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Testimonials from Parents, Partners, Educators & Girls in STEAM

 

Ciera, STEM OF FASHION DESIGN™ Student

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— Tracy Winey, STEM consultant & media specialist, Preston Middle School

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“Pretty Brainy has brought out a new confidence in our daughter that we had not seen before. Previously, she has participated at length in piano, dance, Odyssey of the Mind and basketball, but this is first activity where she really felt complete ownership of the results. It was also the first one she was truly sad to see end. She asked me to sign up again before it was over! Since participating in the research and design aspects, she has heightened awareness of products around her and their functionality, or lack of purposeful design. She is looking forward to the next program. Thank you Pretty Brainy!”
— Lori Discoe, parent

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“I have found it is difficult for girls to visualize a path, whether it be sports, academics or creatively, and finding successful mentors who are willing to share time and expertise can be extremely challenging. Pretty Brilliant is exactly what I love to see.”
— Michelle Taylor, parent

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“The experience of working with Pretty Brainy was extremely positive! Students selected positive words and images for the attitude that they wanted to portray on their t-shirts. It was very clear that students identified themselves as being smart and confident . . . and wanted others to know it too!”
— Susanne Martino, parent & Outstanding Secondary Math Educator, Colorado Council of Teachers of Math, Preston Middle School

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“Participating in the Fashionably Mashed program has been an AMAZING experience for my Intro to Fashion class! This workshop helped my students see the actual applications of being a fashion designer and taught them how other disciplines fit into fashion. The students were also able to create and produce an actual product. From the beginning of a design to the final product, you can’t get any more real-world than that!”
— Shannon Dreessen, FACS teacher, Webber Middle School

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“Ater being in [Fashionably Mashed], I have learned that being in the fashion business is not as easy as it seems. My favorite part of the week was making the T-shirt because I felt like a real designer.”
— Zoe, 7th grade

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“I’ve had some amazing experiences through Pretty Brainy, and this workshop has opened so many doors for me and the other girls. It really showed me how many careers use STEM.”
— Ciera, 8th grade

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“I lOVED meeting all the girls like me. I became good friends with lots of them. I gained knowledge about 3D printing. I also loved seeing my jewelry print! I didn’t like . . . well . . . nothing! This whole class was amazing!
— Annalea, 7th grade

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“I gained a lot from ‘Beyond Beautiful,’ especially self-acceptance, how to use a 3D printer, and what being a designer is really like.”
— Eunsoo, 6th grade

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“I think I gained a lot from this course. I learned A LOT about technology, about computer programs, and about coding. The world needs to know that girls are interested in other technology, not just phones!”
— Maddie, 6th grade

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This class has been AMAZING! I learned so much, from the process of growing cotton to figuring out the cost of a shirt. My favorite part of the class was getting creative with white T-shirts. I lOVED this class!
— Lena, 7th grade

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I learned that designing is HARD!!! And really fun.
— Mackenzie, 7th grade

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My favorite of Fashionably Mashed was designing all the mood boards, especially the “Newton’s 3rd Law” one. It made us think about how we can incorporate a simple theme into our designs.”
— Callin, 7th grade

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“The beauty of Pretty Brainy is that it opens up the world of engineering for girls. It happens in a nonthreatening way. It’s not scary to them to take risks and to problem-solve and make decisions and collaborate with others to develop a product. It’s a learning-centered environment.”
— Christine Hendricks, Principal, Tavelli Elementary School, a STEAM School

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“We are excited by innovative programs that help kids learn to be entrepreneurial and philanthropic. Pretty Brainy helps students grow their philanthropic and entrepreneurial spirit by addressing the STEAM education challenges female students face and providing opportunities for those students to break through those barriers. Ultimately, we feel the efforts of Heidi and Pretty Brainy will encourage female students to become more immersed and excited about STEAM education, which will provide the foundation and confidence for them to pursue their interests.
— Gary Rogers, Executive Director, the OtterCares Foundation

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“Heidi Olinger’s presentation, content and message were phenomenal. I think it is a very overlooked fact that young women can be smart and beautiful and that the most beautiful thing about us can in fact be our intelligence. This is something that should be celebrated and in the spotlight. I loved seeing how the girls positively responded to such a message, quickly brainstorming quirky quotes and statements to show off their beautiful minds. Thanks so much for sharing with them. It is something I know I will remember forever.”
— Linley Miller, Las Chicas de Matemáticas, University of Northern Colorado

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“Heidi’s presentation was phenomenal. What a great way to get girls who are complete strangers engaged in creative thinking that requires problem-solving, communication, and reasoning.”
— Hortensia Soto-Johnson, Ph.D., director & founder, Las Chicas de Matemáticas, University of Northern Colorado

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“Just heard the NPR piece about Pretty Brainy and your founder Heidi Olinger’s vision. I LOVE what you are doing. Congratulations on having the courage to tackle this head on. The pernicious messages our girls’ are hearing through things like the JC Penny t-shirt example just sickens me. SO cool to see a company like Pretty Brainy sending out the right message to our girls. Way to go Pretty Brainy team!”
— Kim Coupounas

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“Wearing my Go Girl! girls t-shirt makes me feel special — like I’m a part of a group of strong, smart girls.”
— Reilly, age 15

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“I purchased matching Pretty Brainy girls t-shirts for myself and my 7-year-old daughter. When I gave it to her she squealed and immediately put it on. She loved it immediately! It’s now one of her favorites. Recently we wore them to a baseball tournament and got many compliments on our matching girls t-shirts. It was really fun to bond with her in that way. This unique girls clothing makes both of us feel special.”
— Paulette Hansen, career mom & director of Career Development,
The Neenan Company