Stetson University


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!

Spring semester 2015 Program Dates

  • April 25
  • May 16

All classes offered in DeLand are located in Sage Hall. Classes are held from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Registration is now open. Tuition for each class is $50.

April 25, 2015, Course Descriptions

BER | Who Speaks for the Trees? | Grades K-1

Let's save the Truffula trees as we learn all about Earth Day. We will explore our planet's resources and discover how we can "speak for the trees" by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Join us as we celebrate the Lorax and learn new and familiar ways to feed the Bar-ba-Loots in an exciting Earth Day adventure!


101 | Words at Play | Grades 2-5

April is National Poetry Month and there is no better way to celebrate than to play with words! 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!


102 | Creating Plants for Generations to Come  | Grades 4-6

Emily Dickinson once wrote, “We should not mind so small a flower, except it quiet bring - our little garden that we lost back to the lawn again.” Spring is in the air… and that means the birds and the bees are active again! As with all living organisms, plants must reproduce to continue their species for generations to come.

Did you know that plants have parents? Have you ever wondered just how new plants are created; or asked, “What’s the big deal about birds and bees and plant reproduction?” ….then come join us as we explore the reproduction of plants. We’ll take an up close look – through the microscope - and hands on look – through plant dissection at the awe inspiring, diverse, processes that bring new plants to life! Join us as we are able to explain to the immortal Miss Dickinson how a lawn is not lost, but brought back again…..


103 | Cartoon Studio - Creating Characters | Grades 5-12

If you've ever wanted to create your own comic strips, comic books, or animation, you will need to populate your cartoons with-- you guessed it-- cartoon characters. The art of creating characters is part fiction writing, part memoir, part name game, part gesture sketch, part building with shapes, part facial expressions, and part acting. It's a lot of things rolled into one, but this course will guide you through all of it. Leave with new drawing skills and a cast of characters to call your own-- a cast you can use to tell stories, tell jokes, or both!

Every good adventure tale needs great action scenes. And the great thing about writing is that you don’t have to hire stunt doubles, explosives experts, or special effects artists—you can create your action using your imagination… and words. This crash course in action writing will teach you how to build suspense, write clear action scenes that flow like movies, and leave your readers wanting more!




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