Summer Engineering Course Offers College Credit for High School Women

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Sweet Briar College’s Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program invites rising junior and senior high school women to apply for a weeklong residential course to introduce them to the field of engineering while earning one college credit hour.

Sweet Briar’s Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program offers significant merit- and need-based academic scholarships for qualified students, including awards of $10,000 per year for four years supported by the National Science Foundation.

Sweet Briar College’s Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program invites rising junior and senior high school women to apply for a weeklong residential course to introduce them to the field of engineering while earning one college credit hour. The course will be held on the College’s campus from Sunday, July 25 to Friday, July 30. Meals and lodging are provided.

The cost to attend is $450 including a $100 deposit due by July 1 with the application. An online application can be found at http://www.engineering.sbc.edu. Need-based scholarships to cover the cost of attendance are available. Please visit the website for an application.

In addition to the coursework, participants will share meals and hold discussions with current SBC engineering students, faculty and successful women engineers. Classroom and lab work will explore aspects of engineering design with an emphasis on hands-on assignments.

Students will work in groups to design and build a robot that makes music. The project will require students to use computer software to control motion, light and sound, and to incorporate mechanical and electrical engineering — along with plenty of imagination.

Participants also will explore the machine shop, aerodynamic efficiency and robotics research labs, and hear from SBC student and faculty researchers about their ongoing work.

The students’ families are invited to a culminating project exhibition and robot music performance on Friday, to be followed by a luncheon with SBC faculty before departing for home.

Engineering is a field where practitioners use not just their skills but their imaginations to create solutions that make the world a better place. In fact, engineers save more lives than doctors. SBC’s summer course is an opportunity to “try on” both the engineering field and Sweet Briar’s program — and earn a college credit at the same time.
SBC engineering is one of two degree-granting programs in the country at an all-women’s college. The small classes and tight-knit science community offer a supportive but rigorous academic environment.

The College offers significant merit- and need-based academic scholarships for qualified engineering students, including awards of $10,000 per year for four years supported by the National Science Foundation.

Visit http://www.engineering.sbc.edu for more information about the program. Click on the link for the summer engineering design course for registration and scholarship information, or contact Hank Yochum, engineering program director, at hyochum(at)sbc(dot)edu or (434) 381-6357.

Sweet Briar College is a nationally recognized all-women’s liberal arts and sciences college near Lynchburg, Va. Information is available at http://www.sbc.edu.

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