This summer’s immersive Explore Engineering program merged technology, science and music as high school girls teamed up to create their own computer-controlled musical instrument.
Throughout the week-long program, participating students met Sweet Briar engineering and arts faculty, got a taste of their college courses, toured a local manufacturing company and interacted with successful women engineers and Sweet Briar alumnae. They also explored campus on nature hikes, bonded over game and movie nights and enjoyed a cookout at the Boathouse, swimming in the lake and stargazing.
The high schoolers experienced courses on design, music, mechatronics and Arduino programming. They dove into hands-on activities like using shop tools to make a Ukulele, learning how to shape memory alloy, creating in Inventor and using a 3D printer and laser cutter. The week culminated with the students presenting their computer-controlled musical instruments to their families and Sweet Briar faculty.