Zaniac Semester Courses

Designed to fit your schedule after school!

Be a Scientist, Coder, Engineer, Designer, Explorer or Mathematician. Prepare your child for today’s world with one of our curriculum-based STEAM Semester Courses. Save Big! Monthly payment plans available. Enroll
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STEM Semester Courses Start the Week of January 10!

Enroll your child in a weekly after-school STEAM program for the school semester. Engage with fun problem-solving to ignite imagination, foster a love of learning and boost confidence!

Zaniac Semester Courses are after school and run for three months starting in the Winter. That’s 18 hours of learning per Course! Classes meet at 3:30 p.m. the same day each week. Select a Course below that fits your schedule!

Zaniac has 15 Semester Courses, rotating between each school semester so your child is continually challenged and expanding their learning.

    Experience the Zaniac difference!

  • Talented and vetted role model instructors
  • Small class sizes for an exceptional experience
  • Peer-based learning
  • Regular feedback and progress reports
  • Safe and fun state-of-the-art campus

Research from the Department of Education shows early exposure to STEAM enrichment has positive impacts across the entire spectrum of learning and contributes to success at school! Gain the skills and confidence needed to thrive in our 21st century world.

All classes are 3:30-5pm

STEM Semester Courses range from $299 - $420

Monday 1/10

Math (6 weeks)
Advanced Chess (6 weeks)

Tuesday 1/11

Coders II Beginner Python + Intermediate Python
Explorers I Minecraft Exploration + Blockly Coding

Wednesday 1/12

Engineers III Advanced Robotics + Micro Bits
Engineers I Mechatronics + Going Green with Minecraft

Thursday 1/13

Coders III Beginner Java + Intermediate Java
Designers I 3D Design and Printing + Minecraft Architectural Design

Friday 1/14

Coders I Introduction to Scratch Coding + Game Design with Scratch
Scientists I Earth Science + Kitchen Chemistry

Zaniac Semester Course Descriptions
Scientists I (Earth & Space)

Grades K-8
In Earth Science, understand water cycles and the impact of the weather. Learn what a meteorologist looks at to determine our weather. Explore our twisting, shaking, moving Earth as we understand the power tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. Let’s take a scientific look at our changing climate. In Space Science, we explore space through the eyes of an astronaut. Journey with us as we travel through our solar system and participate in real astronaut-training activities, including living in space. Discover the technologies that space scientists and astronauts use, including lunar rovers and robotic arms. 18 hours of learning!

Math I (Math + Chess)

Grades K-8
We will identify Math concepts your child knows and introduce new Math concepts with our comprehensive Math curriculum. Advance your student’s skills in math. Learn how to set up a chess board and strategically move every piece. Use algebraic notation to record your games and analyze other games. Develop an understanding of the principles in each part of the game that will lead to success in chess, and hone strategic-thinking skills. 18 hours of learning!

Coders I (Scratch & Game Design)

Grades K-8
Become a coder! Learn programming concepts with Scratch such as sequences, loops, iterative development, and debugging using a modern, block-based approach. Create animations and videos to share with friends and family. In Game Design, learn advanced concepts including variables and adaptability while creating a new game or programming a classic game like Pac Man. create a new game and program classic games like Pac-man. Fosters collaboration. 18 hours of learning!

Coders II (Computer Science with Micro:bits & Beg. Python)

Grades 3 -8
Get an introduction to coding and computer science by way of making and design, using the new micro:bit microcontroller board, and Microsoft’s easy and powerful MakeCode block-based coding environment. The graduate to learning Python coding where students will learn about turtles—little arrows students use to program, while keeping it fun. With the commands and techniques used in the real world, students will be introduced to a written programming language—a sought after skill. Explore principles like variables, classes, methods, code efficiency, and automation. 18 hours of learning!

Engineers I (Circuits Lab + Simple Machines)

Grades K-5
Think, build and create! Explore mechanical and electrical engineering through hands-on exploration and innovation! Technology is a powerful way to teach kids engineering skills with littleBits circuits, LEGO EV3 robots, drones and more. 18 hours of learning!

Engineers II (Beginning Robotics + Intro to Circuits)

Grades K-5
Technology and math skills come to life as we teach kids the basics of Robotics using lots of hands-on activities. We will spark curiosity with our friends Ozobot and DashBot! Intro to Circuits uses littleBits™, a system of modules that magnetically snap together to build projects ranging from flashlights to synthesizers. Learn about basic inputs, outputs, analogs, electricity, and more! 18 hours of learning!

Designers I (Intro to 3D Printing & GarageBand)

Grades 3-8
Discover the A in STEAM and how Art integrates with technology! Get hands-on experience with real-world music production equipment and bring your song ideas to life! Zaniac’s 3D Printing curriculum enables kids to work with cutting edge technology and get immersed in the engineering and design process, printing their own unique and exciting ideas and turning them into a reality. In GarageBand, use a Digital Audio Workstation to learn the basics of musical notation and form. Students work through looping, editing, sound manipulation, and capturing vocals and MIDI instrumentation to create their own music. 18 hours of learning!

Explorers I (Minecraft Exploration + Blockly Coder)

Grades K-8
In Minecraft™ Exploration, students learn Cartesian coordinates and use them to navigate while working together with friends to accomplish group missions. Explore real science and engineering concepts like biomes and gravity playing a game you love. Learn the basics of using the Blockly Coding language with some help from our robot Dash! Oh, and our most awesome Zaniac instructors, too! Blockly is an intuitive and visual way to learn how to code. 18 hours of learning!

Explorers II (Kerbal Space & Minecraft Galaxy)

Grades 3-8
In Galaxy, students learn about Earth's oceans and undersea life with the Oceancraft mod, and explore space with the Galacticraft mod. Design and build rockets that travel to the moon, International Space Station, and even Mars. The final class culminates with a team-building space rescue! Kerbal Space Program is a single player game where players get to explore a whole new universe by creating and managing their own space program. In Zaniac’s Kerbal Space Program course, students explore aerospace engineering and orbital mechanics by designing, testing, and launching airplanes and rockets to complete a series of missions. Through this course they develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and unleash their creativity with an iterative design approach. 18 hours of learning!

Explorers III (Minecraft Redstone Lab + Minecraft Engineering & Design)

Grades 3-8
Redstone is the circuit equivalent in Minecraft that allows students to use electrical engineering concepts to create complex machines such as a clock or a calculator. In Zaniac’s Redstone Lab program, students will learn about inputs, outputs, logic gates and more with Minecraft. Using their creativity and critical-thinking skills, students will help scientists solve electrical challenges throughout the laboratory. Students explore the inner workings of manufacturing and heavy industry, ranging from baseline resource gathering to advanced metal production. With the simplified tools provided by Minecraft, students set up working facilities to create products from raw materials, and set up a logistics network that can efficiently move items to where they are needed. 18 hours of learning!

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