Lower School

Lower School

STEAM Saturday / STEAM Family workshops

Project Cost: CHF 6,000

Modeled on the successful STEM Saturday classes in the Lower School last year,  STEAM Saturday workshops ​will introduce participants to a new “tech-based” skill and help them start their journey into STEAM. Besides ​gaining technical ​knowledge ​and ​skills, ​students ​will ​also ​develop ​a ​sense ​of community ​while ​working ​collaboratively ​to ​solve ​complex ​technology-based ​problems. The STEAM Family workshops will include parents and siblings in the workshop activities.


Mobile app development program

Project Cost: CHF 6,000

Participants in this program will learn to develop an app to be used on a mobile phone. Annual Fund support will be used for equipment (Android phones and other hardware) as well as instructor training.


Guest speaker - Girls in STEM

Project Cost: CHF 6,000

Stemettes is an award-winning social enterprise working across the UK and beyond to inspire and support young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers. Stemettes will spend a weekend at ZIS working especially with female students. The mission of Stemettes is that all girls will be able to make informed decisions about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), so that eventually women can be proportionally represented in the field.


Makerspace and Tinker Lab supplies

Project cost: CHF 6,000

The Makerspace and Tinker Lab at the Lower School have been going strong since 2016, with more students participating every year. In order to update equipment and replace supplies that are used by students, additional resources are needed.


First Lego League

Project cost: CHF 2,000

First Lego League (FLL) is a program that challenges students to think like scientists and engineers. Through a world-wide competition, school teams are given the opportunity to choose and solve a real-world problem. The Lower School will put together a team of students in Grades 4 and 5 to address this year's challenge. Challenges also involve building, testing, and programming an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the Lego Core Values celebrating discovery, teamwork, and gracious professionalism.


Google trip support

Project cost: CHF 1,700

In November, Grade 3 students will spend a day at Google Switzerland, touring the Google facilities and participating in coding workshops. The purpose of this trip is to experience the ZIS Character Standards of playfulness and resilience in an authentic setting. It is also to continue developing skills in coding and programming that will lead up to the Hour of Code in December.


Early Childhood Center

Makerspace Mini Workshop equipment

Project Cost CHF 4,000

Additional equipment and tools to supplement the Makerspace Mini Workshop funded last year and completed in October.




Coding and robotics equipment

Project Cost CHF 2,000

Additional coding and robotics equipment will mean more children can participate in these activities in the Mini Maker Space.