Classes

The Super Saturday Program is a quality enrichment program for intellectually gifted children in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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Each session, children choose from a variety of classes that allow them to stretch their abilities in new areas.  Just as important, gifted children come together each week with their gifted peers.  Children can soar to their own heights and not feel out of place.  They make new friends who share their goals, ambitions, interests, and abilities.

All Super Saturday Program courses are designed for fun and involve hands-on learning.  Each session the offerings vary but always cover a wide variety of subjects.

Classes for children ages 4 to 14 are listed below and in our brochure. We do not offer classes for children over 14 years old because we have found that there is insufficient interest.

Teens 13 to 17 may volunteer through The Super Saturday Teen Leader Program.

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2022-2023 Spring Term

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past classes not scheduled this term

Classes listed in age-range order:
Morning Classes: 9:30 – 11:30 Afternoon Classes: 12:30 – 2:30
Scientific Mayhem  Ages 4-6 Cool Chemistry I  Ages 4-6
Get Sparked with ART  4-7 Muscle Factory in Motion  4-6
Muscle Factory in Motion  6-8 Cool Math  7-9
Cool Chemistry II  7-10 Be a Podcaster  7-10
Origami Basics  7-10 The Sew-Sew Class. Time to Sew  7-10
Stop Motion Animation Extravaganza!  7-10 Nature’s Fury  7-11
LEGO Mindstorms Robotics!  8-9 Tai-Chi for Parent and Me  8-12
It Is Rocket Science!  8-11 LEGO Mindstorms Robotics!  9-11
Art and Science of Superheroes  8-12 Settlers of Catan  9-12
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter  9-12 Advanced Rocketry  9-14
Structural Engineering 101  9-14 Stop Motion Animation  10-14
Writing for Laughs  9-14 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter II  10-14
Introduction to Python Part 2  10-14 Developing Games with Python  11-14
Super Saturday Young Debaters  10-14 Physics of Things That Float and Fly  12-14
Go for Go-Getters  11-14
Class descriptions in alphabetical order:

Morning Classes: 9:30 – 11:30
Art and Science of Superheroes
Ages: 8-12
Instructor: Melanie Simkins
Activity Level: 3
Lab Fee: $0
Based on favorite Marvel and DC Comics heroes, learn the applied science of superpowers!  From Superman’s incredible alien powers to the genetics of X-Men, science is important to make them believable heroes.  Learn the concepts of 2D drawing & layout design that bring our favorite comic books to life!  ID#22309

Cool Chemistry II
Ages: 7-10
Instructor: Barbara James
Activity Level: 3
Lab Fee: $40
Measure, mix, swirl and pour into the world of chemistry as we explore reactions that make volcanoes, density bottles, color, slime and much more.  Explore with us in this fun, hands-on class.  ID#22304

Get Sparked with ART
Ages: 4-7
Instructor: Priscilla Oehlschlaeger
Activity Level: 1
Lab Fee: $30
Make a treasure tin, blend colors, make puppets, create a bottle buddy, design a costume, and more.  Explore the basic wonders of creating art and join us as we get sparked with art!  ID#22302

Go for Go-Getters
Ages: 11-14
Instructor: Andrew Speno
Activity Level: 2
Lab Fee: $5
Go, the oldest board game in the world, looks deceptively simple but is complex enough to provide a lifetime of challenge.  Learn the game in brief, focused lessons but mostly by playing as many games as possible.  Games are easily handicapped so players of all skill levels can play competitively.  There will be a handicapped tournament with trophies in the final class.  ID#22315

Introduction to Python Part 2 – NEW
Ages: 10-14
PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Python 101 OR teacher approval on the basis of student knowledge of Python basic concepts
Instructor: Nitin Kulkarni
Activity Level: 3
Lab Fee: $0*
This is a continuation of the winter class “Introduction to Python”. We will explore more com-plex aspects of Python. Prerequisites -attendance in the winter session OR, with teacher approval, basic understanding of Python basic concepts.  *Students are required to bring a laptop.  ID#22313

