STEM Videos for China

CLWB is delighted to announce the publication of STEM ‘Master Class’ videos for Pearson China.

Working to Pearson’s Project STEM template, CLWB created 5.5 hours worth of instructional material which is sold with Pearson’s Project STEM books in China.

CLWB worked with Park House School, and Kintbury St Mary’s CE Primary School, Berkshire, UK to create the videos.


The videos are being used to train teachers in China how to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) using Project Based Learning methods. Each demonstration covered STEM theory followed by a design & make tasks designed to develop 21st Century Skills such as how to think critically, solve problems, work in teams, and make presentations.

In all, three sets of videos were produced:


Year Level





Building a bug box

Designing Bridges

Designing a Water Purification System

Learning content

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Practical skills, Technology, C21st Skills, Modern Careers

Topics covered include:


  • Animal structures and adaptations
  • Body structures and survival needs
  • Habitats
  • Physical and chemical properties, and organisation of matter
  • Motion and Forces


  • Material technologies
  • Removing rubbish and pollution from the sea and rivers
  • Controlling Forces
  • Strength-to-Weight rations
  • Construction Principles


  • Environmental, Chemical, Biochemical, Hydraulic, Marine and Optical Engineering
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Materials and their properties
  • Distributing loads and forces


  • Measuring with the metric system
  • Trigonometry
  • Pythagoras
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Statistics

CLWB delivered a ‘360 degree solution’ covering the entire video production process from storyboarding to graphics, to subtitles.


Thanks to Lily Lv, Qi Liu, Eva Yang and all the Pearson team in China; Pete Marshman and the students of Park House School and Kintbury St Mary’s CE Primary School, Berkshire; Sam Toocaram Toller and the Bristol University ‘In House’ video crew; Roslyn Lloyd, Adrian Oldknow and Melinda Tuckfield.



Unlocking the Potential in Australia and Asia

On October 18th, 2.00PM, we are delighted to be hosting Norman Gray AM, former CEO of Thales Australia, and CEO of award winning Box Hill Institute, at the Engine Shed in Bristol.


Mr Gray will deliver a speech focussing on innovation in Australia, and the wider Asian region, and will discuss what this could mean for UK organisations.

With 24 years of uninterrupted economic growth, Australia is now the fifth largest economy in the Asia-Pacific region, and the 12th largest economy in the world. Australia’s GDP per capita make its citizens among the world’s top 5 wealthiest.

In 2015, The Australian Government embarked on a $1.1bn innovation drive, and combined with the high probability that the first UK Free Trade deal post Brexit will be with Australia, its exactly the right time for UK based organisations to explore opportunities in Australia.

Mr Gray’s presentation will also cover economic development priorities in Victoria including:

  • Medical technologies and pharmaceuticals
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Food and fibre
  • Transport and defence
  • Construction technologies
  • International education
  • Precision manufacturing

Places are limited but free of charge. To reserve a seat, please enter your details below:




Building Bridges in China

We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Pearson China on a STEM project. In June we delivered a three-day STEM training session for Pearson staff at their headquarters in Beijing.

The focus of the three days was engineering and design skills, and implementation planning. Key areas of interest were 21st Century Skills and modern careers. Practical activities included designing and building bridges and bird feeders following the Pearson Project STEM series.


China Master Trainer Training

Thanks to Joe Lam, Lily Lv, Angela Peng, Qi Liu, Melinda Tuckfield, and the Pearson China STEM team.

CLWB at Box Hill Technology School

Our 2-day workshop with Box Hill Institute in Victoria in March 2016 lead to some amazing learning outcomes.

Watch the video here:


Thanks to Norman Gray, CEO, Susan Maastricht, Kain Gardner, Barb Alexandra, Trisha Broom, our partners Adrian Bertolini and Rachel Manneke-Jones from Intuyu Consulting, Pathik Shah from Pakronics, and, of course the students  – Team Moose, Art Girls, The Moles, Deadool, Team App, Team.exe and The Guns.

