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 STEM Semester Courses. Save Big! Monthly payment plans available. Enroll
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Enroll your child in a weekly after-school STEM program for a 12-week 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 12 weeks in the Fall/Winter and Winter/Spring. Classes meet from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. the same day each week. That’s 18 hours of learning per Course! Each Semester Course is just $449 (just under $150/month). Or if you’re interested in just a 6-week Course, the price is $299. Monthly payment plans are available.

With over 15 Semester Courses rotating between school semesters, your child is continually challenged and expanding their learning. Select a Course that fits your interest and schedule!

Bonus Zaniac Time! Arrive as early as 2:30 p.m. on your class day and enjoy free STEM time in our campus.

    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 STEM 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.

Zaniac Semester Course Schedule

Winter Classes Start the Week of January 22, 2024

Note: Schedule subject to change based on student interest and instructor availability.

Mondays (choose from):

Coders l - Intro to Scratch / Game Design with Scratch, Grades 3-8

Coders lll - Micro Bits / Makey/Makey, Grades 3-8

Tuesdays (choose from):

Math l - Intro to Chess / Math, Grades K-8

Engineers l - Interactive Engineering / Future Builders, Grades K-2

Wednesdays (choose from):

Explorers ll - Minecraft Redstone / Minecraft Engineering and Design, Grades 3-8

Thursdays (choose from):

Explorers l Minecraft Exploration / Minecraft Galaxy Grades, K-5

Zaniac Semester Course Descriptions

Coders I (Intro to Scratch / Game Design with Scratch)

Grades K-8
In Scratch, 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 III (Micro:bits / Makey Makey)

Grades 3-8
In Micro:bits, 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. In Makey Makey, students dive headfirst into the exciting world of invention, exploration, and hands-on learning. Makey Makey technology revolutionizes the way we interact with the world around us, empowering students to transform everyday objects into extraordinary inventions. Engage in a series of stimulating challenges and creative projects, from turning bananas into piano keys to transforming playdough into game controllers, the possibilities are endless! Learn the principles of circuits, coding basics, and design thinking while creating your own unique inventions. 18 hours of learning!

Designers I (Fashion Design / 3D Printing)

Grades 3-8
IIn Fashion Design, explore one-of-a-kind looks using digital modeling and create custom, wearable accessories through 3D printing. Explore color theory and use the open-source vector graphics software Inkscape. Assemble your own custom garment designs by assembling mood boards, drawing vectors, arranging nodes, and layering color palettes. Something for every taste—from dresses to sports gear! 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. 18 hours of learning!

Engineers I (Interactive Engineering / Future Design Builders)

Grades K -2
What is Engineering? Our students will use the Engineering Design Process to help solve problems and participate in hands-on challenges to explore construction, aerodynamics, structures, forces, and circuits. They will discover that they have the talent and potential for designing and improving technologies. In Future Design Builders, our young visionaries transform dreams into reality and creativity meets construction! This program is a haven for budding architects, engineers, and designers eager to explore the limitless possibilities of the future. Through a blend of hands-on activities and design challenges, campers will embark on an exciting journey to envision and build the world of tomorrow. 18 hours of learning!

Engineers III (Robot Inventors / Circuits Lab)

Grades 3-8
Robot Inventors design multiple prototypes to find the most effective way to move a robot without using wheels or test the efficiency of two different grabber designs. Use SPIKE Prime for fun, real-world learning activities to think critically and solve complex problems. In Circuits Lab, students embark on an electrifying journey into the world of circuits featuring littleBits™—a modular system designed to seamlessly snap together and create an array of projects, from illuminating flashlights to crafting intricate synthesizers. Dive into the fundamentals of inputs, outputs, analogs, and electricity, discovering the magic behind these essential components. Explore the interplay of basic circuitry and expand your knowledge through engaging activities. 18 hours of learning!

Explorers I (Minecraft Exploration / Minecraft Galaxy)

Grades K-5
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. In Minecraft 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! 18 hours of learning!

Explorers II (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!

Math I (Math / Chess)

Grades K-8
In Math, 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. In Chess, 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!

Scientists II (Earth Science / Ocean Explorers)

Grades K-5
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 Ocean Explorers, dive under the water's surface and learn about the largest habitat in the world. Discover how marine mammals are adapted for life in the ocean and learn all about the different animals that call the ocean their home with hands-on activities and fun projects. Learn just what it takes to be a friend to the natural world and how to protect our oceans and take steps to help in conservation science. 18 hours of learning!