It Is Rocket Science!
Ages: 8-11
Instructor: Ryan Cheng
Activity Level: 2
Lab Fee: $50
Interested in high-speed rockets? How are fins used to control direction, stabilize, and angle the launch?  Join us to build and keep 3 model rockets.  Experiment with center of mass.  Discuss principles of flight stability and drag.  Learn how to be safe, prepare for launch, and insert engines and parachutes.  Launch dates are 4/15 & 4/16 at Hisey Park.  Rain dates are 4/22 & 4/23.  ID#22308

LEGO Mindstorms Robotics!
Ages: 8-9
Instructor: Janet Bockey
Activity Level: 1
Lab Fee: $60
LEGO enthusiasts will have a blast learning to design and build robots using LEGO Mindstorms NXT and EV3.  Students will work in pairs to build robots that drive, lift, and interact with obstacles as they master weekly challenges and compete in games!  A favorite highlight will be combining all of the skills they’ve learned to create their ultimate robot for an epic Battling Robot competition!  ID#22307

Muscle Factory in Motion – 1st time in-person
Ages: 6-8
Instructor: Simone Burnett
Activity Level: 1
Lab Fee: $10
Did you know you are supposed to have one hour of exercise a day?  Come put your legs, abs, and arms in motion at the Muscle Factory!  I will be showing you fun ways to wake up sleepy muscles and energize your body!  ID#22303

Origami Basics – NEW
Ages: 7-10
Instructor: Rory & Amy Hruschak
Activity Level: 4
Lab Fee: $10
Unlock the secrets of origami, the ancient art of Japanese paper folding.  Turn flat, colorful square pieces of paper into 3D geometric shapes, animals, and other fun projects.  ID#22305

Scientific Mayhem
Ages: 4-6
Instructor: Kelly Reilman
Activity Level: 2
Lab Fee: $20
Let’s have some fun with science!  We will explore, build, test, and mix all kinds of things.  How tall can I build this tower?  What will happen if I mix these two things?  What does this look like on the inside?  How does this work?  Join us and discover something new!  ID#22301

Stop Motion Animation Extravaganza!
Ages: 7-10
Instructor: Korin Mattei
Activity Level: 3
Lab Fee: $50*
Bring your imagination and master stop motion animation fundamentals while making fun videos.  We will work with LEGOs, clay, and paper while you learn to use basic software and bring your own characters to life!  Build your sets, create your backgrounds, sculpt your models and we’ll see what you can do in this highly individualized class.  *Students must bring a tablet or smart phone capable of using Bluetooth and the app Stop Motion Studio.  ID#22306

Structural Engineering 101
Ages: 9-14
Instructor: Steven Harm
Activity Level: 3
Lab Fee: $30
Want to know what keeps the building you’re in right now from falling on your head?  What keeps the bridge you drive over from falling in the river?  In this class we will build small models of structures to discover what makes them stay standing; we’ll review computer modeling techniques and learn about what forces and loading a building or bridge can stand up to.  ID#22311

Super Saturday Young Debaters
Ages: 10-14
Instructor: Mia Burnett
Activity Level: 3
Lab Fee: $20
The Young Debaters class will introduce and foster research, speech and debating techniques.  These techniques will be used to conduct debates on various current event topics.  ID#22314

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Ages: 9-12
Instructor: George Whitaker
Activity Level: 3
Lab Fee: $15
Join this class for an opportunity to live out your wildest wizarding fantasies.  Discover what house you belong to, reenact your favorite Hogwarts classes and delve more deeply into the world of Harry Potter than you have before!  ID#22310

Writing for Laughs
Ages: 9-14
Instructor: P. F. Wilson
Activity Level: 3
Lab Fee: $0
Great comedy doesn’t just happen, it has to be crafted, and that starts with writing.  Learn the basic principles of comedy, including satire and parody.  Create skits, parody songs, fake newscasts, as well as your own stand-up comedy routine.  ID#22312

Afternoon Classes: 12:30 – 2:30
Advanced Rocketry
Ages: 9-14
Instructor: Ryan Cheng
Activity Level: 2
Lab Fee: $20*
You mastered beginner rocketry!  Explore Mid-Power, Multistage, Payloader, Glider & Turbo Vortico Flying Models.  Soar to 2000 ft.  Use B to F engines.  Bring and build three of your favorite rockets based on your skill level (intermediate to expert).  *Fee includes one Estes designer model.  Students must purchase own kits, engines, and use hobby knives.  Launch dates are 4/15 & 4/16 at Hisey Park.  Rain dates are 4/22 & 4/23.  ID#22360

