Sweet Briar’s first-ever Explore Environmental Science Weekend to give high school girls hands-on experience

After eight years of successful fall and spring Explore Engineering Weekends, Sweet Briar College will host its first Explore Environmental Science Weekend for High School Girls Oct. 7-8, 2016.

explore-environmental-science-weekend-for-high-school-girlsStudents will collect, analyze and share data from the forests and streams of Sweet Briar’s 3,250-acre campus as they investigate an environmental challenge. The specific focus of this first event is the carbon cycle. Participants will learn about field methods and geospatial technologies to address their research questions.

Registration deadline is Sept. 23.

“Fortunately for the planet, students who care about the environment and creating lasting change are drawn to the study of environmental science,” said Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Melanie Stine. “This special research weekend is a chance for high school girls to get an authentic glimpse into the field.”

The Explore Environmental Science Weekend was created to foster the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed in all programs in the liberal arts and sciences.

An optional campus tour will kick off activities at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by dinner and a program introduction. Students will spend all day Saturday working in the field as a group. The program will conclude on Saturday evening with dinner for students and their parents. The dinner will include speakers who will share their experience working in the environmental field.

Space is limited to 16 participants. Meals, snacks, overnight accommodations and supplies are included in the $35 tuition for the weekend. For more information and to register, please visit the program’s website or contact Stine at mstine@sbc.edu or (434) 381-6509.