Explore Engineering for High School Girls

Coming Up

Oct. 7-8, 2022
Fall Explore Engineering

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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 girls in grades 9-12. 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!

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
Fall Explore Engineering | Oct. 7-8


Participation is free, but advanced registration is required as space is limited.


Please register here. Space is limited and registration occurs on a rolling basis until the course fills.


Please contact:

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


Friday, October 7, 2022

Check In
3:30 – 5 p.m.

Campus Tour
4 p.m.

Program Begins
5:15 p.m.

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Courses and Group Work
Take classes, interact with current students, and relax in the dorms. Main project: Design, build and test your own mechatronic Halloween decorations. See an example here.

Course Overview and Project Exhibition
You’ll show your family and friends your design work.
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 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.