Be a Podcaster
Ages: 7-10
Instructor: P. F. Wilson
Activity Level: 2
Lab Fee: $0
You, our newest podcaster, will learn how to make your own Internet radio show, also known as a podcast.  From choosing what the show will be about to recording, editing, and posting -you will learn the medium from the ground up.  ID#22354

Cool Chemistry I
Ages: 4-6
Instructor: Barbara James
Activity Level: 3
Lab Fee: $40
Measure, mix, swirl and pour into the world of chemistry as we explore reactions that make volcanoes, density bottles, color, slime and much more.  Explore with us in this fun, hands-on class.  ID#22351

Cool Math
Ages: 7-9
Instructor: Gina Baldwin
Activity Level: 3
Lab Fee: $20
Math is so much fun!  Create math art, play new math games (that you won’t even know are math!) and be amazed at how much fun math is.  No timed tests, no homework.  Let’s explore the world of math.  ID#22353

Developing Games with Python – NEW
Ages: 11-14
Instructor: Aidan Gallagher
Activity Level: 3
Lab Fee: $5*
We will use Python to introduce core programming concepts like variables, loops, and conditional statements.  Each day we will learn to develop progressively more advanced games using these concepts, from Mad Libs to Blackjack to a text adventure game.  Geared toward older students who have an interest in computer science and coding.  *Students are required to bring a laptop.  ID#22363

LEGO Mindstorms Robotics!
Ages: 9-11
Instructor: Janet Bockey
Activity Level: 1
Lab Fee: $60
LEGO enthusiasts will have a blast learning to design and build robots using LEGO Mindstorms NXT and EV3. Students will work in pairs to build robots that drive, lift, and interact with obstacles as they master weekly challenges and compete in games!  A favorite highlight will be combining all of the skills they’ve learned to create their ultimate robot for an epic Battling Robot competition!  ID#22358

Muscle Factory in Motion – 1st time in-person
Ages: 4-6
Instructor: Simone Burnett
Activity Level: 1
Lab Fee: $10
Did you know you are supposed to have one hour of exercise a day?  Come put your legs, abs, and arms in motion at the Muscle Factory!  I will be showing you fun ways to wake up sleepy muscles and energize your body!  ID#22352

Nature’s Fury
Ages: 7-11
Instructor: Melanie Simkins
Activity Level: 2
Lab Fee: $5
Mother Nature is not always kind and gentle.  There are several types of natural phenomena that are powerful forces of change, and even destruction, to the environment.  Explore by creating your own tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, and much more!  ID#22356

Physics of Things That Float and Fly – NEW
Ages: 12-14
Instructor: Dr. Ken Brown
Activity Level: 2
Lab Fee: $50
How are micro kites, airplanes, electrical circuits, rockets, and more impacted by physics?  Join me to explore matter, energy, motion, and force through experiments and analysis of things that float and fly.  ID#22364

Settlers of Catan
Ages: 9-12
Instructor: Andrew Speno
Activity Level: 2
Lab Fee: $0
Build a civilization using five main resources: lumber, bricks, grain, wool, and ore.  Plan ahead, get the right balance, and your settlement can be the first to grow into a city.  In this class, we spend half our time playing the Settlers of Catan board game and the other half exploring the five resources in hands-on activities.  ID#22359

The Sew-Sew Class. Time to Sew
Ages: 7-10
Instructor: Priscilla Oehlschlaeger
Activity Level: 1
Lab Fee: $30
Learn how to sew by hand or use a sewing machine.  Design purses, capes, aprons, pillows, dolls, stuffed animals and accessories for your own style. Learn about seam allowances and how to sew on a button. Practice threading a sewing machine.  ID#22355

Stop Motion Animation Extravaganza!
Ages: 10-14
Instructor: Korin Mattei
Activity Level: 3
Lab Fee: $50*
Bring your imagination and master stop motion animation fundamentals while making fun videos.  We will work with LEGO, clay, and paper while you learn to use basic software and bring your own characters to life!  Build your sets, create your backgrounds, sculpt your models and we’ll see what you can do in this highly individualized class.  *Students must bring a tablet or smart phone capable of using Bluetooth and Stop Motion Studio app.  ID#22361

