Summer Camps

Calling all Coders, Engineers, Scientists, Explorers and Designers!

Enter Zaniac’s STEAM Lab for Kids!

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Discover how the world works! Spark your child’s curiosity in our Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Summer Camps!

We engage your child’s mind with interactive Summer Camps to explore, learn, research, experiment and innovate. Enjoy popular favorites & NEW Camps this Summer! Use our cutting-edge tools to create projects and experiments led by our role model instructors.

Each Summer Camp features small camp sizes to provide a personalized and exceptional experience for every child.

Have a blast with our STEAM Lab Summer Camps in our safe & fun Zaniac Campus located in Biltmore Park Town Square in South Asheville!

AVL summer camps 2021

Summer 2021 – STEAM Camps that Wow!

Summer Camps Run Weekly June 1 – August 20

Kids will have a blast in our safe & fun campus located in Biltmore Park Town Square!

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Zane Math

Enjoy our fun-filled approach to Math where campers can even draw on our walls! Every Math Camper takes an individual Math Assessment so we can customize a math program for each child from our 14,000 math problems database. We make math so fun and easy to understand that kids can’t wait to come back.

STEAM Quest: Wizardry Wonders

Calling all Tech Wizards! Cast a spell with your own 3D Printed magic wand to take home! Create a magic spell in Scratch and watch your animation change with Code. Harness your computational powers as you tinker with circuits! Revelio Zaniaco! Camps for kids Grades K-2, 3-5.

STEAM Quest: Space Engineers

Explore a whole new universe and be astronauts in 2021. Learn about aerospace engineering and orbital mechanics by completing a series of missions. Let’s use Kerbal Space Program to understand flying technologies. Campers will explore space gloves, rockets & rovers as well as remote sensing devices in a series of engineering projects. Camps for Kids in Grades 3-5 and 6-8.

Engineering: Beginner Robotics

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! Camps for Kids in Grades K-2.

Engineering: Robot Inventors NEW!

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. In Robot Inventor Camp, you get to combine colorful LEGO building elements, easy-to-use hardware, and an intuitive drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch. Let our Instructors and SPIKE Prime engage your child through fun, real-world learning activities to think critically and solve complex problems. Let your kids become the innovative minds of tomorrow! Camps for Kids in Grades 3-5 and 6-8.

Engineering: Advanced Robotics

Work with our robotics experts to build more complex robot systems using our LEGO EV3 Robotics System! Learn about sensors and motors, the scientific method, forces, and design through exploring scientific and engineering concepts. Camps for Kids in Grades 3-5 and 6-8

Engineering: Electronics Lab

Get charged up! Campers will be introduced to the basic properties of electricity and electronics. Learn the fundamentals behind circuitry and how circuits are used in the technological devices we use today. Kids will be able to create circuits to shine a light bulb, spin a motor and produce sounds. Camps for Kids in Grades K-2 and 3-5.

Engineering: Mechanical Engineering

Think, build, create! Our engineering camp explores mechanical engineering through hands-on exploration and innovation. You will get an introduction to levers, inclined planes, pulleys, screws, and complete challenges through building motorized mechanisms in teams. Camps for Kids in Grades K-2 and 3-5.

Engineering: Mechatronics

Students 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. In circuits, students use littleBits and Snap circuits to learn about basic inputs, outputs, analogs, electricity, and more! Camps for kids in Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Game-Based Learning: Minecraft Explorer

Game-Based Learning using Minecraft™ capitalizes on the love you already have for the game as we explore math (like Cartesian coordinates) 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. Camps for Kids in Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Game-Based Learning: Minecraft Galaxy

Game-Based Learning using Minecraft™ capitalizes on the love you already have for the game as we explore the galaxy! 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 camp culminates with a team-building space rescue! Camps for Kids in Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Game-Based Learning: Minecraft Redstone Lab

Enter the electrifying Redstone Lab, the circuit equivalent in Minecraft that allows students to use electrical engineering concepts to create complex machines such as a clock or a calculator. Learn about inputs, outputs, logic gates. Use critical-thinking skills to solve electrical challenges throughout the laboratory. Camps for Kids in Grades 3-5 and 6-8.

Game-Based Learning: Minecraft Engineering & Design

Campers 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. Camps for Kids in Grades 3-5 and 6-8.