STEAM and Coding Australian Workshops

CLWB is delighted to announce the successful delivery of 16 workshops across Australia with partners Intuyu and GEM. In total we delivered workshops to 252 people – principals, teachers and students – across the country, starting in Brisbane and finishing in Perth.

The Australian National Innovation and Science Agenda set the challenge to all educators to prepare their students for the rapidly changing world of work, and increase focus on Coding, STEM and Digital Technologies. CLWBs’ ‘You Can Teach Coding’ and ‘Practical Steps to STEAM’ workshops helped schools meet this challenge.

Following the endorsement of the new Australian Technologies Curriculum, states are now beginning to make coding and robotics, compulsory in schools from Prep to Year 10. “Practical Steps to STEAM” enables schools understand how to plan a STEAM/STEM strategy; teach the required “General Purpose Computer Languages” to students; and manage the implementation of STEAM or STEM in their schools. The workshop included hands-on experience in a STEAM project and Coding.

“You Can Teach Coding” taught teachers how to code and how to teach coding. Participants were taken from assumed no-knowledge to being confident in teaching with a “General Purpose Programming Language”. Carefully scaffolded exercises took delegates from Scratch to HTML to Python in just one day.

“The workshops gave both students and staff alike a greater clarity about how coding could support learning in STEAM.” Ant Meczes, Head of Science – Perth Modern School

“Having attended ‘You Can Teach Coding’ I now fully appreciate the incredible impact coding can have on the learning experiences I provide for my students.”
David, Shigrov, Class Teacher – St Peter’s College, Adelaide

A highlight was a two-day e-fashion workshop at Box Hill Institute, Victoria. Here students designed imaginative fashion solutions using sensors.

“I had the pleasure of participating in a 2-day STEAM workshop, facilitated by The session engaged everyone from start to finish and the students were rightly proud to display their creations at a VIP fashion show. Most importantly, the workshop created a supportive atmosphere where the making of mistakes and learning from them were seen as an integral to the design process and learning experience.”
Kain Gardner, Box Hill Institute


Our next steps are to follow these workshops with updated versions of ‘Practical Steps to STEAM’ and ‘You Can Teach Coding’ with Pearson Academy. Click on the links below for more details.



Transforming Education with the Internet of Things

Intel IoT 2

We are delighted to announce the publication of a paper that we’ve written with Intel explaining the opportunities that Internet of Things (IoT) technologies bring to education. The paper covers the following areas:

  • What is IoT?
  • New learning opportunities
  • IoT in STEM
  • Enhancing the classroom experience with IoT technologies
  • Using IoT to make assessment more effective
  • How does IoT fit in with the curriculum?
  • How to get started

Intel IoT

Click on the link below to read the paper:

Intel CLWB IoT Vision Paper

Coding and STEAM Workshops in Australia, 2016

Australia coding and STEAM

You wouldn’t put someone in front of a piano and say, ‘Figure out how to play it’. The same can be said about coding in schools.

Following the endorsement of the new Australian Technologies Curriculum, the Queensland Government made coding and robotics compulsory in schools from Prep to Year 10. Its reasonable to expect that it won’t be long before each Australian state will ensure that schools are embedding coding and robotics in the curriculum – which is clearly a very good thing.

But what does this mean for schools, institutions and teachers who are expected to deliver this new curriculum? Whilst Scratch, and similar packages give students and teachers an entry point, teaching “General Purpose Computer Languages” to students is an altogether different matter.

And its a similar story for the broader push towards STEM/STEAM. Whilst schools are equipped to teach each STEAM subject area, making learning gains from the integrated STEAM approach requires careful thought, planning, development and investment.

To help schools respond, CLWB will be delivering Coding and STEAM (Science Technology Entrepreneurship Arts and Maths) workshops in Australia in February – March 2016.

