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HATS Program Spring Courses

Spring Semester 2018

The HATS Program offers academic enrichment classes once a month on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Course offerings vary from month to month. All classes are held on the DeLand campus in Sage Hall. Tuition is $45 per class.

Spring Semester Dates

  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 21
  • May 19

Course Descriptions | February 24

February Registration Form

FEB -101 | What’s the Matter? | Grades K-1

Get ready for a massive amount of fun as we investigate the mysteries of matter. Matter can exist in several distinct forms, which we call phases. We will explore solids, liquids, gases, and plasma. It’s only a matter of time before we learn all about the different phases and changes of matter. Join us as we take matters into our own hands!

FEB -102 | Winter Olympic Games | Grades 2-3

Go for the Gold like an Olympic athlete! Investigate world geography, ancient Greek history, and the meaning behind symbols of the Olympics. We may not be able to ski jump or snowboard, but we will host our own version of the Winter Olympics right here in DeLand where students will create and participate in individual and team challenges! Will you end up at the top of the podium? Join us for the challenge, and leave a champion!

FEB -103 | Cursive and Script Penmanship: A New Way to Communicate | Grades 4-6

In this crazy, fast paced, tech-based world in which we live, thoughts have become expressions of mere tweets, texts, emails, Snapchats, and Instagrams. Approaching extinction is the centuries-old art form of handwritten letters penned in script and cursive characters. Today’s modern methods of communicating may be most efficient, but they are fleeting. Handwritten words force us to take pause, to elegantly express our inner most feelings to others, and to extend the shelf life of our thoughts for eternity. In other words, script and cursive writing is a skill students cherish but rarely have the opportunity to learn – until today! Join us on our Valentine’s Day journey as we learn how to pen your words and letters in script and cursive to yourself, a friend, or maybe to someone you love. Come pen a letter, a poem, or simply a kind thought to a cherished friend in the beautiful written language from days of yore.

FEB - 104 | Creating Characters – Flash Fiction | Grades 4-12

We think we read fiction for the stories. Yet, what if we only care about the story because we love the characters? This flash fiction course looks at what it takes to create fully-realized fictional characters from the ground up - not only what they look like, but how they speak, what motivates them, and the contradictions and inner conflicts that make them seem real. You will invent original characters, learn how to introduce them into a story, and explore possible character arcs from which they can set off. You should be ready to write a short story or even the great American novel when you leave!

FEB - 105 | Shakespeare and Love | Grades 5-10

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore, is wing’d Cupid painted blind." This quote is found in Act 1, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet may be the most famous romantic couple in the world, but Shakespeare also introduced us to many others. Join us to explore Shakespeare's ephemeral emotion in his sonnets, other famous couples created by the Bard, and the language of love as penned by England's most famous poet and playwright.

FEB - 106 | Heart Anatomy and Function | Grades 7-12

Do you give your friends valentines and little heart-shaped candies on Valentine's Day? Have you ever crossed your heart when making a promise that you really mean? Or turn on the radio to hear someone singing about a broken heart? We see and hear about hearts everywhere. A long time ago, people even thought that their emotions came from their hearts, maybe because the heart beats faster when a person is scared or excited. We know now that emotions come from the brain, and in this case, the brain tells the heart to speed up. So, join us as we investigate the structure of the heart and how it relates to cardiac function. Let's find out as we dive deep into the chambers and discover the anatomy and physiology of the heart through dissection. We will guarantee not to skip a beat!

FEB - 107 | Russian Language Experience: Russia in the World | Grades 8-12

Why is Russia everywhere in the news these days? Come learn the Russian alphabet, and join us as we map out Russia's influence in the world today. You'll learn about why and how Russia meddles in elections, what Putin is up to in Syria, and what the Olympics debacle is all about. Understand Russia, and you'll understand the world. This first part of three scheduled monthly sessions includes an intensive Russian language workshop with take-home materials, a Russian cookie break, and a project-based on current events.

