Junior Technology Curriculum

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CLWB now has a full Junior School Technology Curriculum designed for children aged 6 – 11. The course is designed for up to 1 hour a week, and covers a full spectrum of technology from Logic to Flight with a focus on STEM, sustainability, and technology in the world around us. The course includes assessment criteria and will run at Bakhita School Sao Paulo from January 2015.

CLWB at BETT Asia Leadership Summit


We were delighted to present at the first BETT Asia Leadership Summit. We demonstrated some simple principles for using Programming, Electric Ink, and Control Technology to boost STEM learning. Download the presentation (55MB, make sure your security settings allow downloads) from here:BETT Asia Workshop PowerPoint Show.ppsx​​

Coding – Using Java to demonstrate the orbits of the planets in the solar system


Programmable Visual Displays – representing the frequency of the orbits of the planets using flashing LEDs. This solution used Electric Ink for the circuitry.


Games Controller – We showed how the Arduino Esplora can be used for multiple learning scenarios involving gaming and sensors.


We also showed how plot data in Excel from sensors directly from an Arduino.


We also chaired a session entitled ‘Distance education and mobile learning: Increasing choice and accessibility whilst ensuring safety management’. The panel consisted of Dr Daniel Tan, Group Chief Learning Officer, Taylor’s Education Group (TEG) – Malaysia; Stephen Lee, CEO, Swan Christian Education Association – Australia; and Allan Christie, General Manager and Learning Technologist, Blackboard ANZ – Australia

The panel answered questions such as:

  • What outcomes do we want from increased access to distance education and mobile learning?
  • How do we balance access with security?
  • What security is needed for e-examinations/tests and assessments


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.

Standing room only at CLWB Launch Event

Bakhita Event

There was standing room only for a display of three month’s of intense learning at the CLWB@Bahita event last week. Key items:

  • “Forca Zombie” (introduction to programming, and applied Maths)
  • Electrical Circuits – breadboards and basic components
  • E-Christmas card – conductive ink
  • E-Textiles – washable electronics
  • USB Robot
  • Makey Makey Orchestra – “Satisfaction” with cups of water!
  • Arduino Robot – sensors and motors
  • Raspberry Pi programming
  • Explorer project – applied maths, astronomy, and early navigation technology
  • Drone demo – how do drones work?
  • 3d Printing – Metamaquina opens up a world of learning
  • Eduardo Zancul, University of Sao Paulo – Keynote. Digital Making, maker spaces, impacts on new economics of manufacturing, skills needed to participate in this new world
  • The parent’s perspective – Learning value from children’s involvement in CLWB@Bakhita?

Thanks to the wonderful v-team – all of the CLWB children at Bakhita; Rafael Martins; Dani Ono; Marcio Pires; Paulo Silvestre; Eduardo Zancul; Felipe Sanches; Nivaldo and the team at Webcasters; and Carmen Nigro.

Watch the full video (1hr 50 mins) here: http://v3.webcasters.com.br/visualizador.aspx?CodTransmissao=193103


  • See individual videos of what the children at Bakhita have learned here on the Learning Impacts section on this site.
  • Congratulations to Oliver, Louise and Jo at Cadoxton for posting their learnings from their Aeronautics project
  • Whilst its not a learning impact that CLWB can claim, we are proud that all of the children at Nelson Mandela School in San Luis  passed their Trinity English exams with great marks. One teacher even got 3 As. Congratulations!

CLWB welcomes new members


LEARNING IMPACTS – Cadoxton Primary, Wales, have been using the Aeronautics module.

CONNECTING WITH OTHER SCHOOLS – Today we had our first CLWB school link-up – between Schloss Neubeuern Germany, and Escola Bakhita Brazil.

NEW MEMBERS – CLWB welcomes Bryn Hafren Girls Secondary School, Wales to the community.

LAUNCH EVENT – We launch CLWB in Brazil on Wednesday 4th December, with the children showcasing their learning and a webcast which you can log into.



Cadoxton School, Wales, have been using the Aeronautics module (see the blog). The Aeronautics module starts in the stars (with ‘celestial navigation’), and journeys upwards through different forms of flight, and finishes back in the stars with an analysis of Deep Space technologies.


CLWB lit up today with a test link-up between Schloss Neubeuern, Germany, and Escola Bakhita, Brazil. Tomorrow, Cadoxton and San Luis Argentina will link-up too. Here’s some tips –

All CLWB members have a licence to use Lync, and this is a little bit better than Skype. Skype works reasonably well, but its an open, public system it tends to degrade after a few minutes. Lync between CLWB schools is on a private network, so it should work better. Here are the steps you need to take to use Lync:

  • When you log into the CLWB homepage, go to the “settings” symbol at the top right hand side between your username and the “?”
  • Click on Office 365 Settings
  • Click on “Software, Install and manage software”.
  • Click on Lync to install it
  • Log into Lync using your clwb.org username and password. If you know other people’s CLWB addresses then you can add them to your list of Lync contacts, or just contact them if they are logged into CLWB too.

