Explore Engineering for High School Girls

Coming Up

Nov. 10-11, 2017
Fall Explore Engineering Weekend

“This week was amazing and it really cemented what I want to do in the future.”

Imagine, design and create things that matter!

Explore Engineering is a series of immersive engineering design courses for high school sophomore, junior and senior girls. Weekend events are offered in the spring and fall, and a weeklong pre-college, for-credit course is offered in the summer.

Working in teams with Sweet Briar engineering faculty and undergraduate engineering students, high schoolers work on creative and fun design projects that are perfect for both experienced students and those completely new to engineering. You’ll learn the design process from brainstorming to testing and revising prototypes, experience problem-solving as an engineer, and make your design a reality! Outside of class, you’ll stay in one of our historic residence halls with engineering student mentors, explore the many amenities of our beautiful campus, and get a taste of life as a college student.

Over the past eight years, more than 400 students have attended an Explore Engineering event, designing and building such things as:

  • Computer-controlled smart wearables
  • Automated musical devices
  • Sustainable building materials
  • Automatically refilling pet bowls
  • Electromechanical drawing machines
  • Optical bass guitars

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Fall Explore Engineering Weekend | November 10-11, 2017


Cost is $35 and includes room and board, snacks, supplies and a T-shirt.


Register here by Oct. 1 for highest priority. Space is limited.

Only fully paid event registrations reserve your student’s seat; unpaid registrations are put on a waiting list until payment is received.


Please contact:

Rebecca Girten
P | 434-381-6447
E | rgirten@sbc.edu

Friday, November 10, 2017

Campus Tour
4 p.m.

Event Introduction
5 p.m.

Overnight Stay with Sweet Briar Student Mentors

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Group Work
Work in teams with Sweet Briar professors and students on a hands-on and creative engineering project. No experience needed!
All Day

Project Exhibition
You’ll show your family and friends your design work.
5 p.m.

Past Explore Engineering events have been supported by AREVA and the National Science Foundation — through its S-STEM (award #0850092) and STEP (award # 0525388) programs.