In October 2015, we ran STEM workshops in Melbourne and Brisbane, and at the Cognitive Acceleration conference in Queensland. We received a clear message at these workshops – “please help us implement the Digital Technologies curriculum – particularly coding – in our schools”. So, we’ll be coming back to Australia in February and March 2016 to run a series of workshops focusing on teaching coding and STEAM.

The CLWB “You Can Teach Coding” workshop will directly teach teachers how to teach coding. The CLWB “Practical Steps to STEAM” workshop will build on our recent STEM workshops and provide opportunities to plan STEAM, and participate in hands-on learning activities.

Option 1: “You Can Teach Coding” @ School

One-day In-School Bespoke Workshop

This is a full-day, in-school bespoke coding workshop for a group of up to 10 teachers paired with up to 10 students. This workshop will not only teach teachers how to code, but also how to teach coding. Participants will be taken from assumed no-knowledge to being confident in teaching with a “General Purpose Programming Language” by the end of the day. The workshop can be used to train student “Digital Leaders” and build a coding culture across the school. Teachers will be given a CLWB Computer Science kit and post-workshop Skype distance support as part of the workshop package.

Option 2: “Practical steps to STEAM” @ School

One-day In-School Bespoke Workshop

This is a full day bespoke workshop focused on creating a STEAM curriculum at your school. In the morning, participants will be lead through Science, Technologies, Arts and Maths subject content. This will be followed by a planning activity aimed at getting maximum learning gains from the STEAM approach, and integrating technology and entrepreneurship into the curriculum. The afternoon session focuses on a practical, hands-on STEAM activity, enabling participants to acquire new skills in Electronics, Programming, Designing and practical ‘Digital Making’. Teachers will be given a CLWB STEAM Kit and post-workshop Skype distance support as part of the workshop package.

Option 3: “You Can Teach Coding” Professional Development 

One-day Teaching Coding workshop

Meet and work with teachers from other schools at this full-day workshop, which will not only teach you to code, but also how to teach coding. Participants will be taken from assumed no-knowledge to being confident in teaching with a “General Purpose Programming Language” by the end of the day. Participants will receive a CLWB Computer Science Kit and 1 post-workshop Skype support, as part of the workshop package.

Option 4: Practical steps to STEAM Professional Development

One-day STEAM workshop

Meet and work with teachers from other schools at this workshop, which builds on the STEM workshop that we ran in Brisbane and Melbourne in October. The workshop will focus on creating a STEAM curriculum within your school. In the morning, teachers will be lead through Science, Technologies, Arts and Maths subject content. This will be followed by a planning activity aimed at getting maximum learning gains from the STEAM approach, and integrating technology and entrepreneurship into the curriculum. The afternoon session focuses on a practical, hands-on STEAM activity, enabling participants to acquire new skills in Electronics, Programming, Designing and practical ‘Digital Making’. Participants will receive a CLWB STEAM Kit and post-workshop Skype support as part of the workshop package.

If you or your school is interested in any of these options please use this form to let us know.

Note: You might be interested in having both Options 1 and 2 in your school over 2 days or you might be interested in sending teachers to workshops covering Options 3 and/or 4 in your area. You may also like to consider having a bespoke workshop in your school and invite other schools in your area to send teachers. Use the “Comments” box to let us know what options you would like.

Australian Technologies Curriculum – STEM Workshops

Australian Technologies Curriculum

Following the recent approval of the Australian Technologies Curriculum, CLWB with Intuyu Consulting and Cognitive Architecture ran a series of STEM workshops in Victoria and Queensland.

Based on the recent Leadership at the Speed of Thought program, Mike Lloyd gave a worldwide view of how technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ‘Internet of Things’ are disrupting the world of work, opening up new opportunities and threats, and the implications of these developments for education.


Participants were then guided through a mapping of the new Australian Curriculum to STEM activities, and shown where technologies and new pedagogies can make the most learning impact.

Following this, teams created one-year STEM plans for their schools.


A key component in STEM is multi-disciplinary projects, so teachers finished the workshop by designing, building and programming a Wearable solution using a CLWB Wearable kit. This gave them the opportunity to develop new skills and understanding – e.g. Programming, Design, Making and the science behind conductive thread.

