Girls in STEM and STEAM
Pretty Brilliant: Girls in Engineering Design Making Life Brighter for Their Community
This inside view of a Pretty Brainy workshop in Fort Collins, CO, documents the organization’s style of project-based learning and mentoring, including telementoring with engineers at Environmental Lights, based in San Diego.
The Pretty Brainy STEAM Awards Fundraiser
Pretty Brainy honored six middle and high school girls and two mentors for their accomplishments in service learning and STEAM. The event, held June 14, 2015, at the historic Edwards House in Fort Collins, CO, was underwritten by Nancy Richardson. Richardson is founder of the OtterCares Foundation and co-founder, with her husband, Curt Richardson, of Blue Ocean Enterprises.
The International Society for Technology in Education
Pack2School with the OtterCares Foundation
Pretty Brainy reprised a version of Margaret Mead’s 1957 landmark activity, “Draw a Scientist,” with hundreds of K-12 students. The drawings represent a scope of how girls see themselves in STEM and their perceptions of science in general. Most students, including Destiny (left) draw a mad scientist. But MaryJane, who is 7, drew herself as a scientist diving into the ocean to save a dolphin.
Each year in August, the OtterCares Foundation provides new backpacks and school supplies, at no cost, for students in need in Colorado’s Poudre School district. While waiting in line for supplies, students learn and create with Pretty Brainy and other organizations.