HATS Summer Courses

Every summer, the Stetson HATS Program offers week-long academic enrichment courses for high achieving and gifted students in kindergarten through 12th grade that encourage students to explore their academic areas of interest in a collegiate setting.

2017 Class Information 

  • Session One: July 10-14  
  • Session Two:  July 17-21
  • Session Three  July 31-August 4
  • Classes are located in Sage Hall at the University's DeLand campus.
  • All classes will meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuition for each week-long class is $275

Registration Form

If you have any questions about enrollment eligibility, please email hats@stetson.edu

WEEK 1 Courses   July 10 - July 14

Biomes Around the World
Course Code: DEL-101 | Open to grades K-1

Our planet Earth has a great diversity of ecosystems that are both beautiful and dangerous, filled with many unique plants and animal species. Biomes are the world’s major communities where insects, animals, plants, and even people live in a certain type of climate. Become a world explorer and scientist as we embark on this journey learning about the biomes of the world with interactive labs and hands-on learning. We will explore the tree canopies of the tropical rainforest, the species-filled marine ecosystems, the freshwater ecosystems, the intense heat of the desert, the bone-chilling cold of the tundra, and the grassland areas where giraffe and zebras roam freely. Grab your passports and get ready for a fun adventure!

Walk Like an Egyptian!
Course Code: DEL-102 | Open to grades 2-3

Calling all archaeologists to dig and discover the ancient civilization of Egypt! Did you know that the Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? What is the Sphinx guarding? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a pharaoh while in your teens? What types of foods did the Egyptians eat? Why did they make mummies? During our time travel experience, we will investigate the pyramids, ancient artifacts, hieroglyphics, the process of mummification, and many other facets of the Egyptian culture. Get ready to take a trip down the Nile River as we time travel back to the ancient civilization of Egypt. 

Comic Strip Studio
Course Code: DEL-103 | Open to grades 4-12*

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 to cartoon 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.

Mark Twain – A Trip Down the Mississippi and Beyond
Course Code: DEL-104 | Open to grades 4-8

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.  Smithsonian Magazine named Mark Twain the most influential pop icon of the last 100 years. This interdisciplinary course will integrate history, art, geography, literature, and science in daily hands-on activities as students will time travel back to Twain’s era to understand why he is still relevant today. Taught by Dr. Cindy Lovell, HATS founder and the former executive director of both the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Missouri and the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, students will be ready for Jeopardy’s Mark Twain category after this class. We’ll have more fun than Tom and Huck on a raft!

Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood | Nature Writing
Course Code: DEL-105 | Open to grades 6-12

Oftentimes in our day-to-day lives, it is easy to overlook that nature is all around us, in the places where we live, work, and play: from mountains to cities, forests to backyards, farms to malls. Whether these places seem to us to be natural or unnatural, rural or urban, local or global, the more-than-human world is everywhere we look (or don’t look). In this course, we will examine how the genre of nature writing can help re-establish our sense of place and heighten our awareness of the human place in the more-than-human world. Throughout this week we will be reading and analyzing selections from a representative range of mainly 20th century U.S. nature writers, applying the techniques and styles that these writers use in our own essays, and taking short excursions to discover nature in and around Stetson University.  Furthermore, while nature writing is usually written in the first person and often requires us each to go out on our own and explore the world using our own five senses, this course will also emphasize writing for an audience and writing as part of a community. We will work on our writing together in workshops and other peer review settings, and at the end of the week, we will collaborate to create a class publication (a small magazine or journal). Neither nature nor writing is static. Neither exists in a vacuum. Thus, in this course, we will continually share our ideas and rethink our assumptions about humans, nature, and the writing process. Are you ready to take the road less traveled by?

DEL-106 Forensic Science
Course Code: DEL-106 | Open to grades 7-12

221B Baker Street, London. An address many have heard of but only a handful would dare to visit. Will you be one of the few? Welcome to the private domain of the renowned and revered “consulting detective,” Sherlock Holmes. Following years of negotiation, pleading and imploring, Mr. Holmes has graciously agreed to open the doors of 221B Baker Street to those who truly wish to learn some of his methods in solving London’s most notorious crimes. You may think you know how to apply scientific observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning to solve a mystery. In all likelihood, you haven’t a clue. Or do you?

