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 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.
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 our 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:
Living at Camp
This is overnight camping?
Attendees live in a modern, air-conditioned dormitory with with 2-4 participants per room. Carpeted hallways lead to tiled bathrooms, with showers that have privacy curtains.
Bring your trunk and personal necessities, and you are set for dorm life, Mercersburg style.
Counselors live in adjacent rooms and our open-door policy ensures comfort and safety for every attendee. An emphasis on respect, courtesy, cooperation, and consideration enables campers to live and thrive with others to make dorm life enjoyable for all.
A weekend stayover option is available for the weekends in between sessions for campers who enroll in multiple sessions of camp. The cost of this weekend is $300. The weekend stayover is not an opportunity for participants to arrive early for the program. We prefer that participants arrive on the advertised start date of the program.
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.