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)
Hanna Behles is Co-Founder and Project Leader 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.
Stefan Bertschi is Co-Founder and Mentor 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.
Philipp Egger joined Wyss Zurich in June 2021 as Project Manager Engineering for mint & pepper. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich. He focused on mechatronics and robotics during his studies and completed industrial internships at CATEC in Seville, Spain, and CSIRO in Brisbane, Australia, where he worked on robust localization for autonomous vehicles. Prior to joining Wyss Zurich, he was employed as a software engineer in computer vision at Hexagon Technology Centre for three years. In this role, he developed algorithms for Leica’s disruptive BLK product line in the field of measuring and reality capture, such as the Leica BLK3D and BLK2GO.
Strategy & Partnerships
Franziska Juch joined the mint&pepper team in April 2022 as responsible for partnerships & strategy. Franziska has served in leadership roles for almost two decades in the non-profit and higher education sector, mainly in major donor fundraising and strategic development, establishing high-profile, sustainable partnerships with philanthropists, foundations and corporations. Born in 1979 in East Germany, she studied business administration and innovation management in Passau, Villingen-Schwenningen and London. After holding various positions in marketing management in Germany and abroad, she moved to Switzerland in 2008. Since 2010 she has been involved in strategic management, relationship management and communications at the ETH Zurich, the ETH Foundation, the Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi, and has served as the managing director of SwissFoundations. During her first tenure at ETH Zurich from 2010 – 2016, she connected with Hanna and Stefan of mint & pepper and has been involved in the project ever since.
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Jana Thomann joined Wyss Zurich in January 2022 as Project Supporter for mint & pepper. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from ETH Zurich. During her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at ETH Zurich, she works for mint & pepper as a project supporter.