"Flavia Naslausky, co-owner of Zaniac, part of a Utah-based STEM-education franchise, said being foreign-educated, she and co-owner Camilla Gazal realized math education in the U.S. “wasn’t up to speed with the rest of the world.” They opened the first East Coast franchise of Zaniac on Putnam Avenue in December 2013. Both are mothers who grew up in Brazil and have professional backgrounds in finance.
The brightly colored Zaniac open campus offers classes in the company’s math curriculum, computer programming, live robotics, 3-D printing, tinkering, game design, Minecraft and touch typing after school and at summer camp, Gazal said.
About 500 Zaniac students have come through in the past 18 months, the owners said. Going into the summer, about 250 youths are signed up for camp, a more than 100 percent increase from their first summer last year, Gazal said. They also partner with schools.
Naslausky and Gazal said they expected students to come from Greenwich, but they’re seeing enrollment from as far as New York City. They plan to open a new location in the Westport/Fairfield area by the end of the summer in time for the coming school year."