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Courses Offered in DeLand - Week 1

Courses offered in DeLand are located at: 421 N. Woodland Blvd. | DeLand, FL 32723

Courses in week one are held from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. July 20-24, 2015.


Space Exploration

Course Code: DEL-BER-1 | Open to grades K-1

3..2..1..Blast off! Houston, we have lift-off! Let's go out of this world and learn all about our solar system! We'll journey through the planets and make our "milky" way to the moon. Things may heat up as we venture near the sun and cut to the core when we reach Earth! Put on your space suit and join us for a sky-rocketing good time!


Leaving Only Footprints

Course Code: DEL-101 | Open to grades 2-3

Let's make Earth Day every day this week! We will have an amazing time working together to make this planet better. Become a junior environmental scientist and learn about protecting some of the local endangered wildlife, like sea turtles and manatees. While discovering their threats, we will work on projects that can creatively help protect these amazing animals. In addition to hands on science and art projects, we will spend time outside exploring the world around us!


Percy Jackson's Camp Half-Blood

Course Code: DEL-103 | Open to grades 4-6

It is a rare opportunity for a chosen few to venture into the ancient and awe-inspiring world of the Greek Gods. But thanks to Percy Jackson, his mystical world can become part of yours. Welcome to the training program for young demigods. The time has come to meet the "Original Olympians," including Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Aries, Apollo, Hermes and, lest we forget, Percy Jackson! Mount Olympus has opened its doors for you to explore the myths and realities, art, architecture, music, culture, cuisine, games, land, battles and triumphs of the Ancient Greeks. We have been "Keeping Young Heroes Safe from Harm (Mostly) For Over Three Millennia." Don't waste a minute! Contact your school satyr or send word via Hermes Express. Please include two golden drachmas for return postage. (Note: Human parents must use regular mail for registration as Hermes Express is reserved for demigods only). Are you up to the adventure? Can you brave the unknown? Are you strong enough to take on Hades? Then welcome to Camp Half-Blood!

Flash Fiction

Course Code: DEL-104 | Open to grades 6-12*

This fiction writing seminar will explore the principles of good story telling, specific writing techniques including moment-by-moment narration, dialogue and description. Students will get a chance to create and share short fiction, and to get feedback from both peers and the instructor who is the author of the book Writing Extraordinary Essays. The week will culminate with a finished novella that will be published.

*Registration for this course requires students to submit a writing sample with the application. Contact hats@stetson.edu for more details.

Courses Offered in DeLand - Week 2

Courses offered in DeLand are located at:
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32723

Courses in week two are offered from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. July 27-31, 2015.


Course Code: DEL-BER-2 | Open to grades K-1

Ahoy, matey! Let's journey 2000 leagues under the sea and dive into the deep end as we learn all about the ocean! We will swim through the three layers and explore various sea creatures, ocean life, and shells galore. Who knows! We may even run into a pirate on our voyage! Cruise with us on this oceanic adventure!

STEAMing through the Theme Parks

Course Code: DEL-201 | Open to grades 2-3

Why wait in long lines in the sweltering summer sun when you can be here with us to discover all of the adventures theme parks have to offer! How do roller coasters work? What’s behind the art in the parks? How do they keep track of all those tourists? Count, create, and loop-de-loop your way through an exciting week as we explore the Sciene, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) of the theme parks!


Course Code: DEL-202 | Open to grades 4-5

Do you like treasure hunts? If the answer is yes, then geocaching is for you! Join us on an outdoor hide-and-seek in which you’ll use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to find hidden containers called “geocaches.” There are over 2 million worldwide! You will create a name for yourself and start your account as you begin “collecting” caches around the area. We will also create and hide our own caches and see who comes to find them. So let’s get ready for an adventure that will take us to some amazing places.  
**This class is FULL.

Comic Strip Studio

Course Code: DEL-203 | Open to grades 3-12*

Whether you're a skilled artist or a consummate doodler, you too can become a cartoonist. All you need is your imagination. What's your favorite cartoon? Zits? Peanuts? Calvin and Hobbes? This course will introduce you to techniques used by professional cartoonists to bring characters and ideas to life on the Sunday comics page. We'll supply the materials and instruction, you'll supply the imagination. Taught by the creator of the Mr. Fitz comic strip, you'll enjoy a unique opportunity to learn cartooning from a professional cartoonist.

*Registration for this course requires students to submit a sample of their drawings and/or characters with the application. Contact hats@stetson.edu for more details. 

Harry Potter Science Magic

Course Code: DEL-204 | Open to grades 6-8

Hop on the Hogwarts Express! Have you ever thought about being a student at a school similar to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Then come immerse yourself in the fictional world of Harry Potter. Discover the magic as we explore the world of the famous wizard in classes such as Arithmancy, Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Divination, Herbology, History of Magic, Potions and Transfiguration. Once students are sorted into their houses they will work together on cooperative learning projects and experiments, as well as earning house points. Aspiring witches, wizards and warlocks are welcome. Leave the Muggle world behind and meet me at Platform 9 3/4.