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!

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.

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November 15, 2014, Course Descriptions

BER | Let's Talk Turkey | Grades K-1

Become a historian as we turn back the clocks and visit the first Thanksgiving. We will travel through time and discover what life was like as a young Pilgrim and Native American. Did they eat turkey with stuffing? Pumpkin pie? Oh my! Join us as we talk turkey and learn all about the similarities and differences between the first Thanksgiving families and YOU! 

101 | The Mayflower | Grades 2-3

Have you ever wondered what kind of ship was the Mayflower, or what the Pilgrims felt when they saw land? Have you ever imagined what the First Thanksgiving was like? In this HATS class, you’ll get those answers and more as we travel back in time and go on an exciting journey with the Pilgrims as they sailed on the Mayflower to their new home in America. You’ll find out why the Pilgrims left England, what they took with them, and the hardships they faced. Through hands-on activities, you’ll understand the Mayflower Compact, how the Pilgrims made peace with the Indians, and how these brave settlers managed to survive. Grab your breeches and your bonnets and hop on board; it’ll be a cornucopia of knowledge and fun!  

102 | Public Speaking Pronto | Grades 4-6

Do you get "butterflies" when you have to present? Are you confident when you need to get up and speak to people? Would you be able to debate or make a speech without freezing up? Come experience a morning of confidence building and vital public speaking skills and strategies. Learn how to bat down the "butterflies" and how to be confident, cool and collected when you have to get up and speak. 

103 | Mythic Archetypes | Grades 4-8

What are the ideas, concepts, and characters that tie together stories as diverse as Star Wars and Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and The Princess Bride? Archetypes. Learn about the ancient archetypal events, characters, settings and objects that tie our modern novels and movies to the stories of the past—and apply them to your favorite story or series! 

104 | The Great Depression | Grades 7-12

With the stock market crash in 1929, the United States experienced one of the most dramatic upheavals in history. In the blink of an eye, we went from the fun and glamour of the Roaring Twenties, to the desperate hardship and poverty of the Great Depression. In this HATS class, we’ll examine how the 1930s left a scar on society and culture worldwide. Through interactive activities, you’ll understand how President Franklin Delano Roosevelt helped the United States begin its long, slow recovery. Come join us as we journey through time and take an in-depth look at life during the Great Depression. Don’t be nervous to come learn about history; it’s bound to repeat itself. Besides, 'the only thing you have to fear is, fear itself!'

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