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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

  • January 20 
  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 21
  • May 19

Course Descriptions | January 20

Registration open soon. 

JAN - 101 | The Art and Science of Snowflakes | Grades K-1

Snowflakes fall from the winter clouds with a fascinating variety of shapes and patterns. These cloud crystals display that characteristic six-fold symmetry we are all familiar with leaving the lacy pattern as a souvenir. From Wilson Bentley to Jack Frost, join us as we discover this science that is a work of art. Bundle up and get ready for a blizzard!

JAN - 102 | It's a Balancing Act | Grades 2-3

Think of all the times you use your body to try to balance. Maybe on one foot, upside-down, or on your two hands? Join us as we think like engineers who design structures and products where balance is an important concept.  We will investigate balance such as form, the center of mass, potential and kinetic energy and levers as we engineer and create balanced mobiles inspired by artists such as Alexander Calder.

JAN - 103 | Under the Microscope | Grades 4-6

It’s time to take a new look at life! Come view organisms from a different perspective as we venture into an amazing microscopic world. Join us as we learn the proper methods to operate microscopes; how to prepare dry and wet mounts; how to record accurate observations; and to take a peek at a minute world you never knew existed. You won’t believe what your eyes can’t see that under the microscope, it’s a small, small world!

JAN - 104 | Tools Over Rules: Creative Non-Fiction | Grades 4-12

Standardized testing often turns non-fiction writing into a formulaic, dull chore. Yet essay writing can be creative and fun. This course will give you tools to find topics, and then focus, develop, draft, and revise them. Instead of being a voiceless drone, you will find your own writing voice again. Too often we make writing about following the teacher's rules. This course will teach you to focus instead on flexible tools the way real writers do. Taught by the author of Writing Extraordinary Essays and Teaching Students to Make Writing Visual and Vivid, this course will help you find the fun in real writing again.

JAN - 105 | In the Eye of the Beholder | Grades 7-12

Follow light on its journey through the eye and learn how your own eye forms images of the world around you. Did you know that everyone has a hole in their hands, and you actually see upside down? Join us as we study the complexities of the human eye while finding out how this sensory organ allows us to see. Participate in or observe the dissection of a cow's eye, focusing on identifying the parts of the eye and their function in vision and gain a deeper understanding of the human eye. Hindsight is 20/20.