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Super Saturdays Offering Spring Registration

The classes will be offered on four consecutive Saturdays between Feb. 9 and March 2.

Written by Callie Jones

The Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) at Texas Tech University is hosting Super Saturdays, an academic enrichment program for gifted and high-achieving elementary and middle school-aged students. The classes will be offered on four consecutive Saturdays between Feb. 9 and March 2.

Registration must be mailed, faxed or submitted in person and include a copy of the student’s most recent report card or a letter of recommendation from the student’s teacher or school official.

For more information on the class schedule, pricing, and to download a registration form, visit

The classes being offered this spring include:

  • Cooking and Cultures, grades 1-6
  • Students explore the tastes of Mexico, Italy, the Mediterranean and France by making recipes from these countries and learning about the culture of each country as well.

  • All the World’s a Stage, grades K-6
  • Students learn the basics of stage performance and delivery as well as confidence when performing. The students will put on a final performance for family and friends at the last class meeting.

  • In the Lab, grades 4-6
  • Students explore experiments in the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry and physics and learn about several scientific disciplines.

  • Animal Science, grades 3-6
  • Students learn about meat, animals, food production and food science. Trips to the Texas Tech New Deal Field Laboratory and hands-on work with horses, cattle, sheep and pigs will be provided.

  • Dino-Rock, grades K-2
  • Basic paleontology is the focus, as students perform experiments and activities that help understand excavation and learn about dinosaur behavior and fossils.

  • Lego Robotics, grades 2-6
  • Students will design a LEGO robot to perform specific tasks. On the last class, all robots will participate in a competition to determine the best design.

  • Spanish in Action, grades K-6
  • Students learn Spanish to help with communication, travel and careers. Culture exploration, games and music of Spanish-speaking countries also will be a focus.

  • Adventures in Art, grades K-6
  • Students experiment in painting, color, shapes and drawing with an emphasis on design and creativity.

  • Architecture, grades 2-3
  • Students draw, design and create through various activities like reconstructing Stonehenge, bridge building and building geodesic domes.

  • Experiments Galore, grades K-1
  • Students observe, investigate and experiment with different kinds of science by participating in activities such as making volcanoes, rockets and invisible ink.

  • Toxicology, grades 4-6
  • Students participate in experiments to learn about pharmaceuticals, pollutions, animal toxins and chemicals, and how they affect the community and environment.

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