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Sweet Briar College EXPLORE EventsSweet 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:


Explore Archaeology Weekend for High School Girls

October 6-7, 2017

Explore Archaeology Weekend for High School GirlsHow does an archaeologist locate sites to excavate? How do architectural historians date a building? How do public historians share information about the lives of people in the past? Social scientists use a variety of techniques to uncover clues about the past from artifacts, archives and ruins. Join us for a weekend to explore an historic 19th- and 20th-century landscape, part of Sweet Briar’s 3,250 acres of farmland, rivers and hills. We will gather evidence about the African, Native and European-American residents of Sweet Briar with an anthropological archaeologist. You’ll spend time studying architectural styles, photographing archaeological sites, mapping features and analyzing an antebellum landscape. This event is open to high school girls in their sophomore, junior and senior years.


Explore Chemistry Weekend for High School Girls

September 22-23, 2017 (Sold out!) | October 13-14, 2017 (Sold out!)

Explore Chemistry Weekend for High School GirlsEver wondered what makes your environment tick? Chemists use a variety of tools to explore and uncover the mysteries of our world — analysis of plant material, soil samples and animal tissue allows us to better understand our environment, develop new drugs and monitor pollution. Join us this fall for an introduction to chemistry through one of two hands-on projects with a Sweet Briar chemistry professor. You’ll spend time collecting samples from the campus environment, extracting the chemical components and analyzing them with state-of-the-art instrumentation. These events are for high school girls in their sophomore, junior and senior years.


Explore Engineering Weekend for High School Girls

November 10-11, 2017 | March 30-31, 2018

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 for high school girls in their sophomore, junior and senior years.


Explore Environmental Science Weekend for High School Girls

October 13-14, 2017

Explore Environmental Science Weekend for High School GirlsDo you like to wade in streams, program computers, observe animals, grow vegetables, collect minerals or fly drones? If you answered yes to any one of these, you may be a budding environmental scientist! Discover what it’s like to work as an environmental scientist by joining us for a weekend of hands-on learning and problem solving. You’ll spend time in the forests and streams on Sweet Briar’s expansive campus, collaborating with Sweet Briar environmental science professors and students to collect and analyze data relevant to a contemporary environmental challenge. This event is open to high school girls in their sophomore, junior and senior years.


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.


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