Springboard is now in its fourth year as a capstone course for seniors. Though each Springboard is quite different in terms of subject material, the goals of each Springboard are the same: to delve deeply into a topic, ask questions and generate knowledge, and create a polished presentation that will be evaluated by a panel of experts. Springboard engages students through field trips, talks with experts, and a wide range of activities and skill development. Based on the principles of Challenge Based Learning, the program encourages students to think critically and identify problems to solve, challenges to face, or projects to develop. Further, not only is this a great opportunity for students to connect with alumni, but it can also be an enriching experience for our volunteers.

Questions regarding the program can be directed to Emily Howley (howleye@mercersburg.edu).

The Springboard options for 2016—2017:

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  • Business of Sport

    Athletics Director Rick Hendrickson and Science teacher Nikki Walker bring the possibilities of sports management to Mercersburg as students learn about this growing field. Students willbe engaged with local sports entities as well as Mercersburg’s ever-growing professional sports network.
  • COMMARTS: The Art and Business of Graphic Design

    Students will learn skills in design of 2-D and interactive media as well as the business aspects of working as a commercial artist.
  • Entrepreneurship

    English teacher Todd McGuire teams up with Economics and History teacher Nate Jacklin ’96 to lead students through the process of making a business plan. Students must pitch their finished business plans to a panel of local business experts.
  • Education Across Borders

    English teacher Katherine Dyson will explore the issue of education through her recent work with SOLA in Kabul, Afghanistan, and local educational connections right here in Mercersburg. Students will navigate how and why borders develop in access to education ultimately with the challenge to develop a response to an existing barrier.

Previous Offerings

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  • 3D Computer Graphics

    Team taught by Dr. Amy Kelley and Outdoor Education Director Pete Gunkelman, this course challenges students to see their world differently through the intersection of math and 3-D modeling. Students create objects using Maya, a CG industry software enabling exploration of special effects, animation, and 3-D printing.
  • Performance as a Creative Collaboration

    Theatre Director Laurie Mufson inspires students to explore modern theatre techniques and then create their own theatrical production. Students are involved with every step of the production process from writing the script and lighting to casting and directing.
  • The Human Footprint

    Biology teacher Franklin Bell and history teacher Brett Potash team up to engage students in the environmental and conservation issues from the Conococheague to the Chesapeake.

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  • Global Food Chain

    History teacher Emily Howley uses food to understand the local and global issues. Through local field experiences and talks with experts, students gain a deep appreciation for their food and its connection to modern life. Students identify a food challenge and work to solve it locally.
  • Maker’s Lab

    Physics teacher Dave Holzwarth ’78 has brought the Maker Movement to Mercersburg as
    he guides students through the innovative process of turning an idea in the mind into a reality made by the hands. Each student will make a product of their own design according to a challenge or a need that they identify.
  • Parallel Histories

    English teacher John David Bennett will explore the Mercersburg Academy archives in an effort to uncover, explore, and tell the stories that risk being forgotten.
  • Rapid Application Development

    Dr. Marcus Jaiclin will challenge students to write programs or create mobile apps that solve problems right here on campus. Students will learn by doing as they master programming languages and identify real obstacles on campus and beyond.
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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 440 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $6 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance to New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg PA 17236