Senior Capstone Classes Experience Trips, Work on Projects
Members of Mercersburg’s senior class spent the day October 24 focused on their capstone work—either by spending the day off campus to meet professionals in the fields they are studying, or utilizing dedicated time to work on their projects.
Students in Mercersburg’s Advanced Program for Global Studies (MAPS) were busy with an “in-house” research day in the library. “They focused on their SEARCH topics, providing updates, fielding questions, and engaging in reflective sessions,” said Peter Kempe, director of MAPS.
Some Springboard classes spent time off campus for field trips, while others remained on campus for focused work.
“The students took advantage of one of three opportunities during the capstone field trip day: they have an extended period of time to focus on their individual exploration of their topics, or they meet with professionals in the fields they’re delving into, or they have a day-long immersion that will deepen their knowledge or even shift their perspective,” said John David Bennett, dean of curricular innovation and director of Springboard. “Whatever they do, all students will hopefully finish the day looking at their coming work with brighter, newly refreshed eyes.”
Commarts students (taught by Kristen Pixler) had an intra-class mural battle on the Quad; Maker’s Lab students (led by Andy Brown and Franklin Bell) had the day to work in the Maker’s Lab in the Burgin Center for the Arts; and Rapid Application Development students (taught by Brown) spent the day in the lab to working on projects.
The Entrepreneurship class (led by Todd McGuire) went to Washington, D.C., for the day to work with a number of Mercersburg alumni entrepreneurs, including Michaella Hoehn-Saric ’13, Lacy Rice ’79, and Alec Harris ’00; Fight Against Disease (taught by Eric Hicks) visited the Chambersburg Hospital; Parallel Histories (led by Doug Smith) participated in an off-site writing retreat to work on projects about racial integration in 1964 and Calvin Coolidge’s long relationship with Mercersburg Academy; Write Your Novel (taught by Bennett) students attended a writing retreat near Frederick, Md.; and Positive Psychology (taught by Brett Potash) visited the Shambhala Meditation Center in Washington, D.C.