Thanks to a grant for Family Outings from RBC Capital Markets, WomenRising’s clients were able to take a field trip to Zaniac to have a day of fun combined with learning new and useful skills.


A variety of age groups took part in activities that focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) enrichment programming then ended the day enjoying delicious pizza. Zaniac staff split up the children into separate age groups and had them take part in two main activities: Robot Soccer and Game-Based Learning using Minecraft.

Robot Soccer was a breeze for all who played, and equally as exciting for parents and staff to watch. However, when it was time for the younger age group to get their chance to learn through Minecraft, one of the younger girls, Latrice, opted out and decided to play with something easier to handle. She stated, “I don’t know how to play, so I don’t want to do it.”


But, Zaniac’s owner, Sonali Pai, would not take no as an answer. After much encouragement, the young girl was on the computer chopping down trees and using her limitless resources to build whatever she could imagine. When asked at the end of the field trip what everyone’s favorite part was, Latrice was the first to raise her hand and enthusiastically declared, “MINECRAFT!”

Thanks to Zaniac and the RBC Foundation, WomenRising’s clients were able to ignite their imagination while building confidence in STEAM with Zaniac’s educational curriculum.