Sweet Briar College EXPLORE Events

Coming Up

July 25–30, 2021
Summer Explore Engineering Design Course

COVID-19 Update

Due to logistical constraints imposed by the pandemic, we have canceled our Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Explore Engineering events.

At this time, we are planning to offer the 2021 summer course in person and on campus as usual. Registration is now open for that event, and you can find more information about it below. In the event a cancellation becomes necessary, registered families will be notified and issued full refunds, including the non-refundable deposit.

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 | July 25–30, 2021

The summer course is offered for college credit.


The $950 course fee includes tuition, room and board, snacks, course supplies and a T-shirt. A non-refundable $200 deposit is due at registration, with the remaining balance due by May 15, 2021.

A limited number of scholarships are available for students interested in participating in the Summer Explore Engineering Design Course but who have significant financial need. Scholarships are awarded at $475. Click here to apply.


Register here by March 1, 2021 for highest priority. Space is limited and registration occurs on a rolling basis until the course fills.

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

Cancellations received before June 1, 2021, will be refunded in full minus the deposit. Cancellations received on or after June 1, 2021, will not be refunded.


Please contact:

Erin Geiersbach
P | 434-381-6357
E | egeiersbach@sbc.edu

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Check In
4 – 5:30 p.m.

Campus Tour
4:30 p.m.

Program Begins
5:30 p.m.

Monday-Thursday, July 26-29, 2021

Classes and Group Work
Tour a local engineering company, interact with successful women engineers, and relax at the campus lake and pool. Main project: Design, build and test your own computer-controlled musical instrument. See an example here.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Course Overview and Project Exhibition (families invited)
You’ll show your family and friends your design work.
10:30 a.m. – Noon

Lunch (families invited)
Noon – 1 p.m.

Check Out
1 – 1:30 p.m.