Update – Impacts, Welcomes and Perspectives


LEARNING IMPACTS – Teacher Training at St Nicholas and Croesyceiliog schools

WELCOME – New members and partners

NEW PROJECTS – CLWB micro-school project

NEW CONTENT – Programming module added, White Paper for Microsoft Singapore


PERSPECTIVE – Must read Economist article and special report


Back in June we proudly announced a new partnership with St Nicholas School, Sao Paulo. Since then we mapped CLWB to the school’s curriculum, designed a purpose-built “Robotics Studio”, run 3 teacher training courses, supported technical developments including network setup, and enabled the school to run what is now its most popular Elective module. The pictures below show our first teacher training module, and children engaged in CLWB Electronics in the purpose-built studio.

In other developments we delivered teacher training and kits at Croesyceiliog School, Wales, UK.


Welcome first of all to new members, Croesyceiliog School, Wales, UK. Thanks to Alun Willis, his colleagues and students for a great session at the school. Croesyceiliog is a publicly funded secondary school with around 1600 students. Alun is introducing CLWB Electronics, Computer Science, Programming and Robotics to the school in an attempt to get ahead of the curve in Wales. We look forward to further supporting Alun on this journey.

We also welcome our new support engineer – Pedro Crotti. Pedro is an A* student studying Mechanical Eng and Computer Science at Brazil’s top university, as well as providing technical support for CLWB. Pedro knows all the CLWB modules inside-out and has translated them into Portuguese. We also welcome two new tutors who have been working with us at St Paul’s school – Prof. Rafael Telles – an expert at Arduino and C; and Kenya Fernandes, a Lawyer by training, with an infectious passion for robotics, computing and coding.


We are delighted to be working with a new venture – {Codex} – in Espirito Santo, Brazil. The project is about building and operating “micro-schools” using the CLWB curriculum and content. CLWB is providing a range of services, including design, training and the learning platform. The model is similar to English schools, but with the learning focus squarely on ‘invention-based learning’. The launch of the program is scheduled for October 17th in Vitoria.


We have added a new module – Programming. The idea behind the CLWB Programming course is to give children an entry-point into the world of programming, and the foundation skills needed to progress further. In this course, students will learn how to create games, sophisticated animations and graphics applets with Java, and learn how to program apps for phones. Children attending this course will also develop their mathematical and logical thinking skills.

This has given us scope to separate Electronics from Computing Computer Science, so now the lineup of CLWB modules looks like this:

 Electronics E-Fashion
 Computer Science Manufacturing
 Programming Construction
 Robotics Wearables
 Flight Media and Entertainment

We have also completed a vision paper for Microsoft Singapore focussing on preparing students for more volatile and unpredictable times ahead. The paper explains how technology can be used to amplify innovation, creativity and intelligence and covers areas such as innovation, coding, computer science, and digital making. Members and subscribers to this newsletter will receive a copy once published.


We highly recommend an Economist article entitled Wealth without workers, workers without wealth which explains how the digital revolution is bringing sweeping change to labour markets in both rich and poor worlds. “…. so far, the upheaval has been felt most by low- and mid-skilled workers in rich countries. The incomes of the highly educated—those with the skills to complement computers—have soared, while pay for others lower down the skill ladder has been squeezed”.

This article is a summary of a special report which includes a great article entitled “The third great wave” (industrial revolution). In the same special report another article about technology and productivity argues that “over-education has been a consistent problem in most developed economies, which do not produce enough suitable jobs to absorb the growing number of college-educated workers. Over the next few decades demand in the top layer of the labour market may well centre on individuals with high abstract reasoning, creative, and interpersonal skills that are beyond most workers, including graduates.

Perspectives – Maker Movement in Schools, Hackschooling, Coding and Disruption



Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms? – http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/can-the-maker-movement-infiltrate-mainstream-classrooms/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140705

Hackschooling makes me happy: Thanks to Nick Thody, Principal at St Nicholas, for pointing to this terrific TED Talk –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h11u3vtcpaY&feature=em-share_video_user&noredirect=1

Great ‘Economist’ article on disruption happening to Higher Education –  “Automation is beginning to have the same effect on white-collar jobs as it has on blue-collar ones. According to a study from Oxford University, 47% of occupations are at risk of being automated in the next few decades. http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21605906-cost-crisis-changing-labour-markets-and-new-technology-will-turn-old-institution-its

Why our girls are going to coding camp http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/06/16/computer-coding-summer-camp/10022921/

A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami  http://www.ted.com/talks/manu_prakash_a_50_cent_microscope_that_folds_like_origami