Explore Engineering for High School Girls

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October 29–30, 2021
Fall Explore Engineering Overnight

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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

Want to learn more about our events? Check out this recent coverage:


Fall Explore Engineering Overnight | October 29–30, 2021


The fee for this event is $65 and includes room and board, snacks, course supplies and a T-shirt.


Please register here. Space is limited to sixteen participants and 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 October 1, 2021, will be refunded in full. Cancellations received on or after October 1, 2021 will not be refunded.


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

Friday, October 29, 2021

Check In
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Campus Tour
4:00 p.m.

Program Begins
5:15 p.m.

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.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

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

Check Out
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.

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!

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