For Girls2020-09-08T11:39:04-06:00

Pretty Brainy’s Ambassadors Are Engineering for Change

“I don’t want to be a supermodel; I want to be a role model.” — Queen Latifah

Our ambassadors are using code, climate activism, and humanitarian engineering to improve life for others

In 2018 Pretty Brainy’s ambassadors, as part of an all-girl team committed to a cooler planet and carbon-conscious living, launched the first all-woman innovation marathon for climate action. MISSion Innovation, the name they chose for their movement, entered its second stage in 2019 when they began planning and building the MISSion Innovation App! Check out what engineering for change means and what they have to say as they move forward in life.

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Do Something About Global Warming, Right Now

Be a Cool Climate Leader

Carbon consciousness begins young. That means all young people learn now to reduce carbon emissions so it’s a way of life, not a debate and a challenge, as it is for older generations dependent on fossil fuels. That’s the basis for the MISSion Innovation App! Built by an all-girl team whose ages range from 11 to 28, the tech leverages the fact that, with climate change, we’re all in this together. We work together to hold the global temperature increase to below 1.5 °C, or we all suffer (as some inhabitants on Earth already are). When we lessen our carbon footprint with friends, family and besties, the rewards are great for everyone.

The App lets you form teams, get your school and other organizations on board, and be up to date on exactly what you can do every day to make a positive difference with your choices and behavior.

So keep it cool. Take the lead for the climate. And get the App!

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Girls are engineering for change through MISSion Innovation and taking action for the climate

Voices We Love

“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.” — Beyoncé

“Make mistakes, make mistakes, make mistakes. Just make sure they’re your mistakes.” — Fiona Apple

“If you’re secure in yourself, and even if you’re not secure in yourself, you don’t need to bully.”  — Joan Jett

Girls are engineering for change and shaping how STEAM looks in action in the community

Girl’s-Eye View on STEAM

With solid experience using STEAM to improve life for others and an eye toward their future (humanitarian engineering? computer science? environmental studies?), our all-girl team came together to hammer out the Girl Perspective on STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art + design, and math. What did they come up with? A list of standards and positive change our girl leaders are committed to helping shape in the places where they come together with others: classrooms and other learning spaces, workplaces, teams, and in the community. If we don’t do it, who will? Importantly, girls embrace the intersection of art + design with engineering and science to help improve well-being for others.

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High School Survival Guide

A Series by Kyra

Survival. It’s a theme in Kyra A.’s series, High School Survival Guide, our most-read content. Ever. Kyra says, “I survived my underclassman years. From Girl Drama to academic troubles to balancing everything I wanted to do and everything in between, there were points in which I fully considered dropping out. Dropping out obviously would not have worked out, so here I am . . . congratulating myself on surviving.” Kyra invites you to learn from what she’s endured. The upshot? You can thrive and not just survive.

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.

Climate Action Challenge Statements

MISSion Innovation participants will collaborate Sept. 22-23 to address climate action challenges articulated by the City of Fort Collins, CO. Solutions will help the city advance its climate action plan and meet its 2050 goal for carbon neutrality. See the challenge statements here.