Saturday Courses

The HATS Program offers academic enrichment classes once a month on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Course offerings vary from month to month. All classes are held on the DeLand campus in Sage Hall. Tuition is $45 per class.

HATS Spring 2019 Saturday Schedule

  • January 12
  • February 23
  • March 30
  • April 27
  • May 18

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February 23 Courses

FEB - 101 | Experimenting with Light and Sound | Grades K-1

Come get energized as we learn about two different types of energy: light and sound. We will be immersed in hands-on investigations about the different waterless waves we experience every day. Join us as we make our own instruments from scratch, manipulate shapes and colors, and identify key characteristics that create light and sound energy. Discover different ways light can be seen and the various ways sound can be created. You won’t want to miss this energetic experience!

FEB - 102 | What a Mouthful! | Grades 2-3

Let’s talk about incisors, canines, and molars. Our teeth are the superheroes of the body! The enamel that protects each tooth is stronger than your bones, and your teeth are as unique to you as your fingerprints. Your smile is a part of every relationship you have. While sharks have 40 sets of teeth, we humans only get two. Learning about our teeth is a great step to inspiring us to take good care of them from a young age. We will examine the anatomy of the tooth and the activities of dental health that can preserve our smile for a lifetime. We’ll experiment to see how enamel protects our teeth, learn the ins and outs of flossing and the art of the gargle. And let’s not forget the importance of spit! Armed with a new toothbrush, the kids of HATS will get a fighting chance to be in the top 25% of Americans who don’t get a cavity in childhood.

FEB - 103 | Blooming Botany | Grades 4-6

Emily Dickenson 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. Have you ever wondered just how new plants regenerate?  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 Ms. Dickenson’s garden is brought back to life again. 

FEB - 104 | Mythic Archetypes| Grades 4-12

Across all cultures and eras, certain deep story elements have united stories and storytellers the world over. The concept of mythic archetypes was popularized by Joseph Campbell and popularized by filmmaker George Lucas with the original Star Wars movies. The archetypes (character-types, settings, events, and themes) are prevalent in books, plays, and movies of all kinds, and are a useful lens for analyzing stories, but also for creating them. This course will give students a chance to analyze stories they love, and to try their hand at creating their own stories based on the archetypes.

FEB - 105 | Heart Anatomy and Function | Grades 7-12

Do you give your friends valentines and little heart-shaped candies on Valentine's Day? Have you ever crossed your heart when making a promise that you really mean? Or turn on the radio to hear someone singing about a broken heart? We see and hear about hearts everywhere. A long time ago, people even thought that their emotions came from their hearts, maybe because the heart beats faster when a person is scared or excited. We know now that emotions come from the brain, and in this case, the brain tells the heart to speed up. So, join us as we investigate the structure of the heart and how it relates to cardiac function. Let's find out as we dive deep into the chambers and discover the anatomy and physiology of the heart through dissection. We will guarantee not to skip a beat!

FEB - 106 | Russian Language Experience - Understanding Ukraine | Grades 7-12

Learn the foundations of the Russian language, spoken over 11 time zones and declared a critical language by the US government. Each class consists of a language session followed by refreshments, and a content session that expands on the linguistic and cultural topics covered each month. There will be an online component connecting each class, creating a cumulative mini-course in the Russian language. Come to all sessions to complete your passport. These classes are offered to students in grades 8-12 and taught by the distinguished faculty in Stetson's Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.  

Understanding Ukraine
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is all over the news these days--but didn’t these countries used to be friends? We’ll talk about the history of the relationship between Russia and Ukraine, we’ll delve into Soviet nationality policy and we’ll explore Ukraine--land of Cossacks, crossroads and centuries of conflict.

March 30 Courses

MAR - 101 | Junior Zoologist | Grades K-1

Let’s become junior zoologists! Zookeepers plan and formulate diets, enclosures, bathing, clean-up, social interactions, exercise, and entertainment for dozens of different animals. We’ll embark on an adventure as zookeepers for a day, learning about the natural habits and habitats of zoo animals. Our young zoologists will leave with questions to research about other animals for our model zoo. Help us innovate new approaches to zoo keeping as our animal scientists build a zoo of their own imagination, possibly the zoo of the future.

MAR - 102 | Science Olympiad Goes Elementary | Grades 2-4

Team up to compete in several Science Olympiad inspired events. During this session, students will work together to solve numerous problems ranging across a variety of sciences throughout the STEM fields including force and motion, alternative energy and engineering design. Throughout the session, teamwork, resilience and ingenuity will be required to solve these complex problems. At the end of the session, one group will be crowned Hatters Olympiad Champion. 

MAR - 103 | Just Breathe! | Grades 4-6

Breathing seems simple. O₂ in and CO₂ out. No big deal…or is it? Join us as we examine the human respiratory system. We’ll take an interactive look at the functionality, physiology, and processes of the respiratory system, particularly as defined by the three stages of breathing: inhalation, gas exchange, and exhalation. You may discover that breathing is not as simple as it seems!

