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!

Mark your calendar now!

Dates for Spring 2014

  • April 12
  • May 10

The Gillespie Museum will be hosting their annual Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. Join Stetson University's Environmental Coalition for earth-friendly workshops, activities, food and music!

Class and Registration Information

Classes are held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Stetson University campus in DeLand, FL. Each class is $50.

If you are registering more than one student, we offer a multiple class/sibling discount of $45 per class, per student. Each class is an intense, fun, hands-on academic experience. Students may register for one Saturday or multiple Saturdays. Classes vary from month to month and there is no requirement to attend more than one.

» Registration Form | Consent Form

To register, please print out and complete both the registration form and the consent form. Mail both in with your payment (check or money order only - we do not take credit cards at this time). First-time registrations require documentation of participation in a gifted program and/or scoring at the 95th percentile or higher on any standardized testing (see the 2013 Spring FCAT Scores at the 95th Percentile).

Payment must be received in order to be placed on the class roster. If you are interested in attending a class after the registration deadline, please email to inquire about space availability.

» Cancellation and Refund Policy

April 12 Descriptions

The registration deadline for the April 12 is March 31.

APR-BER - Earth Day

Join us as we celebrate the largest environmental event worldwide -- Earth Day! In this HATS class we will discuss how to appreciate nature and learn ways to protect our environment. Have you ever wondered what products you should recycle? Want to know how you can get involved to help save the planet? If you answered yes, this celebration is for you! With many hands-on activities, you will learn about the many ways that you can help keep the planet clean! YOU are the future of our planet; let's save it together!

(Grades K-2)

APR-101 - Fun with Words and Poetry

Where are words at their best? When they are part of poems! Poems are not just your grandparents' reads. Poems are alive, fun, vibrant and exciting! Poems allow words to say things that they can't say anywhere else. 

Come celebrate Poetry Month by playing with words. Learn about and create haikus, concrete poems, found poems, lyric poems and much, much more! Oh, and if you didn't know, poems don't have to rhyme, so join us for a jolly good time!

(Grades 3-6)

APR-102 - Let's Take A Dip - Aquatic Ecology

Come discover the world of freshwater ecosystems and learn about aquatic science from the perspective of a biologist. Immerse yourself in the lab as you perform water quality testing and sediment sampling. Join Dr. Freedman on an aquatic exploration and come prepared to get wet as you dip net in our local lentic ecosystem. Are you ready to take the plunge?

(Grades 5-9)

APR-103 - Playwriting: Micro-One Acts

Learn the art of play-writing by crafting the most compact form of drama, the one-act play. During this class, students will improvise, create conflicts, and write and perform brief one-act plays. Try your hand at an art form that really comes to life!

(Grades 5-10)

APR-104 - History's Perspective of Earth Day

Have you ever wondered what life was like before our government took a stand on issues like environmental pollution? Today, it's hard to imagine a factory dumping tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream. Before the Environmental Protection Agency, however, it was perfectly legal! Come explore what life was like prior to the EPA and learn what prompted its creation. Let's discuss the purpose of Earth Day and what you can do to contribute. This HATS class will take a historical perspective on the events leading up to the first Earth Day in 1970 and the changes that have taken place since. Let's help save the planet together and learn why it's important not let history repeat itself.

(Grades 6-12)

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