Because Learning Doesn't End on Friday
Fall 2020 Virtual Super Saturdays Course Offerings
Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be in the same class for three weeks.
1) Experimenting, Exploring, and Creating Art with Science, grade 1, Ashley Davison
Do you enjoy creating art and doing science experiments? If you do you will love this class! Join us in exploring new ways to make art through experimentation with common household items and basic art materials. Artists, curious minds, and scientists unite to create art that is unique, exciting, and sometimes a bit messy! I can’t wait to make amazing art experiments with you!
2) Amazing Science Lab, grade 1, Lyndsey Duke-Brooks
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!?
3) All Things Matter, grades 2 & 3, Lori Darnell & Nikki Nicholas Preston
Elephant Toothpaste, Pop Rocks, balloon inflations...oh my! In this class, as junior scientists, you will get to join in on lots of hands-on activities while exploring all the states of matter. We will be using things that you can find around your house to make fun and, sometimes, EXPLODING experiments. We hope you will join in to be one of our scientists!
4) Animals Surviving a Harsh Planet, grades 2 & 3, Justin Moreschi
In a brutal world filled with predators and impossible elements, how do animals survive? Join this class of animal scientists as we analyze the adaptations of animals and their organic solutions to Earth's deadliest situations. You will observe actual animal samples and design animals that can survive in a chosen habitat.
5) Think Outside the (Artist) Box, grades 2 & 3, Andee Rudloff and Nicole Agro
Join our colorful and creative journey into the world of art. We’ll dive into all sorts of fun ways to have amazing art experiences. In this class, creativity, problem-solving, and fun are the magic words to turn everyday art materials into fantastic art treasures.
6) Mad Scientist Mania, grades 2 & 3, Madison Wells Staton
Calling all mad scientists! Join us for exciting experiments and creative engineering challenges as we build our own science labs at home. We will use our scientific knowledge and engineering skills to discover the science that is all around us using supplies found at home.
7) Master Mathematicians, grades 3 & 4, 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!
8) What Makes Me, Me?, grades 3 & 4, Kari Corsi
Have you ever thought about why you look the way you look or act the way you act? Are you curious as to why your family does things a certain way or why your personality is the way it is? Come along with us as we dive in and study ourselves, who we are, and what makes us unique. We’ll explore genetics, culture, personalities, and family histories to develop a better understanding of ourselves.
9) Escape! Create Your Own Breakout Room, grades 3 & 4, Hayley Pack
Have you ever solved a mystery before ALL the clues were given? Would you consider yourself a clever detective? If you pay close attention to details, are an exceptional code cracker, or a positive problem-solver then you are up to the challenges that await. Choose your favorite mystery book and using technology, you will learn how to create your own digital escape room for your peers and friends to solve! (Students will need some experience with Google tools such as Google Sites, Google Forms, and Google Slides).
10) STEM at Home, grades3 & 4, Catherine Poteet
Are you ready for some creating, building, testing, calculating, and discovering? Then this class filled with design experiments is just for you. You’ll use calculations, data analysis, and other components to build and shoot straw rockets, launch parachutes, make egg drop devices, and so much more. Only the most curious minds are needed in this STEM at home laboratory.
11) Together or Apart We Create from our Hearts, grades 4 & 5, Christy Matthews
Come explore how different tools around your home can be used to create all kinds of artwork. We’ll make robot prints, design an “unmasking yourself” portrait, make our own paintbrushes and our own clay (which we will turn into dinosaurs), and learn how you can express yourself and who you are creatively through art, even from a distance.
12) Documentaries for Social Change, grades 4 & 5, Vanessa Hutchison Miller
Channel your passion into a documentary film that can change the world. You’ll learn the skills necessary to plan, film, edit, and publish a short documentary film about a topic or issue of your choosing. The requirements are an open mind, the desire to create a better world, and access to a smartphone or tablet with a video editing application. (Students will need iMovie, which comes with iPhone and iPad, or on an Android, an app called VivaVideo, which is a free download for android.)
13) Riding the Waves, grades 4 & 5, Robin Tyler
Think you can only find waves at the ocean? Think again! Waves are always around you: from the light waves letting you see this page, to the Wi-Fi you used to find it! In this class we will explore all of the waves in our lives. Why do we see rainbows? Why do things make different sounds? Why can our eyes be tricked by optical illusions? Join us as we explore how something invisible and silent brings all of the color and sound to our world!
14) Survival Team-Up, grades 4 & 5, Matthew Howell
Why does the world's largest flower smell like rotten meat? Who invented farming before humans? Can a tree have its own army? Learn about the cool ways animals and plants team up to survive (and what you can learn from their secrets!). It turns out that teamwork is not just for sports.
15) Extreme Survival Experts, grades 5 & 6, Felicia Moreschi
Do you love watching TV shows like “Ultimate Survival,” “Man vs. Wild,” “Mountain Men,” “Get Out Alive,” or “Survivorman”? Are you fascinated by the survival strategies the stars of these shows use? Then join us for a chance to learn all about the ORIGINAL survival experts: Native Americans! We will explore survival strategies used by Native Americans that made them successful at hunting, fishing, building shelter, fighting, traveling, and more.
16) The Solution Squad, grades 5 & 6, Kayla Spurgeon
If you enjoy creating amazing and challenging science projects, The Solution Squad is for you. This class is packed full of hands-on investigations that will get you designing, creating, and testing your own ideas. From making your own microscope to designing a balloon car, this class is full of fun science experiments AND solutions! All inquisitive minds are welcomed in The Solution Squad!!!
17) Engineering a Rescue, grade 6, Melissa Rudloff
What does it take to design a personal flotation device, coordinate a mountain rescue, or provide critical supplies by air to a hard-to-reach area? Explore the engineering design process in these fun and challenging hands-on, minds-on sessions where we develop the prototypes of various life-saving items in an attempt to beat the clock and meet the challenge in front of us. Critical thinking and problem-solving join with science and math as we brainstorm, design, build, and test our creations.
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.
September Super Saturdays
Dates: September 12, 19, & 26
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT
October Super Saturdays
Dates: October 17, 24, & 31
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT
Winter Super Saturdays
Dates: 2021 Dates TBA