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 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.
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.
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.
Head of Education
Patrick Muff joined the MINT&Pepper team in January 2019 as Head of Education. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the team’s education strategy. Patrick holds a master’s degree in biology from the University of Bern, Switzerland (2007) and in higher education from the Bern University of Teacher Education (2009). He has been teaching at the Romanshorn Secondary School since 2009 and has been a lecturer in teaching methodology at the Thurgau University of Teacher Education since 2013. From 2013 to 2017, Patrick developed teaching materials at the Life Science Zurich Learning Center. In 2016 he was elected to the Teaching Committee of the Liechtenstein Secondary School.