Engineering

Zaniac’s Engineering program provides a powerful way to inspire students’ interest, engagement, and understanding in engineering through hands-on exploration and innovation. These courses focus on the design elements of high-quality, engineering-rich tinkering activities, and use a unique approach that helps students learn.

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    Really love Engineering? Expand your skills by participating in our Mastery Progression program where you advance through the listed courses to earn a Certificate of Mastery!

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    Robotics: LEGO® Simple Machines

    Simple Machines is perfect for younger learners who are just getting started with LEGO. Students get an introduction to levers, inclined planes, pulleys, screws, and complete challenges through building motorized mechanisms in teams. For grades K-6.

    Robotics: Intro to LEGO® Robotics

    In Intro to LEGO®, 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 and get introduced to a variety of sensors and motors. For grades 2-8.

    Engineering Takes Flight - Drones!*

    Watch your STEAM Skills Take Off!

    The intersection of engineering and computer science takes flight with Drones! We invite students of all skill levels to learn about drones with Zaniac! In Zaniac’s Drones program, students will use creativity and critical-thinking skills to successfully engineer the design and code behind two drone models. 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. By combining these concepts, students will complete a variety of hands-on challenges and understand the real-world applications of drone technology. For grades 3-8

    Tinkering: Intro to Circuits

    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! For grades K-6.

    Tinkering: Intro to Microcontrollers*

    Intro to Microcontrollers uses open source hardware that makes electronics accessible to all. Learn programming logic through hands-on hardware projects, work with sensors to explore the science of light and sound, and build creatively with real circuit boards to create projects like color-mixing lamps. For grades 5-8.

    *Tinkering: Intro to Circuits and Computer Programming: Intro to Scratch are prerequisites for this course.

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