p.s. Thankyou Mrs. Jo for taking these awsome pictures.

Project VENTURA is a 10th grade engineering project at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. The project is centered on the restoration and conversion of a 1977, 32-foot Airstream trailer into an “eco-trailer”. Teams of 3-4 students were given a budget of $6000 with which they must come up with a design that includes […]


Maybe a better question is, “What is the purpose of school?” We are very fortunate at Ann Richards School to have a clear mission statement that anchors all our choices: The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders dedicates itself to prepare young women to attend and graduate from college, commit to a healthy and […]


A MakerSpace is a shared space for people to create.  We have the blessing of sharing our future MakerSpace with about 700 teenage girls, as well as our larger community.  This widespread usage has great potential for innovation…as well as for chaos and disorganization.  A few photos from our future space as it is right […]


Hello World!  My name is Ella Miesner (known as Ms. Miesner to the lovely ladies of Ann Richards) and Ms. Jo has graciously invited me to jump on her blog to help record the next phase of the life of Project VENTURA. Project VENTURA Phase 1 trailer and Phase 2 trailer both were beautifully crafted […]

Full Interior

Howdy for the final time, AdVENTURAers! Our project is officially over–we presented to our parents, teachers, friends, and family. It seems crazy in every way that The Whale is complete and beautiful, with only a few minor glitches and a few finishing touches needed. We have spent a year alongside this trailer, so it feels […]

Hello all! Honestly, we’re not doing anything to exciting except for write. We write our drafts, we write our final drafts. We are doing nothing but writing. It’s quite… boring. Not in the this is so fun expressing my feelings and what not. Because that is not how we are writing at all. We are doing […]

Ms. Jo made us these cool Project Ventura shirts and we got a cake for the party.

Hello for the final time Project Ventura followers! Yep, you heard (or read) me correctly that this is the final and last blog entry that I will be posting for the year. Don’t worry its not because zombies came down and eat our entire class making it to where we can’t finish the amazing airstream. […]

VENTURA shirt! Each girl's shirt was different!

“Why are you late with your blog, Maya?” you ask. I’m not! Woot! Instead of writing about practicing speeches, how we played games for half of our last POE class, and how Ms. Jo worked all of Friday putting even more finishing touches on the Whale, I get to tell you all about how our […]


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