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To  think like a designer requires dreaming up wild ideas,taking time to tinker and test, and being willing to fail early and often."

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Design isn’t just about creation; it’s about harnessing creativity to solve real world problems and improve people's lives- through the use of innovation. Our course takes students on an exciting journey of solving real world problems through hands-on exploration & product development. To think like a designer requires dreaming up wild ideas, taking time to tinker and test, and being willing to fail early and often.

 

The project-based curriculum aligns with prompts based on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals -- a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030. In collaboration with,Citizen Cyber Lab,Open Seventeen, Micro:bit - do your :bit, and other similar initiatives, we incorporate their prompts to mentor students through the design process to reach desired outcomes.

Invention, however, requires more than just curiosity and creativity – it requires the KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS to carry a design to fruition. TechLabs teachers help students gain the knowledge to facilitate THEIR ideas, THEIR invention, and THEIR vision and to show them how to implement it with new technologies.

This course is offered in two levels to allow students of a wide variety of age and skill levels to participate and learn how to use technology to innovate for a better future!

  • Design For The Future (ages 12-16)
  • Design For The Future Junior (ages 8-11)

 

 

Skills You Gain

  • How to use the Design Thinking Method for problem solving.
  • Empathy Building
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • 3D Design (TinkerCAD or OnShape)
  • Programming (Arduino IDE, MakeCode, or MBlock) 
  • Prototyping with Microcontrollers (Arduino, HaloCode, CodeBug, or Micro:Bit)
  • Prototyping with Electronic Circuits
  • MIT App Inventor

Technology

Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Microbit

Micro:bit

Bootstrap Image Preview

MakeCode

3D Printing

3D Printing

 

Course Details

Standard Course Fees:The course fee includes all necessary software, subscriptions and hardware required for use in class unless otherwise stated.

Sibling Discount: 30Chf (per child) to be credited to all invoices for simultaneously enrolled siblings (for full-time courses, otherwise proportionate).

Financial Assistance Available: Many thanks to our local sponsors, we are pleased to announce that financial support is available with proof of a health insurance premium reduction (PV) or to holders of the KulturLegi card. Presentation of the identity card is required. For more information, please contact us at info@techlabs.ch Note that this discount cannot be granted in combination with other discounts.

Minimum group: A minimum of 5 students is required to start the course.

Past Projects:

Build and program Light Painting Robots

Design & test Build Oil Spill Cleaning Boats

Experimenting with an Auto Farming Device

Interactive Installation SDG Goal 14: Life Below Water
 

Warm Up Design Challange: Spaghetti Tower Challenge

Students are introduced to the concept of Design Thinking through designing and building their own Robotic Pet that responds to various sensor inputs with sound, light, and wagging tails, wiggling ears, waving arms, whatever their imagination can dream up. Kids are encouraged to think outside the box, no idea is a bad idea and the more ideas the better! They develope the code and build the electromechanical system necessary to bring thier pet to life.
    
This is no ordinary 3D printing class, this is using technology for humanitarian aid! In collaboration with the Enabling The Future project, children design, create and deliver a prosthetic robotic hand to underprivileged children throughout the world. 1 in 2000 children are born each day that can benefit from a prosthetic device produced in conjunction with this program.  Over 6000 prosthetic arms have already been successfully donated by Enabling The Future. This highly focused course teaches how a group of STEM students can come together and provide access to life-improving technology. We have built a special curriculum, utilizing all of TechLabs’ resources, to engage children in a highly focused project where they will get to experience the impact of open source technology to lower barriers to innovation and provide access to life-improving technology. TechLabs is Switzerland's ONLY Enabling The Future Certified fabrication and assembly partner. 

Status Place Offers Day(s) Time Date Place Price  

January 2020

Basel Stadt Arcadia Bildungscampus | Mondays | Design For The Future Junior (8-11) Mon 16:30 – 18:00 13/01/2020 – 15/06/2020 ARCADIA Bildungscampus 675.00 CHF Waiting list
Current Project: Swarm Robotics Lab A brand new kind of robotics has arrives in TechLabs! From automated vacuum cleaners, to Mars rovers, to deep-sea exploration, robots are everywhere. But a
Basel Stadt Arcadia Bildungscampus | Tuesday | Design For The Future (12-16) Tue 16:30 – 18:00 14/01/2020 – 16/06/2020 ARCADIA Bildungscampus 712.00 CHF Waiting list
Current Project: Swarm Robotics Lab A brand new kind of robotics has arrives in TechLabs! From automated vacuum cleaners, to Mars rovers, to deep-sea exploration, robots are everywhere. But a
Basel Stadt Arcadia Bildungscampus | Saturday Morning | Design For The Future Junior (8-11) Sat 10:00 – 12:00 18/01/2020 – 13/06/2020 ARCADIA Bildungscampus 600.00 CHF Waiting list
Current Project: Swarm Robotics Lab A brand new kind of robotics has arrives at TechLabs! From automated vacuum cleaners, to Mars rovers, to deep-sea exploration, robots are everywhere. But a