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Sweet Briar College EXPLORE Events

Coming Up

March 23-24, 2018
Explore the Arts Weekend

March 30-31, 2018
Explore Engineering Weekend

April 6-7, 2018
Explore Chemistry Weekend

April 6-7, 2018
Explore History Weekend

April 13-14, 2018
Explore Engineering and Computer Science Weekend

April 20-21, 2018
Explore Environmental Science Weekend

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

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:


Explore the Arts Weekend for High School Girls

March 23-24, 2018

Are you captivated by poems, paintings or photographs? Do you like dancing, acting or making music? Are you one of those interesting hybrids who is drawn to many artistic forms and genres? Are you happiest when you are actively creating — a dance, a song, a story, a drawing, a role for the stage — and in the company of other young artists?

At Sweet Briar, we believe that artists have much to learn from one another. While every discipline has its own techniques and skills, its own traditions and history, the conversation between artists is a richly rewarding one, and we invite you to take part in that exchange.

At Sweet Briar’s Explore the Arts weekend, you’ll join other young artists and take masterclasses in your discipline of choice — creative writing, theatre, dance, music, visual arts and arts management — taught by professors who are successful practicing artists in their fields. As a group, no matter your discipline, you’ll contemplate the weekend’s theme — which we’ll announce when you get here! Then, at the end of the day on Saturday, you’ll get to swap hats and join an elective class in another discipline, just to make sure you go home with your imagination firing on all cylinders.

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


Explore Chemistry Weekend for High School Girls

April 6-7, 2018

Explore Chemistry WeekendEver 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.

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


Explore History Weekend for High School Girls

April 6-7, 2018

History is all around us in this part of Virginia. Take advantage of that at Sweet Briar’s Explore History Weekend where you will learn about history using a variety of hands-on learning experiences.

Spend a weekend on our beautiful campus and work with original sources and artifacts to learn about life on a southern plantation after the Civil War. Go behind the scenes at a rare books archive and a historical museum and experience historical techniques of manufacturing.

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


Explore Engineering and Computer Science Weekend for High School Girls

April 13-14, 2018

Explore Engineering and Computer Science WeekendSweet Briar’s Explore Engineering and Computer Science Weekend allows high school girls to engage in hands-on learning experiences that combine programming, design, engineering and teamwork.

You will work in teams with the College’s engineering and computer science faculty as well as undergraduate students. During the weekend, you will explore the intersection of computer science and engineering to build creative and fun projects.

No matter what level of experience you have in either or both disciplines — even if you’re just getting started — this weekend is perfect for you.

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


Explore Engineering Weekend for High School Girls

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!

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


Explore Environmental Science Weekend for High School Girls

April 20-21, 2018

Explore Environmental Science Weekend for High School GirlsParticipants in the fall 2016 Explore program collect data on tree measurements to calculate carbon storage.[/caption]

Do 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!

Celebrate Earth Day outside and discover what it’s like to work as an environmental scientist by joining us April 20-21, 2018, 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. You’ll stay in one of our historic residence halls with environmental science student mentors, explore our beautiful campus, and get a taste of life as a college student.

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.