MAR - 104 |Flash Fiction: Big Picture Fiction | Grades 4-12

Where do great ideas for stories come from? How do great ideas turn into great stories? This crash-course class in storytelling looks at the many ways writers can find ideas for stories, within themselves, and in the world around them. It also examines the big picture elements of story: plot, character, setting, theme, point of view, and irony, and how you can fit them all together into a coherent story. You may come away from this class with multiple story ideas and outline that you could develop into full-length stories or even novels, either at home, or at next month’s Hatterdays class! 

MAR - 105 |Living in a Plastic World – Marine Debris Artwork | Grades 7-12

Let's make every day Earth Day! We will have an amazing time working together to make this planet better and learn that Earth does not belong to us, rather we belong to Earth and we should take only memories, and leave only footprints behind. Have you ever drank out of plastic water bottle?Do you eat with a plastic fork or spoon? Have you ever thought what the world would be like if plastic disappeared from products? What would we be left with? We can all agree that plastic is a product that was produced to make our lives a little easier, but what are the environmental impacts of plastic?In this course, we will explore how a variety of plastic based products were created and how they negatively impact the environment and a variety of species, and learn about what can be done to help reduce plastic pollution by bringing awareness to this issue by creating unique marine debris pieces of art. We will also use hands on labs and scientific equipment to investigate the impacts of micro plastics and microfibers on marine environments.

MAR - 106 | Russian Language Experience - Balkan Beats | Grades 7-12

Learn the foundations of the Russian language, spoken over 11 time zones and declared a critical language by the US government. Each class consists of a language session followed by refreshments, and a content session that expands on the linguistic and cultural topics covered each month. There will be an online component connecting each class, creating a cumulative mini-course in the Russian language. Come to all sessions to complete your passport. These classes are offered to students in grades 8-12 and taught by the distinguished faculty in Stetson's Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Balkan Beats 
What do you know about the Balkans? This class will introduce you to the world of the former Yugoslavia. In particular, the war here (1991-2001) was the deadliest interethnic conflict in Europe since World War II, and it was fought not only in military battles, but also with daily broadcasts of popular music. Come and learn about the lesser known story of the Yugoslav Wars and immerse yourself in the sounds of the fierce cultural battle between rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and turbo-folk (the region’s unique formula of kitsch, folk music, western pop, and Turkish melodies).Like legends, tales or folk music, handicrafts constitute an essential element of a nation’s culture. They may originate from a community’s customs and practical needs, but they develop into sophisticated and intricate arts. During this class, you will experience the fascinating world of Russian folk art, learn about diverse craft traditions, see a collection of authentic artifacts and create your own designs.

April 27 Courses

APR - 101 | Mad Scientists | Grades K-1

The process Scientists use to discover and collaborate with their peers can be credited with discovering most extraordinary things on Earth. It is one of the most important topics for students to master in school and can be used to investigate just about anything. After reading “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” by Dr. Seuss, students will be able to create their own slimy Oobleck. We will use the Science Process and specific materials to design an investigation our young mad scientists will love. Students will also learn about scientific tools and safety gear and will be putting them to great use. Practice your greatest evil laughs and get ready to become mad with a love for science.

APR - 102 | Light the Way | Grades 2-3

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. In spring, the world becomes a rainbow. The darkness of winter gives way to light and color and water. What an opportunity for young scientists to explore weather, sun, rain, light, and rainbows. Light is our easiest way to connect to the energy of our world, the energy of life that bursts forth in springtime. Our young physicists will explore how light behaves. We will play with prisms and change the color of carnations. We will talk of the colors of animals and flowers, both beautiful and helpful for survival. Through activities that celebrate color, we will understand why we all stop and smile when we see a rainbow in the sky.

APR - 103 | Taking Flight with Daniel Bernoulii | Grades 4-6

Emily Dickenson 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. Have you ever wondered just how new plants regenerate 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 Ms. Dickenson’s garden is brought back to life again. 

APR - 104 | Flash Fiction: Making Writing Visual and Vivid| Grades 4-12

The best fiction creates vivid pictures in our heads… but creating just the right pictures with just the right words can be tricky. This class teaches you the ins-and-outs of describing people, both their looks and their personalities, and places, and describing people through the places they live in. You will create memorable settings of your own - and memorable characters who may follow you home! This class is for novice and experienced writers alike!

APR - 105 | Microbiology – It’s a Small World | Grades 7-12

Peek into the world of microbes! Microbes like bacteria, viruses and fungi are the tiny organisms that live in, on and around us! Come and join microbiologists Dr. Brendaliz Santiago and Dr. Lynn Kee in the lab! Students will learn how to grow different microbes in lab using modern microbiology tools. Come learn how to "color" our bacteria in foods that we eat. We will use microscopes to look at the different shapes and sizes of microbes that we can’t see with our naked eye!!

