STEAMed Magazine July 2015 - Page 38

finished piece, a T-shirt design to wear into Lego Robotics competitions. At Pretty Brainy, we source an 8-inch square sketchbook hailed as a “sketch pad for every artist.” Our supplier enjoys telling me that, among engineers at Hewlett Packard, this is the sketchbook of choice. Our students use this design notebook from the outside in, designing their own cover, creating a table of contents, labeling and numbering their pages, and filling it with project ideas and plans. Recently when the art warehouse from which we source supplies was late in filling an order, we substituted an 8 ½- by 11-inch sketchpad procured at the local Dollar Store. It was a disaster. Students disliked it, using it only when told to, then quickly closing and put it aside. in getting your hands dirty, in understanding why you made what you made, and owning the impact of that work in the world. It’s what artists and designers do.” Indeed. And the design notebook is the beginning. 1 For information on the origin of STEAM, as well as discussion and resources, see http:// stemtosteam.org/. 2 Rhode Island School of Design. (2011, Jan.). Archive of NSF/RISD Bridging STEM to STEAM Workshop. Retrieved from http://www.stemtosteam.org/archive/nsf-risd-workshop. Heidi A. Olinger is an American social entrepreneur, educator and the author of Fashionably Mashed: The STEM of Fashion Design, hailed by leading educators as “a 21st century learning goldmine.” For teaching excellence, she has been honored by the Boettcher Foundation and others. She is the founder and chief executive of Pretty Brainy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that designs STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) curricula to excite students about learning and to prepare them, especially girls, to pursue the broadest of career options. Her work in STEAM-inspired apparel for girls has won the highest honor from the Mom’s Choice Awards® and was featured in an international design showcase by the World Trade Center in Denver. Olinger has been named as a Woman to Watch, and in 2012 InnovatioNews named Pretty Through Pretty Brainy I design STEAM learning that respects girls as thinkers, problem-solvers and innovators, and continually I am inspired by these words from John Maeda, former president, Rhode Island School of Design. STEAM, he says, “is an education Brainy “An educational leader for STEM education.” 37