WEEK 2 Courses   July 17 - July 21

DEL-221 Magic Tree House Adventures
Course Code: DEL-201 | Open to grades K-1

Grab your backpacks and notebooks and join us for a fun-filled week as we climb into the mysterious tree house of Frog Creek, PA. We will be transported back in time with Jack and Annie as we explore the world of Dinosaurs and discover what life was like in the Cretaceous period. Next, our adventures will whisk us back to the glacial period with saber-toothed tigers, cave people, and woolly mammoths. We will learn about the Ice Age, create our own cave drawings, and even examine an extinct woolly mammoth's hair under a microscope.

DEL-222 Medieval Times
Course Code: DEL-222 | Open to grades 2-3

Hear ye, hear ye! Dust thou wish to visit an age of mighty castles and knights in shining armor? Come hither, my lads! A goodly length in time past, ‘tis the most splendid of times as we experience life during the middle ages. I bid thee to step into a world of enchantment! Verily, it is so, thou shalt have a splendid time traveling through the Middle Ages! Fare thee well, my good man; adieu, my good ladies! I will see thee anon.

Real Life Makes the Best Fiction: Tom Sawyer as Autobiography
Course Code: DEL-223 | Open to grades 4-8

Just as Mark Twain used his boyhood experiences to create timeless literature with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, students will use their own personal experiences to create fiction. We will examine the real people, places, and events in Mark Twain’s life that found their way into his fictional accounts and learn how to borrow from actual events to do the same. Students will create a fictional short story based on their own lives. We’ll have more fun than Tom and Huck on a raft!
*Taught by Dr. Cindy Lovell, HATS founder and the former executive director of both the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Missouri and the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.

DEL-224 Harry Potter Science Magic
Course Code: DEL-224 | Open to grades 6-10

Attention all aspiring Magizoologists! Influenced by his mother’s breeding of fancy Hippogriffs, Newt Scamander’s interest in bizarre magical animals and fabulous beasts began when he was just a seven-year-old wizard. His masterpiece, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its first publication.  Do you hunger to master the marvels, mysteries, and scientific principles of magic? Or… Do you long to attend a school similar to Hogwarts or Ilvermorny? If you're nodding yes, yes, yes….then grab your time turner and join us as we travel back and forth across the pond. Wands at the ready to immerse yourself in the magical world of Harry Potter, Newt Scamander, and MACUSA. Discover the scientific principles in classes such as Arithmancy, Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Divination, Potions, Transfiguration, and of course, Care of Magical Creatures. Only the truest of aspiring witches, wizards, and warlocks may enroll. Leave the Muggle world behind and meet your professors at Platform 9 ¾ ….By the way, is your suitcase Muggleworthy?

DEL-225 Flash Fiction
Course Code: DEL-225 | Open to grades 6-12*

This fiction writing seminar will explore the principles of good storytelling, 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.

APES - AP Environmental Science Preview
Course Code: DEL-226 | Open to grades 7-12

Have you ever wondered how we can help support and sustain our natural ecosystems around the world, but especially right here in Florida?Do you know what each of the three R’s (reduce, reuse, and recycle) really mean in the world of science? Join us on a week-long adventure as we learn about ways we can implement these three words into our daily routines to make a difference for the environment. We will learn about many conservation efforts in place for our local “nature celebrities” as we talk about water and energy conservation, sea turtle conservation and nesting, current issues with manatee conservation, ways to help protect our oceans and other bodies of water, and many other issues in the world of conservation centered around AP Environmental Science labs. At the end of the week, you will be ready to go out in the world and become the voice for the environment and share your knowledge to ensure that these ecosystems and animal species are able to be healthy and accessible for future generations to experience.

WEEK 3 Course July 31 - August 4

Course Code: NSB-301 | Open to grades 6-12 

Back by popular demand, HATS again offers a weeklong aviation course on site at the New Smyrna Beach Airport. Students will learn about general aviation, the practical aspect of aeronautics, which includes the principles of flight along with the design, development, production, operation, and use of aircraft. This class will meet at Epic School of Imagination. All students will receive a voucher for a free Discovery Flight offered by Epic Flight Academy.
Email HATS@stetson.edu for more information.