Course Descriptions | March 24

March Registration Form

MAR - 101 | Life Cycles | Grades K-1

Plants, insects and bugs, oh my! Come join us as we make science and learning fun. Ever wonder what changes a caterpillar goes through on its way to becoming a butterfly? How about the transformation of a tadpole to a frog? We’ll explore different life cycles in nature, including plants, butterflies, frogs and more! This fascinating class will morph inquiring young minds and engage them with hands-on activities. You don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to learn more about life cycles in nature. A transformation awaits you!

MAR - 102 | Easter Egg Engineers | Grades 2-3

Easter is right around the corner. Let’s get creative and stimulate critical thinking and innovation as we problem solve our way through this fun challenge. Students will experience the engineering design process while applying concepts of projectile motion, accuracy and precision. Do you have what it takes to become an Easter Egg Engineer?

MAR - 103 | Thinking Geometrically | Grades 4-6

An Introduction to Geometry & Real-World Application:
In our world of apparent abstractions lies the challenge of identifying patterns and properties of planes and solids. Join us as we venture into Euclidean geometry. Learn how to recognize and evaluate: patterns, transformations, congruence, similarities and differences. Explore the reality of the infinite vs. finite. Traverse the dimensions of plane and solid figures. Graph or draft these shapes with extreme accuracy. Your experience will be immeasurable!

MAR - 104 | Cartoon Studio - Creating Characters | Grades 4-12

The key to great comic strips, comic books, or animations is having great characters that audiences will care about. This course will explore both the writing and drawing of comic characters. You'll learn about how to give your characters motivations; personalities; quirks; and the principles of design involved in making them come alive on the page. When you leave, you'll have a cast of characters who are ready to take over the comics pages or the movie screen!

MAR - 105 | Shakespeare Surprises | Grades 5-9

Did you know that William Shakespeare is the best-selling fiction author of all time? With 4 billion copies of his works sold, there should be no surprises left to discover about this literary master, but there are. Join us to explore the unconventional and startling elements in these Shakespeare's comedies: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, As You Like it, and The Taming of the Shrew. Then you can surprise your friends and family with your knowledge of this great playwright.

MAR - 106 | Living in a Plastic World- Understanding Plastic Pollution | Grades 7-12

Have you ever drank out of a plastic water bottle?Do you eat with a plastic fork or spoon? Have you ever thought what the world would be like if plastic disappeared from products? What would we be left with? We can all agree that plastic is a product that was produced to make our lives a little easier, but what are the environmental impacts of plastic?In this course, we will explore how a variety of plastic based products were created and what ingredients were utilized; how plastic-based products negatively impact the environment and a variety of species; and learn about what can be done to help reduce plastic pollution. We will use hands-on labs and scientific equipment to investigate the impacts of microplastics and microfibers on marine environments.

MAR - 107 | Russian Language Experience: Russia in Space | Grades 8-12

Guess who conquered the cosmos first? That's right, the Soviet Union. Come learn a few phrases related to the Space Race and explore how the Cold War led to sputniks, Cosmo dogs, and Russian language programs across the US. You'll even understand the importance of the International Space Station today—and why every Russian city has a Gagarin Street! The session includes an intensive Russian language workshop and take-home materials for extended learning.

Course Descriptions | April 21

April Registration Form

APR - 101 | Let’s Get Energized! | Grades K-1

Energy is all around us and we use it every day. Energy is matter in motion.Energy is the ability to do work. Energy comes in many forms. MELTS which stand for mechanical, electrical, light, thermal and sound are all forms of energy.Join us and become an engineering detective as we explore how different objects, nature, and even you use or produce these forms of energy.

APR - 102 | Blowin’ in the Wind | Grades 2-3

How do we solve the modern energy crisis? Come celebrate Earth Day with us and discover that the answer may be blowin’ in the wind! Students will learn about renewable energy and investigate tools used for measuring and harnessing the wind. Hold onto your hats as we wind up for a windy day!

