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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 program 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, MakeX Spark 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.

 

 

Skills You Gain

  • Using 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

 

Technology

Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Microbit

Micro:bit

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HaloCode

3D Printing

3D Printing

3D Printing

Block Coding

 

 

Project Theme:

 
See individual offer for current project theme. Highlights from past projects.
 
Our 2019 after-school DFF class endered teir semester project into the National Bugnplay Competition. A digital youth competition for games, code, robitics, and multimedia. They took home 3 prizes including Space Award, Best Classroom Project, and the opportunity to present at Design Biennale Zurich 2019. Here is their winning submission Candylicious
Candylicious 
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. 

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 new kind of robot has arrived. They are small, cheap, & simple but they have a special skill: they work as a team! Inspired by nature, these robots work together to achieve tasks that even a more sophisticated and expensive robot can’t achieve alone. Similar to the sophisticated beehives bees are able to build together or the huge complexity of ant colonies.

In this class, you will:

  • discover biomimicry
  • build your own high-maneuverability robot
  • program it using BBC micro:bit
  • define a task to accomplish as a team
  • upgrade your robot using 3D modeling and 3D printing
  • learn to work as a team 
    Need an example? Have a look at Nasa marsbees meant to help enhance Mars exploration: Nasa marsbees

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

Interactive Light Installation

Offered As:

 DFF- Weekly Class for Age 12-14 DFF Camp- Age 12-14 

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

Materials Fee: All the necessary hardware and software will be provided for the course. For an additional (optional) fee, it is sometimes possible to bring home the microcontroller (micro:bit or Halocode) used in class. Please contact instructor for availability.

Place Offers Day(s) Time Date Place Price Status  

January 2021

Basel Stadt Mondays | Design For The Future Mon 16:30 – 18:00 11/01/2021 – 21/06/2021 ARCADIA Bildungscampus 752.00 CHF Waiting list
  Age 9-14 (8 with exeptional proficiency)            Course level Beginner | Intermediate    Course Language English (DE help possible) Enrollment Open to all Design for the Future Detail
Basel Stadt Tuesdays | Design For The Future Tue 16:30 – 18:00 12/01/2021 – 22/06/2021 ARCADIA Bildungscampus 790.00 CHF Waiting list
  Age 9-14 (8 with exeptional proficiency)            Course level Beginner | Intermediate    Course Language English (DE help possible) Enrollment Open to all Design for the Future Detail
Basel Stadt Saturday Mornings | Design For The Future Sat 10:00 – 12:00 16/01/2021 – 19/06/2021 ARCADIA Bildungscampus 840.00 CHF Waiting list
  Age 9-14 (8 with exeptional proficiency)            Course level Beginner | Intermediate    Course Language English (DE help possible) Enrollment Open to all Design for the Future Detail
Basel Stadt Saturday Afternoons | Design For The Future Sat 12:30 – 14:30 16/01/2021 – 19/06/2021 ARCADIA Bildungscampus 840.00 CHF Waiting list
  Age 9-14 (8 with exeptional proficiency)            Course level Beginner | Intermediate    Course Language English (DE help possible) Enrollment Open to all Design for the Future Detail