Classes

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

98% of parents surveyed would recommend this program! Find out why!

Natural Born Scientists (Physics) with Dr. Brown

Each session, children choose from a variety of classes that allow them to stretch their abilities in new areas.  More importantly, 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.  Past and present classes include science labs, crime scene investigation, critical thinking, origami, astronomy, chemistry, foreign languages, acting, guitar, economics, journalism, and much more.

Classes for children ages 4 to 14 are listed below and in our brochure.

Teens 13 to 17 may volunteer through The Super Saturday Teen Leader Program , which has been a terrific success during the past several years.  We are excited to extend the program this year, and want interested teens to know they DO NOT have to have previously taken Super Saturday classes.  Teen Leaders assist teachers or the Board with various tasks.

For more information on registering online, see Registration.

Classes listed in alphabetical order:
Morning Classes: 9:30 – 11:30 Afternoon Classes: 12:30 – 2:30
Chess (Little Knights) Be a Cryptologist I
Cool Chemistry II Chess Bootcamp
Get Sparked with ART Computer Programming with Python
It IS Rocket Science! Cool Chemistry I
LEGO Mindstorms Robotics! LEGO Mindstorms Robotics!
Mission Impossible 2 Mission Impossible 1
Scientific Mayhem Multi Stage Model Rockets
Stop Motion Animation Extravaganza! Natural Born Scientists – Next Level Chemistry
Strategy Games of the World Scratch 101
Structural Engineering 101 The Sew-Sew Class. Time to Sew
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Stop Motion Animation Extravaganza!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter II
Class descriptions in age range order:

Morning Classes: 9:30 – 11:30
Scientific Mayhem
Ages: 4-6
Instructor: Lisa Bacu
Activity Level: 2
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#32201  Lab Fee: $20

Get Sparked with ART
Ages: 4-7
Instructor: Priscilla Oehlschlaeger
Activity Level: 1
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#32202  Lab Fee: $30

Chess (Little Knights)
Ages: 5-9
Instructor: Kevin Coleman
Activity Level: 4
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.  ID#32203  Lab Fee: $25

Cool Chemistry II
Ages: 7-10
Instructor: Barbara James
Activity Level: 3
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#32204  Lab Fee: $40

It IS Rocket Science!
Ages: 8-11
Instructor: Ryan Cheng
Activity Level: 2
Interested in high-speed rockets?  How fins are used to control direction, stabilize, and angle the launch?  Join us to build and keep three 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.  NOTE: Rocket launching will be on 11/19 and 11/20 at Hisey Park.  (Rain Dates are 12/10 and 12/11.) ID#32205 Lab Fee: $50

LEGO Mindstorms Robotics!
Ages: 9-11
Instructor: Janet Bockey
Activity Level: 1
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#32206  Lab Fee: $60

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Ages: 8-11
Instructor: George Whitaker
Activity Level: 3
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#32207  Lab Fee: $15

Structural Engineering 101
Ages: 9-12
Instructor: Steven Harm
Activity Level: 4
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#32208  Lab Fee: $30

Stop Motion Animation Extravaganza!
Ages: 10-14
Instructor: Korin Mattei
Activity Level: 3
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#32209  Lab Fee: $50

Mission Impossible 2
Ages: 8-10
Instructor: Mia Burnett
Activity Level: 1
Mission possible!  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to solve problems others deem impossible.  Use creative problem-solving techniques and group cooperation to tackle tasks involving physics, forensics, the environment, your senses, service, nutrition, and more.  ID#32210  Lab Fee: $40

Strategy Games of the World
Ages: 11-14
Instructor: Andrew Speno
Activity Level: 2
Come match wits with classmates in fifteen different strategy games, including Fanarona from Madagascar, Mancala from East Africa, Hnefatafl from Scandinavia/British Isles, Go from China/Japan, and many others invented in more recent times.  Each game will take a single class to learn but, if you choose, a lifetime to master.  ID#32211  Lab Fee: $0

Afternoon Classes: 12:30 – 2:30
Cool Chemistry I
Ages: 4-6
Instructor: Barbara James
Activity Level: 3
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#32251  Lab Fee: $40