Tai-Chi for Parent and Me – 1st time in-person
Ages: 8-12
Instructor: Mia Burnett
Activity Level: 2
Lab Fee: $20
Yang style Tai-Chi Chuan is an interna style of a slow moving martial art that is used to improve the immune system, increase balance, and improve calmness and patience.  This is the perfect class for a parent and child.  Students must be able to focus and participate in a calm and quiet environment.  Younger students may be permitted to enroll by the instructor.  ID#22357

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter II
Ages: 10-14
Instructor: George Whitaker
Activity Level: 3
Lab Fee: $15
Join this class for an opportunity to live out your wildest wizarding fantasies.  Discover what house you belong to, reenact your favorite Hogwarts classes and delve more deeply into the world of Harry Potter than you have before.  ID#22362


A sampling of past classes not scheduled this term:

Beginning Knitting
Learn how to knit!  We will learn knit and purl stitches, increasing and decreasing, casting on and binding off while making fun projects.  Learn the basics while allowing space for creativity and choice of projects.  Returning beginning knitting students are welcome to come back.  We will review basics the first week, then focus on projects and skills chosen by the student.  Perhaps you’d like to to knit a scarf in your house colours or a jumper without the aid of enchanted knitting needles?

Chess (Little Knights)
Ever want to skewer your opponent?  Learn to win at chess — starting with the basics: how to set up the board, move the pieces and learn what they are worth, checkmate, stalemate, and ‘en passant’.  Progress into pins, forks and skewers, then finish with basic openings, strategies and tactics.  Students will each take home a chess set.

Chess Bootcamp
PREREQUISITE: Students are expected to know the rules of chess and algebraic chess notation.
This class is for chess players who would like to improve on their skills and apply those same skills to the real world. We will examine famous games and MUCH more.  There will also be prizes and a chance to win a 1-year membership to the United States Chess Federation!

Comic Creation
Examine the aspects of what makes great comics: character design, story development, page layout, penciling, and inking.  Discover your voice and create comic pages using traditional paper, pencils, and pens.

Design Thinking
What are Bionic Robots and Reverse Engineering?  Share your passion for design using Solidworks Apps.  Create countless robot constructions using Modular Robotics.  Enhance logical thinking, patterns and sequencing.  Explore tasks on simple machines, circuits, manufacturing and biomimicry.

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
Let your inner-Renaissance creativity take off!  Engage in learning actions to save life.  Build a cargo plane model and use a Kelvin power pole to test it.  Use Bionics, Modular Robotics, and Finch 2.0 Creative Robots to develop stronger critical thinking and collaboration skills — all while having fun!

Introduction to Python 101
Learn the basics of the Python Programming language.  You will be able to understand the fundamental terms and definitions as well as Python’s logic and structure.  We will journey into literals, variables, different numeral systems, and more.  The goal is to prepare you to take the Python certification exam conducted by Python Institute.

Junior Crime Scene Investigation (Jr CSI)
Get your feet wet in the field of Forensic Science.  Use new skills to solve crimes.  Explore how law and science are used to solve cases.  Explore Forensic Odontology, Forensic Toxicology, Trace Evidence, and Questioned Documents.

Strategy Games of the World
Match wits with classmates in more than a dozen ancient and modern strategy games: Mancala from East Africa, Hnefatafl from Scandinavia, Go from Japan, Quoridor from Czechia, Chickapig from USA, and more.  Each game will take a single class to learn but, if you choose, a lifetime to master.

Theory of Chemistry for Young Scientists
Learn the origin of elements, the history of atomic theory, and all about the infamous periodic table.  We will model atoms on paper, name elements, learn their symbols, and do hands-on experiments with basic elements.  We will step further to dissect a battery for zinc and carbon, hydrolyze water into hydrogen and oxygen, and electroplate copper on nickel and nickel on copper.

War in the Pacific     » WATCH VIDEO ADVERTISEMENT «
Wage war in the Pacific during World War II, from Midway to Guadalcanal to Okinawa.  Take the role of Japanese and American forces in simulated battles and compare your results with those of the actual events.  Activities include maritime navigation, building a model fighter plane and LCVP Higgins boat, nursing wounded classmates, and creating a clay model diorama of Iwo Jima.

Brochures for Past Terms