STEP IT Academy | We have been teaching since 1999. High-quality IT-education for adults and children. We prepare programmers, designers and system engineers who cannot be replaced by artificial intelligence. In order to achieve this, we teach how to understand tasks, run projects and work in a team, in addition to core knowledge.

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In traditional learning models, teachers impart knowledge to students by demonstrating processes and formulas to arrive at one answer. These formulas are memorized, and children solve other similar problems.

Today’s innovation-driven economy depends on the creation of wholly new products & services, and there is no process or formula for doing that. Such innovation can rarely occur through isolated thinking, and requires children to work on building physical, digital or hybrid solutions together.

– Schools of the Future - World Economic Forum

For whom

This program is developed for

Ages 14 to 17

Innovators
Team projects with real-world applications.

Ages 10 to 13

Inventors
Inquiry-based and collaborative learning.

Ages 7 to 9

Experimenters
Experiential learning. Interpersonal skills.

Ages 5 to 6

Explorers
World discovery. Learning-by-doing. Personal skills.

Curriculum

Curriculum

  • Focus on digital skills.
    The goal of mastering digital skills at an early age is to become an actor in a future society. Not consumer, but producer.
  • Focus on interpersonal skills.
    Our classes are created in a format to stimulate group activities among children. Empathy, teamwork, communication, and feedback are considered as critical and important.
  • Ethics.
    Together with great power, come great dangers and responsibilities. It is important to know how to use technologies for good, both for society and yourself.
  • Importance of personalized learning.
    Students can repeat or master additional content at home in special online service of non-linear education - Edu MAPS.
  • Playful experience.
    Every lesson is like a journey - an open world to explore. Our goal to build a medium where every child will find his interest. There are no marks or exams in STEP Academy. Students earn coins and crystals based on their activities that are exchangeable to 3D-printed figures.
  • Focus on personal skills.
    With rapid propagation of artificial intelligence algorithms, personal skills like creativity, curiosity and critical thinking will require even a bigger role. Finding and implementing unique solutions is a key to success in the future.
  • Global awareness.
    Challenges and tasks are built around local environmental problems like moving an oil platform in a sea, to creating the best robots to clean the ocean.
  • Non-routine tasks.
    There is no one right answer, some challenges may be solved differently. Some cannot be solved at all and require finding the best possible solution.
  • Teacher as a guide.
    We believe that children already have their interests and aptitudes. Thus, the role of the teacher is to serve a child in finding his true potential. The learning environment has the same importance as a teacher.
Forms of study

Forms of Education

Explorers: Ages from 5 to 6

Monthly (10 months): 200 CHF

FIRST STEP

Young students use Android tablets to learn how to take and add effects to images with apps, shot and edit videos, construct & control robots, create video games.  During the last module of the course, students are introduced to working with PC. 

 

Modules: WeDo Robotics: Basic Models, LEGO Brickfilms, Digital Arts, WeDo robotics: advanced models, Coding games, Ozobot Evo.


Available time slots:

  • Wednesdays: 09:00 - 12:00.
  • Wednesdays: 13:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturdays: 09:00 - 12:00.

 

FIRST STEP PLUS

First STEP Plus includes 1-2 hours of outdoor activities (September - November & March - June) in the park and simple sports (yoga, football, running). As well as non-digital lessons on science & math, chess & checkers, board games.
 

Available time slots:

  • Wednesdays: 09:00 - 17:30.

English / French

37 weeks per year

5-6 years old

3 hours per week

Experimenters: Ages from 7 to 9

Monthly: (10 months): 300

FUTURE GENIUS

Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of programming, learn how to design game characters, assemble and code robots & gadjets, design 3D objects and make them ready for printing, and master coding concepts such as conditions, loops, variables.

 

Modules: Microelectronics with BBC Micro:Bit, Personal blog on HTML & CSS, Programming with Minecraft Education, 3D-printing from A to Z, LEGO robot inventor, Gadgets with Makeblock Neuron.

