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.

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Zaniac Semesters!

Save with Zaniac Semester Courses in the Fall and Winter after school. Select a Course below and find a day & time that fits your schedule! 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. Zaniac Semester Courses run for three months in the Fall and in the Winter. That’s 18 hours of learning per Course! Classes meet the same day & time each week.

Zaniac Semester Courses 2019-20

Select your day from our schedule below. All weekday classes meet at 3:30 p.m. or 5:15 p.m. See Saturday offerings and times below. Choose the Zaniac Semester Course and time right for your schedule.



Zaniac Semester Courses!

Scientists I (Earth Science + Space Science)

$140/month ($420 total)
Grades: K-8
Offered: Mondays or Wednesdays

Math I (Math + Chess)

$130/month ($390 total)
Grades: K-8
Offered: Tuesdays or Thursdays Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Math II (Math + Chess Mastery)

$130/month ($390 total
Grades: 3-8
Offered: Fridays
Saturdays at 11:45

Coders I (Scratch + Game Design)

$120/month ($360 total).
Grades: K-8
Offered: Mondays or Wednesdays
Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Coders II (Beg. Python + Inter. Python)

$140/month ($420 total)
Grades: 3-8
Offered: Thursdays
Saturdays at 11:45 a.m.

Coders III (Beg. Java + Inter. Java)

$140/month ($420 total)
Grades: 3-8
Offered: Fridays
Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.

Engineers I (Circuits Lab + Simple Machines)

$120/month ($360 total)
Grades: K-8
Offered: Tuesdays or Fridays

Engineers II (Beg Robotics + Intro to Circuits)

$120/month ($360 total)
Grades: K-8
Offered: Wednesdays

Engineers III (Adv Robotics + Drones)

$140/month ($420 total)
Grades: 3-8
Offered: Thursdays

Designers I (3D Printing Intro + GarageBand)

$130/month ($390 total)
Grades: 3-8
Offered: Mondays

Designers II (3D Printing Adv + Minecraft Architectural Design)

$130/month ($390 total)
Grades: 3-8
Offered: Tuesdays

Explorers I (Minecraft Exploration + Blockly Coder)

$120/month ($360 total)
Grades: K-8
Offered: Mondays and Thursdays
Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Explorers II (Minecraft Galaxy + Kerbal Space)

$130/month ($390 total)
Grades: 3-8
Offered: Tuesdays or Fridays
Saturdays at 11:45 a.m.

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

$130/month ($390 total)
Grades: 3-8
Offered: Wednesdays
Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.


Zaniac Semester Features:
  • Small class sizes with a 5:1 student to instructor ratio
  • Progress through curriculum-based STEAM Programs and gain 21st century skills
  • Peer-based instruction from role model instructors
  • Make new friends in our fun and safe high-tech campus
  • Personal progress reports

Zaniac Semester Course Descriptions

Scientists I (Earth & Space Science)

Grades K-8
Surviving the fury of mother nature can be a challenge. Learn what a meteorologist looks at to determine our weather. Explore our twisting, shaking, moving Earth as we explore the power of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes with hands-on activities and experiments. Can you construct a home that will withstand the fury of mother nature? After exploring our Earth, let’s go into Space! Let’s explore space through the eyes of an astronaut! Travel our solar system and participate in real astronaut training activities, including living in space. Explore technologies space scientists and astronauts use, including lunar rovers and robotic arms. Will you be able to survive in space? 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!


Math II (Math + Chess)

Grades K-8
Advance your math skills and learn the principles of positional play with Chess. Develop mastery over complex and obscure moves like the fiancetto and en passant while expanding on skills in every phase of the game. 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 (Beginner Python & Intermediate Python)

Grades 3 -8
Students will learn about turtles—little arrows students use to program. Students will use turtles to learn loops, methods to make drawing numbers/shapes easier, and conditionals which change the way the turtle will move based on what they tell it to do. These techniques will help students learn how python works, and how to program, while keeping it fun. Students will learn about the shell of python including data types, lists, conditionals and methods. With the commands and techniques used in the real world, kids 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!

Coders III (Beginning Java and Intermediate Java)

Grades 3 -8
Learn the basic syntax of Java, an enterprise-level programming language, by controlling the robot Karel! Create and navigate different types of worlds, and have Karel draw shapes and letters. Student learn the advanced syntax of Java, a "write once, run everywhere" programming language. Use principles like variables, classes, methods, code efficiency, and automation, to build a text adventure game, a calculator and more. 18 hours of learning!

Engineers I (Little Engineers 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!

Engineers III (Advanced Robotics + Drones)

Grades 3-8
Learn the basics of robotics, the scientific method, forces, and design through exploring scientific and engineering concepts. Build and program robotic solutions to defined projects and get introduced to a variety of sensors and motors. Students will understand nature’s influence on the technology and the design of drones. Explore physics and geometry to understand how the anatomy of a drone supports its course of flight and how to program their drone with block programming commands to pilot their drone's flight path. Understand the real-world applications of drone technology, by completing a variety of hands-on challenges. 18 hours of learning!

Designers I (Intro to 3D Printing & GarageBand)

Grades K-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!

Designers II (3D Printing Advanced & Minecraft Architectural Design)

Grades 3-8
Zaniac’s 3D Printing curriculum enables kids to understand and work with cutting-edge technology to help them prepare for the future! Get immersed in the engineering and design process and discover how 3D Printing works! In Architectural Design, students learn the basics of urban planning and building design. Explore real-world architectural landmarks through Google Maps & Street View, then take that knowledge and apply it to designing a cityscape using Minecraft™ and Tinkercad. 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 (Minecraft Galaxy & Kerbal Space)

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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