Enrichment and the Arts

Summer STEAM Camp

Camp Details

June 25 – 29, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

Open To
ages 10-13 

Residential: $525
Commuter: $435

Emily Howley
Dave Holzwarth
Mercersburg Summer STEAM Camp takes students to the front lines of the Maker revolution as they learn by doing. Engineering, programming, 3D printing, textiles, and metal fabrication are all featured in this 5-day immersion into the essentials of Making in the 21st century. Mercersburg’s Summer STEAM program will focus on collaborative learning in the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

Students will jump into the creative process by taking an idea from their mind and turning it into a creation made by their hands. Students will be given challenges designed to provoke creative thinking and problem solving. Through the important process of design, development, testing, and troubleshooting, students will learn resilience and self-confidence. By the end of the camp, we want to promote a new growth mindset in our young students, one that sees challenges as opportunities and ideas as potential realities. 

The STEAM program has been designed to give younger students a glimpse into the kinds of work that seniors at Mercersburg Academy complete during the senior capstone Springboard experience. Springboard is Mercersburg’s one-year capstone program that features course options such as Rapid Application Development, 3D Design, The Global Food Chain, Entrepreneurship, and our Makers Lab. Drawing on the ideas of Challenge Based Learning, all students are required to delve into a challenge or project that they define and create. Though on a smaller scale, the Summer STEAM Campers will learn via the same model as Mercersburg’s seniors.

The Staff

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  • Emily Howley, Director

    Emily grew up in Mercersburg; her father, Sonny Parsons ’59, was a Mercersburg graduate and owned and ran a pharmacy in the borough for many years. While in college, Emily worked as a research intern in Washington, D.C., where she became intimately acquainted with the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the National Building Museum. At Mercersburg, Emily teaches history and serves as director of Springboard (a capstone experience for members of the senior class), and also teaches The Global Food Chain (one of several Springboard course offerings).

    Emily holds the Marilyn and Robert M. Kurtz ’52 Chair for American Studies, and received the 2011-2012 Ammerman Distinguished Teaching Award for Religious & Interdisciplinary Studies. She is an adviser to the KARUX yearbook and Voices 4 Justice, and previously organized the school’s Model UN Club. Emily and her family live on campus.
  • Dave Holzwarth, Lead Instructor

    Dave graduated from Mercersburg in 1978 and began teaching at the school in 1990. At Mercersburg, Dave applies his background in mechanical engineering to the physics classroom. In addition to helping develop the lab-based course curriculum of Mercerburg’s physics courses, Dave has also worked to incorporate the study of astronomy into the classroom. He designed the school’s Class of ’38 Observatory, which is equipped with three high-precision telescopes. Dave continues to serve as a computer interface consultant with PASCO Scientific by leading technology workshops for teachers across the country. At Mercersburg, Dave has coached football and track & field, and in 1994, he established a varsity ski team. He is a USSA Alpine coach and certified referee and continues to train and compete in track as a USTFA Masters athlete.

    Dave and his wife, fellow faculty member Allison Stephens, have two children: Wynn Holzwarth ’11 and Zack Holzwarth ’13.

Financial Assistance

Our financial assistance provides students displaying strong desire, high merit, and financial need the opportunity to attend our programs. Download the Financial Assistance Checklist and Application along with your registration. Contact our office if you have any questions via email or phone.

A Day at Camp

 8:00 am:
9:00 am:
Morning Session 1 
10:15 am:
10:30 am:
Morning Session 2 
12:00 pm:
1:00 pm:
3:30 pm:
Afternoon Activities 
6:00 pm:
7:00 pm:
Visiting Artist 
9:00 pm:
Writing Hour 
10:30 pm:
Lights Out
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