Explore Engineering for High School Girls

Coming Up

October 25-26, 2019
Explore Engineering Weekend

March 27-28, 2020
Explore Engineering Weekend

July 19-24, 2020
Summer Explore Engineering Design Course


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“This week was amazing and it really cemented what I want to do in the future.”

Imagine, design and create things that matter!

Explore Engineering is a series of immersive engineering design courses for high school sophomore, junior and senior girls. Weekend events are offered in the spring and fall, and a weeklong pre-college, for-credit course is offered in the summer.

Working 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! Outside of class, you’ll stay in one of our historic residence halls with engineering student mentors, explore the many amenities of our beautiful campus, and get a taste of life as a college student.

Over the past 10 years, more than 500 students have attended an Explore Engineering event, designing and building such things as:

  • Computer-controlled smart wearables
  • Automated musical devices
  • Sustainable building materials
  • Automatically refilling pet bowls
  • Electromechanical drawing machines
  • Optical bass guitars

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Fall Explore Engineering Weekend | October 25-26, 2019

Cost

Cost is $65 and includes room and board, snacks, supplies and a T-shirt.

Registration

Register here. Space is limited. Registration occurs on a rolling basis until the course fills.

Cancellations received before October 1, 2019 will be refunded in full. Cancellations received on or after October 1, 2019 will not be refunded.

Questions

Rebecca Girten
P | 434-381-6447
E | rgirten@sbc.edu

Schedule

Friday, October 25, 2019

Campus Tour
Optional
4 p.m.

Dinner
Event Introduction
5 p.m.

Overnight Stay with Sweet Briar Student Mentors

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Group Work
Work in teams with Sweet Briar professors and students to create a computer-controlled, interactive, Halloween-themed device. No experience needed!
All Day

Project Exhibition
You’ll show your family and friends your work.
5 p.m.

Spring Explore Engineering Weekend | March 27-28, 2020

Cost

Cost is $65 and includes room and board, snacks, supplies and a T-shirt.

Registration

Register here by February 15 for highest priority. Space is limited. Registration occurs on a rolling basis until the event fills.

Cancellations received before February 25, 2020 will be refunded in full. Cancellations received on or after February 25, 2020 will not be refunded.

Questions

Rebecca Girten
P | 434-381-6447
E | rgirten@sbc.edu

Schedule

Friday, March 27, 2020

Campus Tour
Optional
4 p.m.

Dinner
Event Introduction
5 p.m.

Overnight Stay with Sweet Briar Student Mentors

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Group Work
Work in teams with Sweet Briar professors and students on a creative, hands-on design project. No experience needed!
All Day

Project Exhibition
You’ll show your family and friends your work.
5 p.m.

Summer Explore Engineering Design Course | July 19–24, 2020

July 19–24, 2020

The summer course is offered for college credit.

Cost

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, 2020.

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.

Registration

Register here by March 1 for highest priority. Space is limited. 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, 2020, will be refunded in full minus the deposit. Cancellations received on or after June 1, 2020, will not be refunded.

Questions

Rebecca Girten
P | 434-381-6447
E | rgirten@sbc.edu

Schedule

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Check In
4 – 5:30 p.m.

Campus Tour
Optional
4:30 p.m.

Dinner
Program Begins
5:30 p.m.

Monday-Thursday, July 20-23, 2020

Classes and Group Work
Tour a local engineering company; interact with successful women engineers; relax at the campus lake and pool
Main project: Design, build and test your own smart clothing device. See an example here.

Friday, July 24, 2020

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.


Past Explore Engineering events have been supported by AREVA and the National Science Foundation — through its S-STEM (award #0850092) and STEP (award # 0525388) programs.


Additional Explore Events

Sweet Briar College EXPLORE EventsSweet 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!

Click here to learn more.