Workbench Partners With 2 STEM Curriculum and Content Providers
Workbench, which until
recently was known as CWIST, has partnered with two more
companies to create online communities known as "workbenches."
develops and maintains a platform that accommodates online communities
users can interact with a company and with one another to share
lessons and experiences. In addition, the content created in these
can be leveraged by educators to drive interactive, hands-on learning
two new partner companies are SparkFun and Parrot.
provides maker kits that allow students to use
sensors, switches and controllers to learn skills related to geometry,
art, physics and coding.
goal is to make the world of electronics accessible to
everyone by providing the tools, resources and support to help budding
inventors fulfill their vision," said Nathan Seidle, founder and CEO of
uses educational tools to create projects involving
drones and robots to help students develop similar skills.
an integrated and custom learning management system
within Workbench, teachers can use it to assign lessons and monitor
progress. Workbench will begin working with schools and districts
country to facilitate this maker-driven education later this year.
Workbench already has partnered with Sphero, which makes app-enabled
robots, and PowerUp Toys to offer its PowerUp
Flight Deck for building and using paper
"We revolve around project-based learning, so we wanted our new name to
reflect this key focus on making, building and learning," said
and CEO Chris Sleat. "But this is not your father's workbench. These
online sites, or 'workbenches' provide fun, exciting learning
teach programming, coding and other critical STEM skills."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.