Pretty Brainy Brings Ada Lovelace Day to NoCO

On the occasion of Ada Lovelace Day, a global celebration since 2009, Pretty Brainy brought together donors with girls in STEAM whose learning and opportunities have been heightened thanks to community support. We created the event to —

  • Thank the exceptional people whose contributions of time, talent and treasure make possible our mission of empowering girls to gain STEAM – science, tech, engineering, art + design, and math.
  • Give donors an opportunity to see mission impact first hand.

Dr. Tara Zeller says about the growth experiences her daughter, Laprele, has had in Pretty Brainy –

“Pretty Brainy has made an impact on her intelligence and confidence that is subtle yet evident in her expressed thoughts and creativity. Every time she is involved in some way she has a mental growth sprint.”

Maria Passantino sent a video postcard from Rochester Institute of Technology, where she is studying animation. While in high school, Maria participated in multiple service learning programs through Pretty Brainy, the experience of which she credits for helping her win full scholarships to multiple schools. Rochester Institute of Technology was her final choice.

The celebration unfolded October 26 at Art Lab Fort Collins thanks to these generous sponsors –

Toolbox Creative
Elevations Credit Union
Pedersen Toyota
Little Words Project
Juli y Juan’s Kitchen
Whole Foods Market

Event highlights included the following –

Student Leaders Introduce New STEAM Service Learning Project

Girls from Pretty Brainy’s program leadership team unveiled their STEAM service learning project for 2018. Lauren Isenhour, a physics major at Colorado State University, and M.J., a high school junior, introduced MISSion Innovation: Girls Innovate Real-Life Situations.

The event will be a 24-hour innovation marathon that will give high school and college students experience to learn or deepen their knowledge of code, innovation, and design thinking. Teams participating in the event will innovate in support of sustainable cities and communities. The program is targeted for February 2018 at Colorado State University. Registration opens in December.

Girls Teach Guests a Blend of Science and Art

Isabella, a freshman at Colorado State, and Madeleine, a high school sophomore, taught guests a little of the logic and science of building parallel circuits. The result? Guests blended science and art to make Halloween masks. Annette Meredith, a city advisor with the Institute for Market Research, said about her finished piece, “I’m wearing this to work tomorrow.”

Girls in STEAM teach guests to blend science and art. Dawn Putney with her finished mask.

Dawn Putney, ToolBox Creative, with her finished mask. Girls in STEAM learning with Pretty Brainy taught guests the project, a blend of the science of electricity with art and design.

This year, 2017, marks the first that Pretty Brainy has extended Ada Lovelace Day beyond girls’ STEAM workshops and into the Northern Colorado community. Learn more about the Pretty Brainy mission of empowering girls to gain STEAM.

Global Observance of Ada Lovelace Is Chance to Celebrate Progress of Girls and Women in STEAM, STEM

Ada Lovelace Day, marked each year in October, was founded in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson. The celebration features a flagship Ada Lovelace Day Live! science cabaret in London, at which women in STEM give short talks about their work or about women who have inspired them. The global celebration includes independently organized grassroots events such as Pretty Brainy presented.

Her Father Was Lord Byron, But Ada Lovelace Called Herself “the Enchantress of Numbers”

Learn about Ada Lovelace and how she wrote the first computer program – 100 years before a computer was built. Visit