While the courses for Super Saturdays change each year, these past classes are a good indicator of the type of programming available. The list of updated courses will be posted in the fall of 2018.
Winter 2018 Super Saturday Course Offerings
Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be in the same class for four weeks; however, on the application you should list five classes in which you are interested. If the first choice is filled, you will be placed in the next available class. You will receive a written confirmation of registration indicating the class in which you will participate.
1. Amazing Science Lab, grades 1 & 2, Christy Givens - Astronomy, physics, biology, and chemistry - this class has something for every curious young scientist. We'll explore astronomy through experiments that explain the gravitational forces of other planets, investigate physics by creating our own parachutes, and study biology by completing the Insect Challenge! Be a chemist as we perform experiments to make chemical reactions. Come prepared to be amazed and astounded as we explore the fascinating world of science.
2. Intro to Musical Theatre: Let's Sing and Dance, grades 1 & 2, Kari Carr - Do you want to sing, dance, and act? Then, join us as we learn how to tell a story through song and dance! Have a blast while learning some basics of musical theatre as we explore what it takes to put on a musical. We'll even put on our own show!
3. Kitchen Chemistry, grades 1 & 2, Lyndsey Duke - Did you know that your kitchen is one big chemistry lab? As junior chemists, we’ll explore colors, solids, liquids, gases, polymers, chemical reactions, mixtures, solutions, and more. You can learn to be a scientist right in your own kitchen through the experiments we’ll do together. No fancy laboratory is required!
4. Master Mathematicians, grades 1 & 2, Kierra Chandler - Do you want to become a master mathematician? Then, join our journey with numbers as we explore fun and challenging games, puzzles, and exciting missions - we may even search for treasure or write some secret codes! Get ready to create, solve, and discover as you become a master mathematician!
5. Read All About It: Art Edition, grades 1 & 2, Gloria Carrico - Stop the presses! Jump on the enchanted bookmobile as we travel through storybook land with the Magic Paintbrush and all his art friends. Young artists will discover and create their own books and story characters with the help of Mr. Paintbrush, Sissy Scissors, Markita Marker, Wanda Watercolor, Glenda Glue and many more. Along the way, we will meet some extraordinary authors and their story book celebrities; Eric Carle and the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Dr. Seuss and the Cat in a Hat, Peter Rynolds and his famous dot painter, Vashti, and Marcus Pfister with his very kind Rainbow Fish to name a few!). Don’t delay… your ticket to this artful journey is waiting at the gate.
6. Science Experiments Galore, grades 1 & 2, Andrea Heming - Do you love creating experiments? Then this class is just for you! We will design experiments that you can recreate with supplies in your own home. Only the scientists who LOVE to get messy should sign up for this class. We will have so much fun creating and learning you won’t be able to guess what we’ll do next.
7. Acting, grades 2 & 3, Julie Roberts Boggess - If you are interested in acting, come join our class! Come explore a few acting games and techniques. Have fun creating scenery and props. Plus, during our final class you will perform a play for your families to enjoy.
8. Bridging the Gaps, grades 2 & 3, Patty Bertke - Think like a civil engineer as we explore the basics in bridge design! Discover how shapes, materials, and geography matter. Research forces and what it takes to create a stable bridge. Using everyday materials design, build, and test your own bridge! Arrive with questions, leave with answers!
9. Learning with Legos, grades 2 & 3, Renee Hale - Did you know Legos are for more than just building? Join us to design Lego mazes and test those designs, re-create historical landmarks while exploring the history behind them, weigh items using Legos, and more! It’s science, math, reading, and art - all with Legos!
10. Ohh, What Ooeey, Gooey Fun!, grades 2 & 3, Stephanie Helton Beason - Calling all scientists who like to get into slimy, ooey goo! Roll up your sleeves and get ready to pour, mix, stir, and experiment. Join our Ooey, Gooey Slime Club as we explore the science behind squishy, messy, slimy fun. Just how ooey and gooey can we get?
11.Crazy for Coding!grades 3 & 4, Kyle Summers - If Code.org, Scratch, Code Combat, Lightbot, Ozoblockly, Ozobots, and Unplugged activities sound intriguing, this class is for you. You'll learn to use various coding sites and tools to learn basic logistical thinking skills as well as basic computer language. Any projects you create you can keep and work on in the future. Coding is crazy - and fun!
12. Problem-Solving 101, grades 3 & 4, Caley Melton Ruth - What do solar ovens, parachutes, potato chips, and ferris wheels have in common? They provide the focus of challenges we’ll problem-solve in this engineering exploration. How can you mail a potato chip without it breaking? Can you cook with solar energy? Join us as we design, build, and test using basic problem-solving skills. We’ll analyze a problem (from how high can you drop a parachuted jumper to safety), map out the elements (what does it take for a ferris wheel to rotate), and prepare a workable solution, taking on challenges that will test your logical thinking and reasoning abilities.
13. Science Behind the Scenes, grades 3 & 4, Robin Tyler and Colten Collings - Ever think the science in movies seems more Hollywood magic than scientific fact? Join us as we investigate the science (and pseudoscience) in your favorite TV shows and movies. Could animals ever co-exist the way they do in Zootopia? If we don’t have little people in our brains like Inside Out, how do we control our thoughts and emotions? Can you MacGyver your way out of a sticky situation? Grab your popcorn and your lab coat as we debunk the science of the silver screen.
14. Under the Sea Discovery, grades 3 & 4, Beth Tyrie Rogers - Get ready to put on your scuba suit and dive into an underwater exploration of coral reefs, kelp forests, and mangrove environments! Become a junior marine scientist as you discover the interactions of marine invertebrates, learn about the wonders of fish behavior, and determine how humans are connected to marine communities. You will learn and appreciate the vast diversity of marine species by making your own coral polyps, constructing a class kelp forest, creating your own fish species, and dissecting a secret organism.