LEGO Mindstorms Robotics!
Ages: 7-9
Instructor: Janet Bockey
Activity Level: 1
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#32252  Lab Fee: $60

The Sew-Sew Class. Time to Sew
Ages: 7-10
Instructor: Priscilla Oehlschlaeger
Activity Level: 1
This class is more than just so-so, it’s Sew-Sew!  Design and sew your own purses, headbands, pillows, stuffed animals and accessories based on your own sense of style.  We will learn how to sew by hand and with a sewing machine and will explore techniques including hemlines, seam allowances, and buttons. 
ID#32253  Lab Fee: $30

Mission Impossible 1
Ages: 8-10
Instructor: Mia Burnett
Activity Level: 1
Mission possible!  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to solve problems others deem impossible. Use creative problem-solving techniques and group cooperation to tackle tasks involving physics, forensics, the environment, your senses, service, nutrition, and more.  ID#32255  Lab Fee: $40

Scratch 101
Ages: 8-10
Instructor: Mousumi Sinha
Activity Level: 4
Have fun programming and join us in our Scratch world.  Scratch is an interactive programming language that teaches kids coding using drag and drop blocks where they can create animation, stories and
games.  NOTE: Students need to bring their own tablet or laptop.  ID#32256  Lab Fee: $0

Be a Cryptologist I
Ages: 8-11
Instructor: Andrew Speno
Activity Level: 2
Explore the world of cryptology.  Verbalize dots and dashes to send messages in Morse code; make your
own cipher disk and use it to decrypt secret messages; solve and create route ciphers, pig pen ciphers, anagrams, and rebuses; play group games, including body codes, cipher disk hangman, Wordle, and Online Cryptograms.  ID#32257  Lab Fee: $0

Stop Motion Animation Extravaganza!
Ages: 8-12
Instructor: Korin Mattei
Activity Level: 3
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#32258  Lab Fee: $50

Chess Bootcamp
Ages: 9-14   *Students are expected to know the rules of chess and algebraic chess notation before enrolling into this class.
Instructor: Kevin Coleman
Activity Level: 4
This class is for chess players who would like to improve their skills and apply those skills to the real world. We will examine famous games and MUCH more.  Compete for prizes and a chance to win a 1-year membership to the United States Chess Federation!  ID#32259  Lab Fee: $25

Multi Stage Model Rockets
Ages: 10-14   *Prior experienced is required unless approved by the teacher.
Instructor: Ryan Cheng
Activity Level: 2
You mastered beginner rocketry! Explore multistage model rockets that can reach altitudes up to 2000 ft using B, C, D and E engines.  How do booster motors differ from upper stage motors?  Why is black powder in the top stage? Experiment direct and indirect staging.  Build & keep three models.  NOTE: Rocket launch on 11/19 and 11/20 at Hisey Park.  (Rain dates are 12/10 and 12/11 rain dates.) Must purchase own engines and use hobby knives. ID#32260  Lab Fee: $60

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter II
Ages: 10-14
Instructor: George Whitaker
Activity Level: 3
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 Harry Potter than you have before.  ID#32261  Lab Fee: $25

Natural Born Scientists – Next Level Chemistry
Ages: 11-13
Instructor: Dr. Ken Brown
Activity Level: 2
Discover the science of atomic theory, periodic table, elements, compounds, and chemical reactions.  Make a model of an atom, dissect a battery for carbon and zinc, build an electrolysis cell to break down water into hydrogen and oxygen, electroplate a penny with nickel and then a nickel coin with copper.  Finally, we will make an acid and base indicator using red cabbage.  ID#32262  Lab Fee: $50

Computer Programming with Python
Ages: 11-14
Instructor: Aidan Gallagher
Activity Level: 4
Python is a powerful programming language used to build apps, neural networks and other forms of artificial intelligence. We will use various data types and variables, lists, functions, loops, arrays and more as we learn Python.  This class is geared toward older students who have an interest in computer programming & coding.  NOTE: Students must bring their own laptops.  ID#32263  Lab Fee: $5