Explore Engineering at Sweet Briar is taking applications for summer 2016

For one week each summer, high school women from across the country gather at Sweet Briar College — one of just two women’s colleges in the country to offer an ABET-accredited engineering degree — to design and build creative engineering projects, and to learn from the experts what working in the field is really like. Registration is now open for this year’s Explore Engineering Design Course, which takes place July 24-29.

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Explore Engineering students work on a project during the summer 2012 event.

Sponsored by AREVA, the summer camp is geared toward rising high school seniors and juniors interested in the field of engineering. No experience is needed. Sweet Briar faculty and engineering majors will teach participants all relevant skills, such as brainstorming and prototyping; circuits, sensor and motor basics; machine shop and hand-tool basics; Arduino programming basics; and how to work effectively as a team.

Throughout the week, students collaborate on engineering projects and solve problems creatively in a team setting. Highlights this year include designing, building and testing smart clothing, and engineering novel building materials. At the end of the week, participants will demonstrate the results of their hard work at a special exhibition.

Explore Engineering participants are housed in residence halls with Sweet Briar students and have the chance to experience the College’s 3,250-acre campus through various indoor and outdoor activities, such as swimming in the lake or pool. They’ll also tour a local engineering company and interact with successful women engineers in the area, including Sweet Briar College graduates. An optional campus walking tour will be offered at the end of the program.

Registration deadline is June 1. Priority will be given to applications received by May 1. A $100 deposit is due with registration. Total participant cost is $700, which includes all meals, lodging, supplies and tuition (due July 1). A limited number of need-based, half-tuition scholarships are available.

Interested students are encouraged to visit our website to see Explore Engineering participants talking about why they love the program. To register, click here. For more information, contact Hank Yochum, director of the Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program, at (434) 381-6357 or hyochum@sbc.edu.