Sen. Boucher Welcomes New Westport Business Zaniac

August 25, 2015

The innovative K-8 after-school education enrichment franchise is located at 1391 Post Road East.

WESTPORT – State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) joined state and local officials Aug. 19 to celebrate the opening of Zaniac, an innovative K-8 after-school Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) education enrichment franchise located at 1391 Post Road East.

Zaniac is a national STEM franchise designed from the ground up to prioritize fun, to actively engage and integrate a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving. The company provides a host of STEM learning programs that get K-8 kids excited about math and science. including Zaniac Robotics: LEGO®, Game-Based Learning: Minecraft™, 3D Printing, App Creation and Computer Programming, while preparing them for 21st Century jobs.

“Westport is an outstanding community with a reputation for excellence in education. We look forward to working with the public and private educational community to advance STEM education for K-8 students with programs that make learning math, technology, and other STEM fields of study fun and exciting,” said Zaniac Westport Co-Founder Flavia Naslausky.

“We are very excited that unique companies such as Zaniac choose Westport as the location to serve its clients. Our community welcomes them and wishes them much success,” said Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe.

“Creative, innovative and highly skilled science students are essential to meeting the demands of our increasing technologically advanced civilization,” Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) said. “I applaud the Zaniac program for expanding to Fairfield County. Students from both suburban and urban communities in the area are some of the top performers and young scientists in the state and deserve an opportunity to compete.”

“The educators at Zaniac offer an engaging environment for parents who believe that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is what their kids need to achieve their potential and control their future,” Sen. Hwang said. “I am especially impressed that children in the Zaniac environment can become self-directed, curious scientists with a love of figuring out how the world works.”

Zaniac first entered the Northeast in December 2013 when Greenwich residents Camilla Gazal and Flavia Naslausky launched the first Zaniac franchise in Greenwich at 644 West Putnam Ave. Since opening in Greenwich, more than 500 students K-8 have signed up for Zaniac’s programs.

Gazal and Naslausky recently announced plans for a major expansion of 10 new campuses in the New York Metropolitan area over the next five years. In addition to the new Westport campus, they are opening a new campus on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on Sept. 1.

Zaniac was founded by Paul Zane Pilzer, a college professor, economist, social entrepreneur and best-selling author. Pilzer served as an appointed economic advisor in two White House administrations and has started or taken public six companies in healthcare and K-12 education. Zaniac plans to have 50 campuses open nationwide by 2017.

For more information about Zaniac Westport and the programs they will be offering, visit