Playing with robots

Coding activities for 7th and 8th graders

What we do

We organise free 2-hour coding activities with 7th and 8th graders. In an interactive environment, students learn the essential concepts of computational thinking and apply this knowledge while programming a robot. The aim is to teach the robot to drive autonomously through a maze.

The activities take place directly in the schools or at the BFH Robotics Lab in Biel. Entire school classes (registration by teachers) as well as individual students (registration by parents) can participate.

What is Computational Thinking?

Computational thinking is the tool we use when breaking down problems into smaller inter-related components. It relies on algorithm-like logic in order to  formalize and solve tasks. Computational thinking enhances the development of abstract thinking – which one can use to address complex situations in many real-life settings.

The OECD has identified computational thinking as an essential skill for the future and will include questions on this topic in the PISA evaluation tests already in 2021.

Who we are

Prof. Dr. Ana Fernandes

Bern University of Applied Science
Business School
Institute for New Work


Prof. Dr. Gabriel Gruener

Bern University of Applied Science
Engineering and Information Technology
Abt Mikro- und Medizintechnik


Prof. Dr. Carmit Segal

University of Zurich
Department of Business Administration
Chair of Managerial Economics


For all other questions, please contact Ana Fernandes

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