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.

Zaniac also offers Chess & Touch Typing. Scroll to the bottom to learn more.

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  • gbl Fall 2015

    Solve STEAM challenges and collaborate with friends!

    All Courses Feature

    • Classes meet 90 minutes once a week for six weeks
    • Low ratio of 5 students or less per instructor
    • Use Zaniac’s custom- configured MinecraftEdu server
    • Trade Crafting tips and learn new techniques
    • Personal progress emails after every class from your instructor
    • Peer-based instruction and a fun atmosphere — Learn and build with friends
    • For grades K-8

    Game-Based Learning: Minecraft

    • MinecraftTM Exploration
    • MinecraftTM Galaxy
    • MinecraftTM Architectural Design
    • MinecraftTM Physics
    • MinecraftTM Engineering & Design
    • MinecraftTM Redstone Lab
    • Kerbal Space Program

    MinecraftTM Exploration

    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. No prior experience necessary. For grades K-8 $249

    MinecraftTM 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! For grades K-8 $249.

    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. For grades 3-8. $249

    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. For grades 3-8 $249.

    Minecraft™ Engineering & Design

    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. For grades 3-8 $249.

    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. For grades: 3-8 $249.

    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. For grades 3-8 $249.

    Intro to 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 deep-thinking skills that are applicable in all aspects of life. For grades K-8 $199

    Chess Mastery

    Learn the principles of positional play. Develop mastery over complex and obscure moves like the fiancetto and en passant while expanding on skills in every phase of the game. Discover the history of the game through the lens of tournament and grandmaster-level play, and play variants like Bughouse that hone specific skills to mastery. Enjoy challenging Chess Tournaments with your friends and instructors at the Zaniac Campus. Chess Mastery promotes strategic and analytical thinking as well as spatial reasoning, math, memory and logic skills. For grades K-8 $199

    Touch Typing

    Learn how to type effectively for taking tests, doing homework, and engaging in today’s technology-driven world. Zaniac’s Touch Typing classes help your child increase typing proficiency for increased confidence and success in school. For grades K-8 $199