#ChangeThePattern is an initiative highlighting the need to change the pattern of too few girls in STEAM. The movement promotes the diverse thinking and problem-solving females bring to the table. Purchases from the initiative benefit Pretty Brainy through 1/1/15.
The girls were creating technology, and their parents were publicly gushing over the results: this alone may do more for these girls’ interest in STEM/science, technology, engineering and math than anything else that will unfold for them in their K-12 education.
What I love about introducing the Graffiti T-shirt to Pretty Brainy STEM workshops is the added control each designer will have over her finished product. Get wild yet control your design direction in a short amount of time.
For some girls in our STEM of Fashion Design courses, the math problem-solving and costing lesson is their favorite part. But no matter what a girl likes best or least, she is learning a real-world application for math. This is maybe my most important work because for girls today, the path of least math is no longer an option.
When students feel ownership for their learning, are the results better than any work we could have required? Here's an example of student work that gives us an answer. Plus, questions for uncovering what students value.