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

  • April 27
  • May 18

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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

Are you an engineer at heart? Do your ears perk up when you hear the words aerodynamics, conservation of energy, speed, drag, lift or friction? Do you thrill at the chance to build model planes or cars worthy of winning a race? If you are nodding yes, yes, yes, then come, come, come, and design, build and test a model of your own. We’ll examine how Bernoulii’s Principle helps engineers, such as yourself, to manipulate air pressure in their designs to control and stabilize planes, rockets, cars, blimps, cars, and more. We’ll explore motions and forces as we conduct a variety of experiments to discover how the velocity of air determines the amount of pressure the air is able to exert. Become an engineer for a day while you challenge yourself to develop an aerodynamic wonder!

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.