The acronym mint is widely used in the German-speaking countries for what is commonly referred to as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the English-speaking world.

mint & pepper creates modules that young people can use to learn more about these subjects. The modules also enable them to take advantage of their existing knowledge to solve new problems and apply that knowledge to real-life situations. The moderate use of new technologies, where appropriate, is paramount.

One successful module, called “DanceBot: Build Your Own Robot to Dance to Your Favorite Music,” allows participants to solder, assemble, program and decorate their own robots.

The mint & pepper portfolio includes learning modules for the upper primary school level and  secondary school levels I and II. Each module is tailored to a specific level and can be used as part of practical instruction in schools, as well as in public or university events and extracurricular learning environments.

mint & pepper was launched as an initiative of the Autonomous Systems Lab and the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich.

The project is supported by the following partners: Gebert Rüf Stiftung, Wyss Zurich, ETH Zurich, University of Zurich, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT), Department of Information and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET), Department of Materials (D-MATL), IngCH, Rosie, bugnplay.ch, Switzerland Innovation Park, Swisscom, Digital Switzerland, and the MINT Learning Center at ETH Zurich.

To learn more about mint & pepper and specific modules, go to www.mintpepper.ch (in German)


Stefan Bertschi
Project Leader

Bertschi

Stefan Bertschi is Founder and Project Leader of mint & pepper. Stefan joined Wyss Zurich as ICT Coordinator in 2016. He holds a professional bachelor HF in electronics and a postgraduate "Diplom" NDS-HF in computer science. From 2007 to 2016 he worked at the Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH Zurich, where he led the robot electronics laboratory and supported the research teams. He has many years of experience working as a test engineer in civil aeronautical systems (navigation, autopilot) and as an operations manager for a Swiss machine manufacturer.

 

Contact:
stefan.bertschi@wysszurich.ch


Hanna Behles
Project Manager

Behles

Hanna Behles is Founder and Project Manager of mint & pepper. Hanna got her diploma in International Business from the FH Trier. During this time, she completed internships at Bosch in England and Thailand. In 2016, Hanna completed a CAS in media work at the MAZ. Prior to joining Wyss Zurich, Hanna worked as marketing and communication manager at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich.
 

Contact:
hanna.behles@wysszurich.ch


Marine Besnard
Project Manager

Besnard

Marine joined the mint & pepper team as a Project Manager in April 2019. She obtained a Master’s degree in Culture Management & Policies from the University of London in 2015, and has since been working as a project manager in the tech and cultural sectors. In 2014 she founded a dance organization and choreographs dance performances bringing culture, technology and society together. Born in Geneva, she worked in London and Berlin before moving to Zurich.

Contact:
marine.besnard@wysszurich.ch
+41 44 632 03 16


Phil Burri
Apprentice

Burri

Phil Burri is completing an apprenticeship as a commercial employee at ETH Zurich. He joined the mint & pepper project in February 2019. Phil will continue to support the mint & pepper team in various commercial activities until the end of his apprenticeship in August 2020. Prior to joining Wyss Zurich, he worked at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich, at the Academic Sports Association of Zurich and in the visitor and information management sector.

Contact:
phil.burri@lernende.ethz.ch


Nina Kollegger
Coordinator of Robotics Platform and Project Manager mint & pepper

Kollegger

Nina Kollegger joined the mint & pepper team in May 2018 as Project Manager. Nina received a B.Sc. in Politics and International Relations from the University of London and holds a M.A. in Economy, Politics and Religion from the University of Lucerne. Previously, Nina worked as a Project Manager at ETH Zurich in the visitor and information management and as scientific research assistant at Swiss Paraplegic Research.

Contact:
nina.kollegger@wysszurich.ch


Hofmann Phyllis
Project Manager Engineering

Phyllis

Phyllis joined the mint & pepper team in June 2019 as an Engineer. She completed her M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from ETH Zurich, where she focused on a combination of biomedical engineering and robotics. Before coming to Zurich for her studies, she grew up in Bangkok and the United States. At mint & pepper, Phyllis is developing new tools and devices to teach children and students about current technologies and sciences.

Contact:
mintpepper@wysszurich.ch


Tobias M. Schifferle
Head of Education

Schifferle

Tobias Schifferle joined the mint & pepper team as Head of Education in August 2019. He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Sciences from the University of Basel and is a certified primary teacher with a CAS specialization in pedagogical ICT support. Since 2016 he has also been working at the Zurich University of Teacher Education in the Media and Computer Science department, where he is involved in the development of new curricular formats and holds lectures for students as well as experienced teaching staff.

Contact:
tobias.schifferle@wysszurich.ch