 

Available time slots:

  • Wednesdays, 09:00 - 12:00
  • Wednesdays, 13:00 - 16:00.
  • Wednesdays, 16:00 - 19:00.
  • Saturdays, 09:00 - 12:00.
  • Saturdays, 13:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturdays, 16:00 - 19:00.

 

 

LEGO ROBOTICS

Solve unique robotic challenges: create the fastest and toughest models, elevate objects, move without wheels, build a catapult and launch a ball as far as possible. Finally, smartly code your robot to win a football competition, sort garbage, remove trash from the ocean and lead your team to the championship title in several robotic competitions on transportation of objects, finding a way out.

 

Modules: Exploring robotic sensors, challenge robotics, LEGO robotics inventor.

 

Available time slots:

  • Wednesdays, 13:00 - 16:00.
  • Wednesdays, 16:00 - 19:00.
  • Saturdays, 13:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturdays, 16:00 - 19:00.

 

 

FILMMAKING & DIGITAL ARTS

Learn how to create digital designs (banners, posters, logos), emojis, newspapers and personal fonts. Shot video on green screen and replace backgrounds and add green screen animations in Marvel superheroes movies.

 

Modules: PhotoLab, TikTok superstar, Advertising design, Basics of video & sound editing, Advanced filmmaking.

 

Available time slots:

  • Wednesdays, 16:00 - 19:00.
  • Saturdays, 13:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturdays, 16:00 - 19:00.

English / French

37 classes per year

7-9 years old

3 hours per day

Inventors: Ages from 10 to 13

Monthly: (10 months): 300

ADVANCED ROBOTICS & 3D-DESIGN

Development of robots becomes much more interesting when you can design custom legs, hands and wheels. We will explore different robotic mechanisms and sensors, that help robots to be smart, communicate with an owner, and perform any required tasks.

 

Modules: Basics of 3D-printing, Arduino basics, Smart home, Bipedal robots, Quadrupedal robots, Robotic Arm.

 

Available time slots:

  • Wednesdays, 13:00 - 16:00.
  • Wednesdays, 16:00 - 19:00.
  • Saturdays, 09:00 - 12:00 (at Nations only).
  • Saturdays, 13:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturdays, 16:00 - 19:00.

 

 

 

VIRTUAL REALITY GAMES

In the future, most of the construction sites, apartments, transport, and many other human-to-human activities (doctor check-up, choosing clothes, or learning geography) will be done with the help of artificial and virtual reality applications. Students will learn how to create VR-worlds in Unity 3D through creating games. The ones that are interactive and responsible. 
 

Modules: Full construction site tour (creating of virtual locations), Escape room, Marketing apps.

 

Available time slots:

  • Wednesdays, 13:00 - 16:00.
  • Wednesdays, 16:00 - 19:00.
  • Saturdays, 13:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturdays, 16:00 - 19:00.

English / French

37 classes per year

10-13 years old

3 hours per week

Innovators: Ages from 14 to 17

Monthly: (10 months): 300

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Create realistic projects including basics of Artificial Intelligence with Python and it's libraries: NumPy, Pandas, matpolib and TensorFlow. Finding patterns in unstructured data, creating visualizations, and predicting future events. 

 

Modules: Data Analisis with NumPy, Data Analisis with Pandas, Data Visualization with matplotlib, Deep Learning with TensorFlow.

 

Available time slots:

  • Wednesdays, 16:00 - 19:00
  • Saturdays, 13:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturdays, 16:00 - 19:00.

English / French

37 weeks

14-17 years old

3 hours per week

XP Labs

600 CHF

Help your child discover their hidden tech talent with our newest offer: STEP XP Labs.

This is the perfect way to explore our extended IT Labs on game design, coding, 3D printing and robotics, all in 8 introductory sessions.

  • 3D-Printing.
  • Robotics - LEGO.
  • Robotics - MBot.
  • Filmmaking with a green screen.
  • Game Development - Roblox.
  • Game Development - Minecraft.
  • Microelectronics.
  • Coding with CodeCombat.

