After-School STEM Enrichment Franchise Launches Course to Teach
Students Urban Planning through Minecraft™, 3D Design Software
SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–If you think urban planning, structural design and the study of
landmarks is just for adults, guess again. At Zaniac,
a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) enrichment
franchise for students in grades K-8, kids are starting young. This
month, Zaniac will launch an Architectural Design course at campuses
nationwide where students can design structures, cities and towns using
the popular video game Minecraft while learning about key math and
science concepts that relate to city planning.
The Game-Based Learning: Architectural Design course, which launches
Sept. 28, will offer second through eighth grade students the
opportunity to explore cities near and far using Google Maps as a
vehicle for interacting with urban planning and architecture. Through
the 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software Tinkercad and Minecraft,
students will import structures into Minecraft, delve into design
elements and learn first-hand about city issues.
“The urban planning architectural program is designed for kids who might
not love traditional STEM courses,” said Zaniac President and Chief
Academic Officer Sidharth Oberoi. “Students will gain a real world
understanding of what it takes to design a functioning cityscape, which
inspires creativity and sharpens critical thinking skills.”
In the class, students will encounter real-world challenges that come
with urban planning, such as factoring in zoning issues and learning why
cities are strategically set up in certain ways from an architectural
standpoint. The course aims to teach students 21st century
skills that will prepare kids for future jobs.
Zaniac currently has two campuses open in Salt Lake City and Park City,
Utah, in addition to franchises in Florida, Connecticut and New York
City. A Boston-area campus is opening in October in Woburn,
Massachusetts. The fast-growing franchise plans to reach 50 campuses by
The new game-based learning program is a 90-minute class that meets once
a week for six weeks, and the five-to-one student to instructor ratio
ensures a personalized, peer-based educational experience.
In addition to Architectural Design, Zaniac offers a multitude of STEM
learning programs that get kids excited to learn math and science while
preparing them for 21st century jobs, including Zaniac
Robotics: LEGO®, Game-Based Learning: Minecraft™, App Creation, 3D
Printing, Fashion Design and Computer Programming.
For more information about Zaniac, or how to enroll in the Architectural
Design program, visit www.zaniaclearning.com.
Zaniac makes math, technology, and other STEM fields of study fun,
helping K-8 kids to engage, develop confidence, and measurably improve
their academic performance. Zaniac is like school at its best—an active,
inspiring place filled with friends and friends-to-be. Zaniac, a
division of Park City, Utah-based Zane Prep, is looking to expand its
franchise nationwide. For more information, visit www.zaniaclearning.com.
Kayla Atwell, (847) 945-1300