marathon for the climate, MISSion Innovation, are announced. Our guests will give innovators insight on engineering design thinking, behavior change, climate science, and stereotype threat.