Arcadia Bildungscampus | Tuesday | Design For The Future Junior (8-11)

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 after school program takes students on an exciting journey of solving real world problems through hands-on exploration & product development. 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, and Micro:bit - do your :bitwe 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 as both Design For The Future and Design For The Future Junior allowing students of a wide variety of age and skill levels to participate and learn how to use technology to innovate for a better future!

For students inclined to share their ideas through competitions, we are available as a project mentor for submission into one of many design competitions (Example:, micro:bit Global Challenge)

Design ThinkingCoSpaces  

  Skills Gained:   
  • Utilizing the Design Thinking Method for problem solving.
  • Critical Thinking
  • Empathy Building
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Design, Prototype, and Iterate (Mechanical & Electronic systems, Software Code)
  • Sharing Ideas (ex. Movie, Website, Public Events, Competitions.
  • 3D Design with TinkerCAD or OnShape
  • Electronic Circuits building with various input Sensors, outputs (motors/LEDs)
  • Microcontrollers (Arduino, HaloCode, CodeBug, or Micro:Bit)
  • MIT App Inventor
  • Programming (Arduino IDE, MakeCode, MBlock.


Past Projects:

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. 

In 2019, TechLabs acted as mentor for an award winning team of Product Design students entering their design Candylicious: A Fun High Tech Board Game into the Bugnplay 2019 competition. Students were guided through the Design Thinking Process where they gained skills to empethize, brainstorm, prototype, evaluate, iterate and eventually share their idea. Through the development of their idea, students gained technical knowledge in 3D design & printing, programming of microcontrollers, conditional control of motors, speakers, and lights based on various sensor inputs, photoshop graphic design, and more. Students joining Design For the Future will have a similar the opportunity to be mentored for or other relevant competitions if they desire to enter.
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.

Current Project:

Swarm Robotics Lab

A brand new kind of robotics has arrives in TechLabs!

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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



Ages: 8-11.

Course Level: Beginner.

Course Language: English | German.

Enrollment: Open to all students.

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Financial support available!

90% Discount!
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
Note that this discount cannot be granted in combination with other discounts.
Date 14/01/2020 – 16/06/2020
Time 16:30 – 18:00
Weekday Tue
Lessons 19 Lessons
Place ARCADIA Bildungscampus
Weisse Gasse 6
4001 Basel Stadt
Status Fully booked, entry in waiting list possible
Places available 11
Contact TechLabs
Luftmattstrasse 3
4052 Basel
Tel. 0041788470555
Time Date Location Description
16:30 – 18:00 21/04/2020 ARCADIA Bildungscampus Arcadia | D4F: Swarm Robotics
16:30 – 18:00 28/04/2020 ARCADIA Bildungscampus Arcadia | D4F: Swarm Robotics
16:30 – 18:00 05/05/2020 ARCADIA Bildungscampus Arcadia | D4F: Swarm Robotics
16:30 – 18:00 12/05/2020 ARCADIA Bildungscampus Arcadia | D4F: Swarm Robotics
16:30 – 18:00 19/05/2020 ARCADIA Bildungscampus Arcadia | D4F: Swarm Robotics
16:30 – 18:00 26/05/2020 ARCADIA Bildungscampus Arcadia | D4F: Swarm Robotics
16:30 – 18:00 02/06/2020 ARCADIA Bildungscampus Arcadia | D4F: Swarm Robotics
16:30 – 18:00 09/06/2020 ARCADIA Bildungscampus Arcadia | D4F: Swarm Robotics
16:30 – 18:00 16/06/2020 ARCADIA Bildungscampus Arcadia | D4F: Swarm Robotics