Game-Based Learning: Kerbal Space Program

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, learn through experimentation, and unleash their creativity with an iterative design approach. Camps for Kids in Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Game-Based Learning: Chess

Chess Camp helps your child develop strategic thinking skills critical to success. Chess helps develop higher order thinking skills, enhances creativity, and improves memory—while giving your child a leg up at school. Camps for Kids in Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Coding: Scratch Coder

Intro to Scratch teaches programming concepts such as sequences, loops, iterative development, and debugging using a modern, block-based approach. Students create animations and videos to share with friends and family. Camps for Kids in Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Coding: Game Design with Scratch

Create a new game every camp and program classic arcade games (like Pac-Man) and more. Learn advanced concepts, such as broadcasting, variables, and adaptability while working on collaborative learning skills. Camps for Kids in Grades 3-5 and 6-8.

Coding: Computer Science Lab with micro:bit

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. It is a project-based curriculum with a maker philosophy at its core; the idea is that by making physical objects, students create a context for learning the coding and computer science concepts and using interesting problems that students want to solve! Camps for Kids in Grades 6-8.

Art & Design: 3D Printing & Design

Learn advanced, professional level 3D modeling and CAD techniques! With an emphasis on functional design and robust modeling, students will learn the specifics of how 3D Print & Design is used today. Learn about the software used in college design and architecture classes, slicer software and how to alter your own print settings. Camps for Kids in Grades 3-5 and 6-8.

Art & Design: Fashion Design

Design 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! Camps for Kids in Grades 3-5 and 6-8.

Science: Earth Science

Understand water cycles and the impact of the weather. 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 understand the power tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. Can you construct a home that will withstand the fury of mother nature? Let’s take a scientific look at our changing climate. Camps for Kids in Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8

Science: Space Science

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? Join us as we explore space through the eyes of an astronaut. Let’s learn more about the planets, moons, stars and space technology. 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. Using what you have learned in this camp, will you be able to survive in space? Camps for Kids in Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Science: Kitchen Chemistry NEW!

Join us for the most delicious week of the summer! Do you know what makes something soft or hard, or a solid, liquid, or gas? Chemistry tells you. We’ll make goop, cause chemical reactions, create yummy treats and munch, munch more! Each activity will illustrate an important chemistry concept. Camps for Kids in Grades K-2.

Science: Astronomy Explorers NEW!

Let’s climb into space to investigate the Sun, our Moon and the planets. See how big and small these objects are. Travel to the stars and find pictures in the sky with your own eyes. Explore how we are traveling through space today. Camps for kids Grades 3-5.

Science: Into the Wild: Animal Explorers NEW!

Scales and bones, feathers and fur – take a walk on the wild side and learn about all kinds of animals this week, living or extinct! Become a paleontologist and dig for fossils, compare characteristics, behaviors and adaptations of animals from amphibians to mammals. Discover the relationship between predators and their prey. Camps for Kids in Grades K-2, 3-5.

Zaniac Summer Camps Feature:
  • Fun, safe and encouraging environment
  • Cutting-edge tools to create projects + conduct experiments
  • Small camp sizes grouped by age = exceptional experience
  • Gain STEAM skills + avoid the summertime slide
  • Weekly feedback from role model instructors
  • Make new friends & boost confidence
  • Camps are grouped by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8
All-Day Weekly Camps
  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Camp fee: $449 (Weeks of June 1 and July 6: $359)

Half-Day Weekly Camps
  • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Camp fee: $279 (Weeks of June 1 and July 6: $229)
  • Monthly installment payment option available. Call us!

    Make Summer Camp Plans with Confidence!

    Multiple Cancellation or Rescheduling Options Available

    Please Note: Our Summer Camps sell out and flexibility becomes a challenge as the summer gets closer. We have made necessary changes to our cancellation policy with that factor in mind. For camps between June 1 and August 31: For cancellations made at least 30 days prior to the start date of camp, the customer has the option of either (i) having the amount paid refunded less a cancellation fee of $75 per camp (or the total amount if it is less than $75), or (ii) having the amount paid added as a credit to your Zaniac account. For cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start date of the camp, there is no refund or credit (with the specific exception that if the cancellation is due to the camper’s documented COVID-19 diagnosis or quarantine order then the customer will receive credit to their Zaniac account of the amount paid less a cancellation fee of $75 per camp). Any amount credited will be maintained as a credit on your account and can be used for any future purchases made within 1 year of the cancellation. Your credit is transferable to any family member.