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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January 12 Courses

JAN - 101 | Paleontology Pursuit | Grades K-1

Geology plays a huge roll in preserving ancient inhabitants of Earth. Come learn about the thrilling lifestyles of many different types of dinosaurs and the diversity of the tracks they left behind. Become a Jr. Paleontologist as we identify and classify dinosaur fossils and artifacts. Get your hands dirty while you perfect your excavation skills. Students will broaden their measurement skills and use all five senses to analyze, observe, and make conclusions based on their findings about these creatures of all sizes. Take a leap into the past and make some discoveries. Carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores welcome!

JAN - 102 | It’s Just a Matter of Time | Grades 2-3

Happy New Year! It’s the beginning of a new calendar year, but what does that mean? We mark the passing of seasons with birthdays and holidays. We set alarms to get to school and soccer on time. Now, it’s time to wonder about time itself and how we measure it. Why do we divide our days into hours, minutes, and seconds and our years into months, weeks, and days? This exploration will take us to space to consider the rotation of the earth on its axis, the revolution of the earth around the sun, and the lunar cycle. From the science of seasons and daylight, we will go back in time to the start of Western civilization to see the beginning of the calendar we still use today. It will be time well spent! 

JAN - 103 | Rocks and Minerals | Grades 4-6

Welcome to the mysterious and fascinating world of Geology. Become a true Geologist for a day as you enter a living laboratory of non-living specimens at The Gillespie Museum of Minerals: Stetson’s Earth science museum. The Gillespie hosts a collection of 20,000 mineral, rock, and fossil specimens - one of the oldest and largest in the southeastern United States. Together we will study geological processes, minerals, rock classification and the formation of rocks within the context of the rock cycle. Join us for a rock-solid adventure! 

JAN - 104 | Tool Over Rules: Creative Non-Fiction | Grades 4-12

The way writing is being taught in schools these days often stifles individual voice and creativity. Non-fiction writing doesn’t have to be dull - it can be extremely enjoyable! This three-hour crash course is designed to make students love writing again - or for the first time. They will brainstorm topics based on their own interests, learn a non-formulaic (non-5-paragraph) way to organize their essays, and develop their skills at creating vivid, visual details (not just text-evidence). Whether your student is down on writing or already loves it, this is the course to jump-start their creativity. 

JAN - 105 | Escape Room Breakout | Grades 8-12

3…2…1…blast off! You’re on board a spaceship on a maiden voyage to another planet but something terrible has happened - you didn’t expect to be bombarded by aliens during your travels. Now the ship’s systems have been damaged during the attack and you’re locked in the cargo hold which is set to open to the emptiness of space if you can’t get out soon. What will you do to escape? Your mission is to obtain the clues, solve puzzles, complete the tasks and work together as a team to put all the pieces together in order to break out. Hurry, the clock is ticking!

JAN - 106 | Russian Language Experience - Russian Folk Art | 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.

Russian Folk Art
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.

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 | The Birds & The Bees from a Plant’s Perspective | Grades 4-5

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. 

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 8-12

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.