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Sweet Briar College EXPLORE Events

Coming Up

July 29 – August 3, 2018
Summer Explore Engineering Design Course

Oct. 26-27, 2018
Fall Explore Engineering Weekend

March 22-23, 2019
Spring Explore Engineering Weekend

Sweet Briar College’s EXPLORE is a series of immersive pre-college, residential events for high school sophomore, junior and senior girls. Weekend events for various disciplines are offered in the fall and spring, and a weeklong for-credit engineering course is offered in the summer.

The EXPLORE series offers high school girls opportunities to investigate different fields of study in a small-class setting. Working in teams with Sweet Briar faculty and undergraduate students, high-schoolers work on creative and fun projects — whether they’re collecting carbon storage data from the forests on our campus or designing and building a wearable electronic device in one of our engineering labs. No prior experience or knowledge is required — it’s a chance to EXPLORE!

Outside of class, you’ll stay in one of our historic residence halls with Sweet Briar student mentors, experience the amenities on our beautiful campus, and get a taste of life as a college student.

Upcoming EXPLORE events include:


Summer Explore Engineering Design Course for High School Girls

July 29 – August 3, 2018

Summer Explore Engineering Design Course for High School GirlsSummer Explore Engineering Design Course attendees work in teams with Sweet Briar professors and students to brainstorm, design and bring to life a fun, creative project that has real-world significance. Recent design projects include computer-controlled smart wearables, sustainable building materials, an automatically refilling pet bowl, and an electromechanical drawing machine. This weeklong for-credit course is hands-on and ideal for both experienced students and those new to engineering.

This event is open to high school girls in their sophomore, junior and senior years.

Click here to view photos from the summer 2017 event.


Explore Engineering Weekend for High School Girls

Oct. 26-27, 2018
March 22-23, 2019

Explore Engineering Weekend for High School GirlsWorking 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!

These events are open to high school girls in their sophomore, junior and senior years.

Click here to view photos from the spring 2018 event.


Visit each event’s page for more details or to register.