Setting up meetings with other schools is easy. For now, you can do this through me, but you can do it through Outlook by simply choosing the “Online Meeting” option or using the Lync Web Scheduler which you’ll find in the same place as where you installed Lync. Providing, of course that you know the name of who you are connecting to, you can send a meeting request or web-schedule this person directly. Your best bet is to give the person you want to talk to 3 options at different times and on different days, and let them choose the best options.


On Wednesday at Bakhita we are hosting 11 demonstrations by children aged between 8 and 13, covering learning experiences from e-textiles to drones. We may have to run the event outdoors due to the number of registered guests, and these include the press, top Brazilian schools and “industry heavyweights”. You will find an outline of the event here: http://edutechassociates.net.

Log into the event online at 9.00PM UTC/GMT on December 4th – http://v3.webcasters.com.br/Login.aspx?codTransmissao=193103 (just enter you name and preferred email address to gain access). The event will be mainly in Portuguese, but the demos are very visual and will speak for themselves.

CLWB takes off!

After 6 months of hard R&D, we have built a curriculum and piloted Invention Based Learning at Bakhita School, Sao Paulo, Brazil


LEARNING IMPACTS – we’ve had some great learning results from Bakhita in Brazil, and Rafael Martins has put some video footage of children explaining and reflecting on their learning experiences on the blog. Watch out for lots more video on the blog and public site at the end of next week.

CURRICULUM – 3 units are completed, which means we now have 1 year’s worth of material and challenges online.

NEW MEMBERS – CLWB welcomes schools in Australia and Germany into the community. We look forward to seeing their students and teachers participate.

NEW CHALLENGES – following the successful sporting event challenge, we have some new challenges to engage and stretch your students.



They said it couldn’t be done, yet here in Brazil we have 8 year old children writing code in Python on Raspberry Pis and posting code to the blog for others in CLWB to use! We also have children who can (without adult supervision) connect Raspberry Pis to Laptop PCs using Putty and X-Terminal – System Engineering and Coding for 8-12 year olds! I’m sure there are others in CLWB who could “trump” this though – so lets hear about your Learning Impacts too. Check out the blog and filter for “Learning Impacts” for more information.


The first three CLWB modules (Themes) are complete and posted, and will take children from “Electrons to the Stars”. The first Theme starts with basic electronics, and we finish 21 Steps later with digital making tasks on the them of exploring the stars. Please try these out and post your comments/results online. Log onto the CLWB homepage, and use the left hand navigation to get to the first three Themes. Each of these Themes have Discussion Items, e.g F3-Aeronautics, “Step 1 – Navigation by the Stars”. The idea is for the community to shape these through comments and suggestions. The core of CLWB is ‘community driven R&D for learning’ and we’ve set up the platform specifically to facilitate this.


“A big welcome to CLWB to Eltham College, a top, innovative school in Melbourne, Australia. Amongst Eltham College’s values are excellence; being part of a global community; innovation; and sharing knowledge, so the College is ideally placed to participate in the CLWB community. A core mission for Eltham is to prepare their graduates to adapt to a rapidly changing world – to be “World Ready”. We therefore look forward to connecting staff and students at Eltham College to their counterparts in other CLWB schools, and seeing Eltham students excelling at CLWB challenges”.

A big welcome to CLWB also for Schloss Neubeurn – a top independent boarding school in Bavaria, Germany. Besides excelling in academic areas, the school prides itself on holistic education, international perspectives and connections, and modern approaches to education. The school excels at the use of technology, and has recently been awarded Microsoft Mentor School status. They also ensure that their students are ready to compete in the workplace, and recently held an enterprise event at which students had to pitch for venture capital. Schloss Neubeuern very much fits with the CLWB ethos and approach and we very much look forward to seeing the staff and students engage in CLWB activities.


Explorer Challenge

The Worldwide Telescope Challenge was exciting, so we’ve extended it and rolled it up with the Explorer Challenge. We’ve created a detailed Step-by-Step guide to turning a recreation space (e.g. P ay-ground or yard) into “part of the world”, so children can enact medieval exploration. The guide comes complete with supporting files for download. We’ve broken down the maths into easy chunks, and left plenty of space for creativity. I’m here to help if anyone needs it.

Disaster Relief Challenge

How can technology help in major disasters like the one that struck the Philippines recently? Check out the Disaster Relief Challenge to get your students thinking about this.