15. Einstein in Monet's Garden Meets Picasso!, grades 3, 4, & 5, Miwon Choe - What would happen if Einstein spent a day in Monet's studio, along with the famous Spanish artist Picasso and that flying violin artist Chagall? Could Picasso's two-dimensional art enter the three-dimensional time and space of Einstein's world? Could their imagination together embrace the entire world of art and science? This class is for you if you are serious painters, innovators, and imaginators! Don't worry; we will learn together all the tricks of trade for various painting techniques in good company with these creative thinkers, artists, and innovators. In this class, you will be sure to discover inner and outer space of creative expressions for your original artwork!
16. Impact the World: Leadership for Girls, grades 3, 4, & 5, Aurelia Spaulding - This is not your ordinary leadership class! Accept the challenge to join other girls to learn about young leaders who made a difference and to practice how you can make a difference at home, school, or in your community. We’ll learn practical steps to become a better leader in different situations by developing leadership skills such as goal-setting, decision-making, communication, and team-building. Through interactive activities and service projects, engaging speakers, and developing writing skills, we’ll join together to make a difference.
17. Super Spies,grades 4 and 5, Brittney Gruber and Morgan Aldridge - Calling new spy recruits! Get ready to learn
how to act like a spy. You’ll learn about famous spies in history, and then create
your own spy alter ego, complete with a disguise. Make sure you’re sneaky so you don’t
give away your true identity! You’ll create your own spy agency that you work for
and solve puzzles to complete super secret missions. Then, you’ll write your own mission
and put your skills to the ultimate test.
18. The Super Hero Secret: Science, grades 4 & 5, Madison Wells and Hannah Skinner - Why is Mister Fantastic so stretchy? How does Superman's laser vision really work? Every hero has a story! We'll use magnets, lasers, rockets, microscopes and more to prove everyone has a superhero inside them just waiting to be discovered. Join us as we uncover the scientific secrets that make your favorite super heroes so super!
19.Zombie Science, grades 4 & 5, Ashley Buchanon - Are you ready to save the world? Join our group to explore neuroscience and how the brain plays a very important role in explaining zombie behavior. Your ultimate goal will be to become a medications development specialist doctor and create a cure for the zombie plague that is destroying the entire world. Will you decide to save the world, or will you let it fall into eternal ruin? Will we need to prepare to move to another, zombie-free planet? Only through our science explorations will we find the answers to survival in a zombieland.
20.Create Your Own (Chihuly) Art, grades 4, 5, & 6, Theresa Waddell - How can changes in temperature transform everyday materials into functional objects and fabulous works of art? Let's take a journey into the world of the glass artist Dale Chihuly to learn about the scientific properties of glass and the ancient art of glassblowing. We'll explore how Chihuly uses his drawings to design his sculptures, and then create our own sculptures by combining smaller parts to make a whole, and then planning an installation of our artwork. Discover the world of sculpture - Chihuly style!
21. Animal Discovery and Dissection Lab, grades 5 & 6, Janice Davenport - Learn to identify similar structures among several animal species as we explore animal physiology and adaptations. Activities will involve dissecting preserved specimens such as starfish, frogs, and earthworms, as well as conducting experiments related to the functioning of systems of the body.
22.Breakout EDU - Escape Challenges for the Curious, grades 5 & 6, Jeremy Shultz - Clues, codes, riddles, and keys - join this immersive learning game to “break out”. Through teamwork and troubleshooting, you will solve a series of challenges and work through hidden contraptions in order to unlock the Breakout box. We’ll mix games and learning in this creative and innovative escape challenge.
23. Mysteries of the Human Body, grades 5 & 6, Catherine Malin - The human body is one of the greatest mysteries of all times. Together, we will explore and solve some of the mysteries surrounding medicine, human anatomy and physiology, medical forensics, genetics, and more! Throughout the program, you’ll extract your own DNA, hold a heart, and leave class with a new “working” set of lungs. You’ll apply your new knowledge and solve a medical forensics case and then become a disease detective and stop the next pandemic. Join us on this intriguing journey as we uncover the mysteries of the human body.
24. Art, Nature, and Creative Painting, grades 6, 7, & 8, Sandra Carter - How would you like to step out from behind the painting and BE a part of the paining? Can you pretend you are a tall tree behind a castle, a portrait of a king, brilliant stars in a moving sky, dancing ballerinas in an open field, suspension bridge, or fast running horses? Creative painting goes beyond using just paintbrushes and canvas. You will create life-size large paintings to tell exciting stories that come alive. This class is your creative studio and real-life theatre stage, where you learn the basics of painting skills, using traditional and non-traditional media, such as objects from nature, various types of paints, yarn, fabric scraps, wearable art using outdoor found objects, and much more. So, get ready to paint as never before!
25.Carnival Ride Camp, grades 6, 7, & 8, Craig Frey - “Buckle-in” for this enticing, hands-on introduction to the field of mechanical engineering through the modeling of common amusement park rides. You will explore mechanisms and simple machines while building model-size carnival rides. Learning about the engineering design process and Newton’s Laws of Motion was never so much fun. Think Ferris Wheel, spin rides, and future rides just waiting to be invented!
Fall Super Saturdays
Dates: October 31, November 7, 14, and 21, 2015
Place: WKU's Campus and the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fall Super Saturdays
Dates: October 20, 27 and November 3, 10, 2018
Place: WKU's Campus, Bowling Green, KY and Louisville, KY
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Winter Super Saturdays
Dates: February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019
Place: WKU's Campus, Bowling Green, KY and Louisville, KY
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.