APR - 106 | Russian Language Experience - Decoding the Dumpling | Grades 7-12

Learn the foundations of the Russian language, spoken over 11 time zones and declared a critical language by the US government. Each class consists of a language session followed by refreshments, and a content session that expands on the linguistic and cultural topics covered each month. There will be an online component connecting each class, creating a cumulative mini-course in the Russian language. Come to all sessions to complete your passport. These classes are offered to students in grades 8-12 and taught by the distinguished faculty in Stetson's Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.  

Decoding the Dumpling 
Food unites us all. Preparing, eating, and thinking about a dish is a way to unfurl the world. Come make, cook and taste that most quintessential of Russian dishes: the pirozhok. We’ll fill these pastries with varieties of sweet and savory insides and we’ll enjoy Russian tea.The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is all over the news these days--but didn’t these countries used to be friends? We’ll talk about the history of the relationship between Russia and Ukraine, we’ll delve into Soviet nationality policy and we’ll explore Ukraine--land of Cossacks, crossroads and centuries of conflict.

May 18 Courses

MAY - 101 | You Matter | Grades K-1

Matter is everything in the world that takes up space. Puppies, cups of lemonade, sky scrapers, even YOU contain matter. Matter has certain characteristics and properties that make each object special. In this course, we dive into those characteristics and properties and learn about what makes up a solid, liquid, and a gas. After learning about the foundational characteristics of each state of matter, students will get to alter their properties before their very eyes! Students will use different temperatures to test their matter and compare and contrast the different substances. These investigations will leave students with a will to delve further into discovering how altering matter is present in their lives more than they could have ever imagined.

MAY - 102 | Escape Room | Grades 2-3

Are you ready for an Escape Room challenge? The problem-solving mind must be willing to look at the same old things in a whole new way. Solving an escape room mystery takes creativity as well as teamwork and cooperation. Mystery is just another way of thinking of a problem. It is a fun and exciting way to hone observational skills. Science gives us a way to approach problems through hypothesis, observation, trial, and error. Math and logic challenges are at the heart of all intriguing mystery. And don’t forget the human side; good communication will lead us forward as each member of our team offers a unique approach. We will look beyond the obvious to decipher symbols, identify hidden objects, assemble clues and crack the code – Escape!

MAY - 103 | Science-ing the Zombie Apocalypse | Grades 4-8

Ever wonder what would happen if the world were to be struck with a highly infectious disease? Explore the science behind infectious diseases while diving into the world of zombies. Participants will begin by analyzing the rate at which an infectious disease spreads through mathematical analysis, investigate the initial cause of the disease through a genetic investigation, and lastly engineer the most effective serum at treating the “zombie” infection. Will you be able to save the world? It’s all in a day’s work in science! 

MAY - 104 | Everything Superheroes | Grades 4-12

With the May release of Marvel’s sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, superheroes will be on everybody’s minds. This course gives students a crash course into all things superhero: their pre-comic book origins, the different eras of comic book history, and the major players in the comic book worlds. Students will finish up the course by creating their own superheroes!

MAY - 105 | Sea Turtle Conservation and Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change | Grades 8-12

To kick off the sea turtle nesting season in Volusia County, join us as we learn about sea turtles and the conservation efforts in place on our local beaches, while also learning about the impacts of climate change on our coastal ecosystems. No longer is climate change only studied by scientists. Increasingly, policy makers and citizens, including students, are discussing and grappling with serious climate change issues facing Florida and the planet.Are you ready to learn and explore more about this complex topic and its importance in their world? Join us for this class as we embark on a journey with hands on Advanced Placement (AP) labs and inquiry activities to learn about the causes of climate change, the impacts it has had on weather systems, its impact on global biological systems, how it specifically impacts sea turtle species and learn about possible solutions to combat these issues.

MAY - 106 | Russian Language Experience - Dancing Across Russia | Grades 7-12

Learn the foundations of the Russian language, spoken over 11 time zones and declared a critical language by the US government. Each class consists of a language session followed by refreshments, and a content session that expands on the linguistic and cultural topics covered each month. There will be an online component connecting each class, creating a cumulative mini-course in the Russian language. Come to all sessions to complete your passport. These classes are offered to students in grades 8-12 and taught by the distinguished faculty in Stetson's Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Dancing Across Russia 
Russia and ballet are inseparable. Yet watching a performance of The Nutcracker has become a part of the American holiday tradition. So how did a Russian ballet become part of Americana? You will explore the world of Russian dance from its roots to modern performance halls across the globe. Former actress and dancer Dr. Mayhill Fowler is now a leading expert on Soviet performance—and may even teach you to pirouette.Like legends, tales or folk music, handicrafts constitute an essential element of a nation’s culture. They may originate from a community’s customs and practical needs, but they develop into sophisticated and intricate arts. During this class, you will experience the fascinating world of Russian folk art, learn about diverse craft traditions, see a collection of authentic artifacts and create your own designs.