We were delighted to bring an edited version of the workshop to the Cognitive Accelaration Conference, Australia –

Cog Accel

Mike would like to thank Adrian and Rachel at Intuyu; Tim Smith from Cognitive Architecture; Mt Alvernia College, Brisbane and Genazzano College, Melbourne, and all the participants at the workshops.

Leadership at The Speed of Thought

World coop lead

Thanks to World Coop Management and Regina Gingel for inviting us to present “Leadership at the Speed of Thought” at this sold-out event in Belo Horizonte –

Key points of the presentation –

  • We are experiencing exponential change driven by technology
  • Machines are making better machines
  • Low skill jobs will be replaced by high skill jobs at an ever accelerated pace
  • What is Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and knowledge-work automation, and what does this mean for leadership?
  • How to exploit new technology, and ensure that you as leaders, and the people you lead, have the skills necessary to thrive in disruptive times.

Slides in English are here: Leadership at the Speed of Thought ENG Pub

Slides em Português está aqui: Liderança à Velocidade do Pensamento Web

CLWB at World Skills 2015

St Nicholas World Skills Guilherme

CLWB was proud to present the fantastic work done at St Nicholas School at one of the biggest education events in the world – World Skills 2015.

With an attendance of 200,000 people, and a 212,000 m2 site, World Skills is an extreme demonstration of applied learning. This bi-annual competition enables students under the age of 23 to compete on the world stage on the basis of their demonstrated abilities. The range of skills covered is vast – from aircraft engineering to software, to beauty therapy.


CLWB was delighted to be invited by the UK Department of Trade and Industry to present on their stand. The presentation featured children and staff from St Nicholas who showed the work they developed using the CLWB curriculum and learning kits.

St Nicholas HeadTeacher, Nick Thody, said “we’re in the 21st Century right now, and the skills that will be needed are certainly not those that we teach at the moment. I’m keen for children to learn the things that technology won’t be able to take away from them. Children need to learn how to make”.

Head of IT, Darren Burchall introduced the staff, students and their work. Darren explained how “the children take what they learn in the CLWB sessions to Science and Mathematics”.

St Nicholas Darren

Darren also told the story of Roberto Alves de Almeida who until recently was a security guard at the school. Roberto was given the opportunity to join the IT team as trainee, and started a part-time university course. As a result of his engagement in the CLWB project he changed his degree subject to fit the CLWB approach, and is now an in-demand teacher at the school.

The first demo was from Beni and Eduardo, Year 7. They invented an “explanation machine” using wand-activated voice explanations of key concepts such as recycling, DIY and consumerism. The students combined 3 key technologies – Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey and 3d printing into a superb example of ‘Invention-based Learning”.

St Nicholas Explanation Machine

St Nicholas Explanation Machine

Explanation Machine

Maria Elisa (Year 8) talked about how much fun it is to learn through programming and robotics.

St Nicholas World Skills Maria Elisa

Guilherme (Year 8), then talked about the excitement of making things like a phone-controlled car – “WOW, I made that!

Matheus (Year 8), talked about how he never misses a single lesson because he enjoys it so much, and why its so important to learn skills such as programming and making products – “We are in a technological revolution. Every day something new is going to appear. Through robotics we develop skills that we wouldn’t learn elsewhere – groupwork, creativity, innovation, and most importantly problem solving. We can fail 50 times – it doesn’t matter, we work as a team to fix the problems and make a great product. I think we should have programming as an actual subject in schools”.

St Nicholas group

Thanks to the students for their professional performances, and for providing such excellent examples of applied learning. Thanks to the teaching staff – Darren Burchall; Daniel Maranho and Roberto Alves de Almeida Jnr. And a special thanks to Nick Thody for brining CLWB to his school. Thanks also to Vera Oliveira and NneNne Iwuji-Eme at UKTI for inviting and hosting us.

More information –