 

Available time slots:

  • Wednedays, 13:00 - 16:00.
  • Wednedays, 16:00 - 19:00.
  • Saturdays, 09:00 - 12:00.
  • Saturdays, 13:00 - 16:00.
  • Saturdays, 16:00 - 19:00.

English / French

8 weeks

7-13 years old

3 hours per week

Student Stories

Student Stories

Tomas OFEK

LEGO Robotics and Game Development Summer Camps

Graduate 2018

The most impressive for me was how flexible and accommodating the team was: when my son needed to move at a different pace than the class, Step accommodated him in a way that I could never expect
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Ben MAGRI

YouTube and Filmmaking Summer Camp Course

Graduate 2018

If your child loves spending hours watching videos on YouTube like my 8-year old, I strongly recommend the STEP YouTube and filmmaking course.
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Cristina Aguilar

Game Development Summer Camps Course

Graduate 2018

He was coached by professional teachers and he had a lot of fun.
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Alexandra Ciuraru

Junior Computer Academy

Graduate 2018

You may say it is too much for your kid to be exposed to robotics or 3D modeling at such an young age. Well, it is not!
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Michael DAVIDIAN

YouTube et la réalisation de films

Graduate 2020

I have a son of 7 years old, and this is a perfect match for his passion to computers; as well as to my believes as a parent - the future is in tech.
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Romeo TERRENGHI

IT STEP Académie

Graduate 2020

If you want your kids are ready for their future, you should consider IT education at early age of your kid. And if you are worried about PC, tablet, cellphone in hands of your kids, than it is even more important they understand that information technology is not only that.
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Oz LONG

IT STEP Académie

Graduate 2020

It's the first time I've ever seen him excited about school. It's a real relief for his dad and I that he loves learning so much.
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Professors

Professors

Cyril DIEUMEGARD

Birth date: 27 June 1984 (36 y.o.)

Education: Art study at "Ecole des arts décoratif de Genève"

Profession: Concepteur multimédia" Project creator in digital at scool "EAD Genève" (CFC).

- Migros Genève (Printer, Electronics seller, Content creator for motion design, social medias consulting).

- Freelance (Davidoff, University of Geneva (Bioscope), Sculpteo, Jardin botanique Genève, Hagerty, Enoil Bioenergies).

-Professor at adult private scool "Ecole-club Migros Genève" (from 2016).

Interests: Art, Design, 3D, DEV, Video games, Blockchain, AR, VR, 3D printing, Hacking, Digital marketing, Social medias, Science, Learning, Low Tech, Society structure, Econmic, Society, Politics.

 

At the age of 15 Cyril created a project of MMORPG called "Nilorea le destin des runes" which was being made for 8 years under his guidance and team leading; UI, 3D, models, icon, character design etc. were created.

Mira El HAMDAOUI

Birth date: 09 March 1994 (26 y.o.)

 
Working for IT STEP 1.5 years for most of the classes such as:

• Sports (Stretching & team game).

• Game Developpement (Minecraft, Roblox, Scratch, Create your own video game).

• Robotics (LEGO Mindsstorms, LEGO WeDo).

• Filmmaking (Shooting, editing & special effect).

• 3D Design & 3D-Printing.

 

Skills: Science & technologies, Management & Children care 

Interests: New technologies, planetary discoveries & sport

Jonathan GLEIZE

Subjects of teaching: LEGO Robotics: Level 1, LEGO Robotics: Level 2, Programming in Python - Junior, Programming in Python - Middle, Makeblock Robotics: Scratch, Makeblock Robotics: C, Microelectronics with Arduino.

Birth date: 28/07/1992.

Education: Geneva school of engineering, architecture and landscape  - Haute École du paysage, d'ingénierie et d'architecture de Genève.

Profession: Embedded engineer.

Interests: Robotics science, games and climbing.

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