Classes & Workshops for Kids

Hands On Robotics Events


Robots are engaging and captivate the young generation’s imagination. Robots also provide a valuable educational tool and a hands-on-fun way of learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by watching and interacting with robots.


Courses organised by EPFL
(taught in French)

As part of the NCCR Robotics’ commitment to increase interest in robotics studies amongst the younger generations we are proud to offer, through the Science Outreach Department at EPFL, a number of courses and activities and workshops.

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.

Build and programme a robot (100% boys, 11-13 years old)
In this class, kids are given the opportunity and the means to further in the world of computing, by programming a robot while having fun.

Crocorobot robotic workshops (girls and boys, 7-10 years old)
In this workshop children will have the opportunity to build and to programme a hungry crocodile as well as other animated creatures made out of LEGOs.

Programme a Thymio II (girls and boys, 13-15 years old)
Thymio, developed within the 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 participants will learn the basis of how Thymio functions, as well as the basis for programming it.


Courses organised by ETH Zurich
(taught in German only)

Robotics Summer Camps (girls and boys)
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 (10-14 years old)
Design, build and style your own robot that will dance along to an MP3 player.


Keep informed on other robotics activities

The  Hands-on-robotics newsletter will allow you to keep up to date with various robotics activities proposing fun projects which give the opportunity to understand, build and experience technologies related to robotics. The activities target a wide age spectrum, including the very young and propose holiday robotics workshops, after school clubs, as well as other robotic events not to be missed for those interested in learning more about robotics. Subscribe and keep up to date with the robotic activities.

We also recommend you to discover the NCCR Robotics development interactive robot Thymio. Thymio is a small robot which will allow you to discover the universe of robotics and learn a robot’s language. Easily accessible to different ages, Thymio can be programmed and carry out numerous experiments.

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