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.