Game Based Learning

At Zaniac we use Minecraft and Kerbal Space Program (KSP) as a tool to teach real world math, science, and technology skills. Minecraft and Kerbal Space Program reinforce math concepts and introduce students to physical and life sciences. Kids learn with their peers in a fun, team format while developing critical reasoning skills. Enroll
GBL Fall 2015

In-Person Courses Feature
  • For grades K-8
  • Classes meet for 90 minutes, 1x week, for six weeks (total 9 hours)
  • Low ratio of 5 students or less per instructor
  • Use Zaniac’s custom- configured MinecraftEdu server
  • Personal progress emails after every class from your instructor
  • Peer-based instruction and a fun atmosphere — Learn and build with friends
  • Students are allowed to reschedule 2 out of 6 classes (in addition to official school breaks and with prior notice only)
  • In-Person Group Tuition: $398
Online Courses Feature*:
  • For grades K-8
  • 1-hour classes (total 6 hours)
  • Meet your instructor 1, 2, 3…. 6 times a week during online Program Hours: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Low ratio of 1:3 students or less per instructor
  • Classes will be hosted via Google Hangouts or Zoom
  • Students are allowed to reschedule 2 out of 6 classes (in addition to official school breaks and with prior notice only)
  • Parents are required to purchase the Minecraft Java Edition*
  • Online Group Tuition: $408

*On campus, Zaniac uses which is an educational version of Minecraft specifically designed for classroom use and contains features that make Minecraft easy to use in a classroom setting. is not however, compatible with online learning because of specific problems with licenses and server set-up. Parents will need to purchase the Minecraft Java Edition in order to participate in the any Zaniac Online game-based learning classes and camps. TheJava Edition costs $26.95. This is a one-time charge for unlimited use. This amount will not be reimbursed by Zaniac. Zaniac will send you an installation guide when you sign up your child.

Become a Master!

Really love Game-Based Learning: MinecraftTM? Expand your skills by participating in our Mastery Progression program where you advance through the listed courses to earn a Certificate of Mastery!

Earn a Certificate of Mastery in Game-Based Learning: MinecraftTM by completing all six courses:

  • MinecraftTM Biosphere
  • MinecraftTM Galaxy
  • MinecraftTM Architectural Design
  • MinecraftTM Physics
  • MinecraftTM Industry & Production
  • MinecraftTM Redstone Lab
  • Kerbal Space Program

GBL: Minecraft™ Biosphere

In Minecraft™ Biosphere, 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. No prior experience necessary.

GBL: Galaxy*

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!

*GBL: Minecraft Biosphere is a prerequisite for this course.

GBL: MinecraftTM Architectural Design*

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.

*GBL: Minecraft Exploration is a prerequisite for this course.

GBL: Minecraft™ Physics*

Get introduced to the world of physics and explore Newton’s Laws, mechanics, and thermo-dynamics. Begin working with advanced concepts like fluid physics and electromagnetics, all in the Minecraft universe.

*GBL: Minecraft Exploration is a prerequisite for this course.

GBL: Minecraft™ Industry & Production*

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 and powered facilities dedicated to creating products from raw materials, and a logistics network that can quickly and efficiently move items to where they are needed.

*GBL: Minecraft Exploration is a prerequisite for this course.

GBL: Minecraft™ Redstone Lab*

It’s electrifying!

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 through the latest version of Minecraft. Using their creativity and critical-thinking skills, students will help scientists solve electrical challenges throughout the laboratory.

*Minecraft Exploration and Minecraft Physics are prerequisites for this program.

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.