Explore Engineering for High School Women

Explore Engineering events are a series of weekend and residential summer engineering design courses for high school women, supported by our sponsor AREVA Inc.

Our events are built around hands-on, team-based design projects that emphasize creativity. No engineering experience is needed to attend. 

We have now completed 7 years of Explore events! More than 300 high school women have attended one or more of our events.

Students have fun while working with engineering faculty and students. These events are a great way to see what engineering is all about — and to experience campus life at Sweet Briar. During each camp, students stay with college mentors.

What do participants like most about Explore Engineering?

  • “Making friends and having people be interested in the same things as me.”
  • “Coming up with creative plans/ideas.”
  • “I really enjoyed the staff and other campers. We all had a great time getting to know each other with our late night chats. SBC students helped to answer a lot of my questions about the school.”
  • “This week was amazing and it really cemented what I want to do in the future.”

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Upcoming Events

Spring 2016 Explore Engineering Weekend
March 25-26, 2016
> Event registration
> Event flyer
This event is currently full, with a waiting list.

Summer 2016 Explore Engineering Design weeklong course
July 24-29, 2016
> Event registration
> Event flyer

Questions? Contact Hank Yochum at (434) 381-6357 or hyochum

Recent Events

  • Fall 2015 Explore Engineering Weekend
    Supported by AREVA Inc.
    October 16-17, 2015
    Event flyer

  • Summer 2014 Exploring Engineering Design
    Supported by AREVA Inc.
    July 20-25, 2014

  • Spring 2014 Explore Engineering Weekend
    Program title sponsor is AREVA Inc.
    March 28-29, 2014
    Projects —Engineering design and the useless (but fun) machine

Explore Engineering events are supported by AREVA Inc.  Explore Engineering events have also been previously supported by the National Science Foundation through the S-STEM program (award #0850092). Explore events have also been supported by the National Science Foundation through the STEP program (award # 0525388).