Jump-Start Your Imagination
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 immersion into the essentials of Making in the 21st century. Mercersburg Summer’s 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 their own idea 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.
June 19-23, 2022
Ages 10-15, coed
Commuter Early-Bird: $500
Residential Early-Bird: $600
Commuter After 3/1/22: $575
Residential After 3/1/22: $675
Meet the Director
Dave Holzwarth launched Mercersburg’s STEAM Camp in the summer of 2016, inspired by the school’s Design, Engineering, and Fabrication curriculum in science and math. He enjoys orienting campers to the studio, lab, and field learning environments while building the skills that will serve their STEAM skills when they return to their prospective schools. Many of the STEAM Camp activities are the “points of discovery” throughout Dave’s life that contributed mightily to his interests in the arts, music, and engineering.
Dave graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1978 and began teaching at the school in 1990. He has applied his background in mechanical engineering to the physics classroom, has developed a lab-based course curriculum for Mercersburg’s physics courses, and has worked to incorporate astronomy into the classroom. He designed the school’s Class of ’38 Observatory and developed a Maker’s Lab program to bring design engineering and fabrication principles to the senior capstone Springboard program.
Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in math and studio art from Wesleyan University. He has coached football and track & field at Mercersburg and established a varsity ski team. Dave is a USSA Alpine coach and certified referee. He continues to train and compete in track as a USTFA Masters athlete.
What to Expect
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 Maker’s 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.
A Day at Camp
No two days are alike, but a typical day at STEAM Camp looks like this: