Go the Distance for Good
Equip Girls to Design Answers to Dilemmas Facing Their Communities, Locally and Globally
A Pretty Brainy Design-A-Thon is a weekend innovation marathon for girls in grades 5 through 12. Girls are given problem statements, mentoring, materials, space to design, expert insight, and 24 to 36 hours to innovate.
Why host a Design-A-Thon? In a word, empowerment. An experience that respects girls as problem-solvers and innovators empowers them to learn.
Host a Pretty Brainy Design-A-Thon. Your support tools include:
- The Design-A-Thon Teaching Module, a how-to guide that outlines the nuts and bolts of planning and delivering a successful event. The guide includes scheduling, budgeting, PowerPoints for visual learners, learning objectives and goals, and insight for making the Design-a-Thon a community-wide event. You receive the thinking and pedagogy of delivering hands-on, project-based service learning. Your Design-A-Thon Teaching Module also includes:
- Authentic assessments.
- Annual partnership and licensing agreement.
- Online Professional Development via —
- On-demand educational content.
Students Learning Empathy and Design
Watch this short interview, in which Suzy and Amelia describe their Design-A-Thon experience. The girls were part of a five-person team of 5th graders that made a series of prototypes to address the stress students feel when transitioning to a new school. Hear Suzy’s description of the process the girls used to arrive at their solution.
“Education Is Learning from Experience”
— Dr. Jane Goodall
Students gain growth experiences in —
Collaboration, including having to work out group issues on a deadline. A ticking clock helps move ego-driven decision-making off the page.
Prototyping in place of perfectionism.
Mentoring from adult subject-matter experts who love their work and want to share their insight and enthusiasm.
Peer support through modeling and instruction.
Fun in learning.
Learn more about hosting a Pretty Brainy Design-A-Thon. Contact us today.