STEAM Learning That Respects Girls as Thinkers, Problem-Solvers and Innovators
The Pretty Brainy Vision is this: to empower 2 million girls to develop their genius and abilities in science, technology, engineering, arts and math – STEAM – so they positively impact their communities and world.
STEM + Art = STEAM
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|Pretty Brilliant™||Textiles + TechStyles™||MISSion Innovation™|
|We gave young
challenge: use human-
centered design to create
home lighting that
increases safety &
while lowering costs
for a young family.
|In 40 hours
of service learning,
young innovators wrote
code, prototyped, and
created technology to
improve health & well-being
among the members of
|Over 24 hours,
150 high school and college
women will collaborate
to contribute solutions
to dilemmas in building
sustainable cities and
Learn More About Our Impact from the Fact Sheet of Learning Outcomes
Supporting Women and Girls in Advancing Their STEAM Studies and Careers
Contributing to the National STEM to STEAM Initiative
Building a Community and Culture of Women and Girls in STEAM
GIRLS CAN DO MATH AND ANYTHING ELSE THEY WANT
WE WORK SO GIRLS AND THOSE AROUND THEM KNOW THIS, TOO
In a 2006 survey of teen girls, 44% said, “The smartest girls in my school are not popular.”3 Old stereotypes about cognition and capability die hard and harm girls: 30,000 students in the United States take the advanced placement computer science A test, which focuses on computational thinking. Fewer than 6,000 are girls.4 In Colorado in 2016, the number was 51. Less than one-half of 1% of all high school girls in the state participated.
1 Girls Inc. The Super Girl Dilemma: Girls Feel the Pressure to Be Perfect, Accomplished, Thin, and Accommodating. Oct. 2006. www.girlsinc.org.
2 National Science Foundation. Science and Engineering Degrees: 1966-2006. Oct. 2008. www.nsf.gov.
3 Girls Inc. The Super Girl Dilemma: Girls Feel the Pressure to Be Perfect, Accomplished, Thin, and Accommodating. Oct. 2006. www.girlsinc.org.
4 Heitin, Liana. “No Girls, Blacks, or Hispanics Take AP Computer Science Exam in Some States.” Education Week, Jan. 2014. Retrieved Oct. 12, 2014, from
Corbett, Christianne, Catherine Hill and Andresse St. Rose. Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. March 2010. AAUW. Washington, D.C.