APR - 103 | Rocks and Minerals | Grades 4-6

Welcome to the mysterious and fascinating world of Geology. Become a true Geologist for a day as you enter a living laboratory of non-living specimens at The Gillespie Museum of Minerals: Stetson’s Earth science museum. The Gillespie hosts a collection of 20,000 mineral, rock, and fossil specimens - one of the oldest and largest in the southeastern United States. Together we will study geological processes, minerals, rock classification and the formation of rocks within the context of the rock cycle. Join us for a rock-solid adventure!

APR - 104 | Ten Minute - One Acts: Write and Perform! | Grades 4-12

Have you ever wanted to write and star in your own play? Here’s your chance! This fast-moving class will teach you the basics of storytelling, developing characters, and playwriting so you can write an original, short one-act play with other students. When the writing is done, you’ll get switched from writing to performing, learning about acting and stagecraft. The class culminates in a performance for parents and family at the end of the morning! Learning has never been more like play!

APR - 105 | Are You a Poet and Don't Know It? | Grades 5-9

A class once met just to rhyme,

With only three hours of time,

They jotted on pages,

Such words for the ages,

Their poetry sweet and sublime.

Let's celebrate National Poetry Month by experimenting with multiple forms of poetry and creating poems of our own. In this class, we will integrate poetry and literature to introduce students to the beautiful simplicity of Haiku, found poems, and concrete poems. We will even take a stroll around campus to find inspiring subjects for our poetic imaginings!

APR - 106 | Leaving Only Footprints | Grades 7-12

Let's make Earth Day every day! Become a junior environmental scientist and learn about protecting some of the local endangered wildlife such as sea turtles and manatees. Our themes for the day will be centered around the acronym EARTH (Endangered Species, Atlantic Ocean, Recycling and Upcycling, Trees, and HATS Earth Day). We will creatively upcycle products, perform science experiments, and even spend time outside exploring the world around us. Earth does not belong to us, we belong to Earth; therefore, we should take only memories and leave only footprints behind. We will have a down to earth good time working together to make this planet better.

APR - 107 | Russian Language Experience: Russia in Food | Grades 8-12

How can you make three Russian dishes from one gallon of milk? Come learn a few phrases related to cooking and eating, and explore the delicious culture of Russian food. You'll make blini (pancakes), with tvorog (a kind of cheese) and honey from Stetson's own beehives. Food is the heart of a culture. The session includes an intensive Russian language workshop, preparing and eating a classic Russian meal, and take-home materials for extended learning.

Course Descriptions | May 19

May Registration Form

MAY - 101 | It’s A Bugs Life! | Grades K-1

Become a junior entomologist as we crawl into the world of bugs! What is an insect and how are they classified?What are the typical behavior patterns of insects?What do insects eat? Join us as we explore the ways insects impact our world.Watch your step; you never know where insects may be lurking!

MAY - 102 | Poetry in Motion! | Grades 2-3

Do you enjoy the rhythm, rhyme, and beat of poetry? Poems are better when read aloud and experienced together, so bring your favorite poem to share, or come discover a new favorite from our collection. We may even find some inspiration to create some poetry on the go!

MAY - 103 | Fun and Games with Tom Sawyer | Grades 4-6

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is a classic children's novel for a reason - it is packed with fun! The children of the mid-1800s did not have electronics to entertain them. Instead, they used their imaginations and limited resources to play and explore. Join us for a morning of 19th-century fun as we bring to life passages from Twain's masterpiece while playing the games of yesteryear. We may even create some new games of our own!

MAY - 104 | Everything Superheroes | Grades 4-12

Superheroes have never been bigger but there is more to them than the latest movie! We'll explore the history of this unique genre, analyze famous examples of these heroic characters and the supernatural powers they possess, their histories, and their TV and big screen incarnations. You will also get the chance to invent and design your own superhero (and his alter-ego) so you can begin to draw your own crime-fighting adventures battling supervillains!

MAY - 105 | Environmental Science: It’s all about STEM | Grades 7-12

Come explore a day of STEM-based environmental science labs and activities as you ignite both your creative and scientific minds! STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on the real-world. These labs will allow you to be exposed to real-life science as you attempt to find solutions to issues that are happening in our environment.