In autumn 2018, Brillantmont International School added robotics and programming courses as part of their core curriculum for grade 8 and 9 students. Brillantmont is the only school in Switzerland to make such a course a compulsory part of the learning programme.
The courses will help students to develop connections between science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, the STEAM fields. The aim for them is to develop critical thinking skills that are needed to find creative solutions to real-world problems using a basis of science and mathematics.
8th Grade students are learning robotics by using Arduino platform to develop and code their micro-controllers, eventually leading to full functioning robots with buttons, wheels and possibly legs!
9th Grade students are building their own digital game or application by using Python, one of the most popular professional programming languages. Python is easy to pick up, whether a student is a first-time programmer or experienced with other languages. They will enjoy writing short programs with Python, work on group exercises, and eventually build a game of their choice.
For the delivery, Brillantmont International School is working with TechSpark Academy and EPFL, based in Lausanne. The founder of TechSpark Academy Marta Gehring (who is a Brillantmont alum) shares her vision of the digital and her delight in being able to work together with her former school.
With the new courses, Brillantmont students are going to be in a fantastic position to make the leap into our technological future.
Brillantmont International School
Brillantmont International School is a fully accredited day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 13-18 in the centre of Lausanne. The school provides internationally recognised academic programmes taught in English, which allow students to enter universities throughout the world.
With 120 students from over 35 different nationalities, Brillantmont is very much an international school, which values cultural diversity.
Since its foundation in 1882, Brillantmont has belonged to the same family and we are proud of our homely environment in which every student can reach their full potential.