As part of the NCCR Robotic’s commitment to increase interest in robotics studies amongst the younger generations, particularly the interest of young girls in robotics and robotics related areas, we are proud to offer, through the Science Outreach Department at EPFL, a number of courses and activities for either girls only or for girls and boys (with at least 50% girls participation). Please note that these courses are all taught in French (please see below for courses in the German part of Switzerland where courses are taught in German). We are currently not aware of courses taught in English, but will update this page if that changes.
Robots are indeed for girls (100% girls, 11-13 years old) The goal of this class is to give young girls the chance and means to discover and develop their knowledge of IT and communication technologies while programming a robot and having fun.
This class if free of charge and takes place on Saturdays – you can choose between a morning and an afternoon session.
Summer camp for girls (11-13 years old) “Remue-Méninges à Robocity” A fun scientific week with the subject “Brain and robotics.” In this workshop, girls will have the opportunity to visit labs, prepare and exposition, participate in games and experiments about the brain and to build a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot.
Thymio robotic workshops (13-15 years old 50% girls-50% boys) Thymio, developed within NCCR Robotics, is a small interactive robot which can move, change colour, perceive obstacles, the edge of the table amongst others. In this workshop, the particpants will learn the basis of how Thymio functions, as well as the basis for programming it.
Crocorobot robotic workshops (7-10 years old 50% girls-50% boys) In this workshop children will have the opportunity to build and to programme a hungry crocrodile as well as other animated creatures made out of LEGOs.
Summer Camps “Mission Rosetta” for both girls and boys aged 10-14. Remotely programme a Thymio robot that has landed in the wrong place on a comet so that it can achieve all its goals.
DanceBot – Dein Roboter, der zu deiner Lieblingsmusik tanzt for girls aged 10-13. Design, build and style your own robot that will dance along to an MP3 player.