An Academic Alternative to Saturdays
The High Achieving Talented Students (HATS) Program offers year-round academic enrichment classes. We provide an array of monthly classes on Saturday mornings. We look forward to seeing you!
Fall Semester Dates
- September 13
- October 11
- November 15
- December 6
All classes offered in DeLand are located in Sage Hall. Classes are held from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuition for each class is $50.
Fall 2014 Course Descriptions
SEP-BER Cloudy with a Chance of... | Grades K-1
Have you ever looked up at the sky and wondered: Why do clouds exist? How did they get there? Why are there so many shapes and sizes? Why are clouds sometimes white and sometimes grey? How do they move? Why do they move? Are clouds important or are they simply pretty, fluffy, floating, objects in the sky? Then join us as we explore the sky and provide some answers to your questions. Through scientific discovery and our limitless imaginations, we'll soar above the Earth to explore the phenomenon of clouds! We'll discover the role clouds play in weather, climate and atmospheric conditions. We may discover that clouds can be seen indoors, too. Stratus, cumulus, cirrus and others are about to roll into view!
SEP-101 Johnny Appleseed | Grades 2-3
Come join us as we learn about one of America's fondest legends–Johnny Appleseed! This folk hero's dream was to produce so many apples that no one would ever go hungry. In this class, we'll explore his journey over the river and through the woods as he searched for the perfect planting spot. Johnny Appleseed visited many settlements and even made friends with the Native Americans. Take a trip into this interesting legend of a man who spent more than 50 years walking throughout the countryside on his journey that would forever change history. With lots of hands-on activities, you'll be sure to love this class–especially if you love apples! Grab your satchel and your imagination; we're off for a real adventure!
SEP-102 Electricity | Grades 4-5
Imagine a world without lights, TVs, iPads, phones, batteries, engines, hair dryers, microwave ovens, radios, cars, laptops, refrigerators or any other device powered by electricity. What would your life be like? Could you survive? Would you miss electricity if it ceased to exist? Of course you would! Most of us take electricity for granted: never stopping to really think about its importance or truly understanding this incredible phenomenon. Join us as we explore the "nature of electricity." Learn through hands-on experience the varying forms of electricity that power our world. Discover and build series and parallel circuits, switches, lights, and electromagnets. Explore the flow of electrons. Witness static electricity with a Van de Graaf Generator! This is an electrifying adventure not to be missed!
SEP-103 Close-Up Fiction | Grades 4-8
Imagine reading a novel that began like this: "A spaceship landed on a planet, and these two guys came out of it. Aliens jumped out and grabbed them and ran away with them." You wouldn't necessarily want to read more! Many student writers move their stories along too quickly, rushing through scenes by listing events instead of immersing readers in experiences, by telling rather than showing. This Flash Fiction course takes students beyond list-of-event narration and teaches them to put readers into the middle of the action using moment-by-moment narration, description, dialogue and point of view. Students will learn how to transform a good story idea into a great story that makes readers feel like they are experiencing events as the characters are, hearing, seeing, feeling, and even smelling and tasting the action. Your writing will read like real fiction, ready for publication! "Ray looked out the window as he felt the ship lower through the fog to the surface of the planet. He thought he saw something moving down near the landing site, a gigantic form moving through the mist..."
SEP-104 The 1920s | Grades 6-12
"The Jazz Age, The Roaring '20s, Consumerism"... those are just a few things that come to mind when one thinks about the 1920s in America. This is a decade remembered for unprecedented affluence, amazing new consumer products, and a vibrant and creative urban culture scene. But the decade also brought on depression (in more ways than one) and resistance. Whether you would have been a flapper, a farmer, a businessman or a bootlegger, you're encouraged to boogie on in to this HATS class for a fun and educational look back at America in the 1920s. We'll also discuss the many similarities between the 1920s and today. Of course, history never repeats itself, right?