Workbench Builds Engaged Online Communities for Maker Companies

Company expands beyond its former CWIST name to build integrated communities and engaging hands-on lessons for the classroom
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Baltimore, MD – June 24, 2016  – Edtech company CWIST is expanding to become Workbench as it brings its branding in line with its core mission of creating online communities called “workbenches.” Workbench develops and maintains these communities on behalf of their education partners, which are some of the preeminent names in the maker space. 

Workbenches foster an engaged community where users can interact with the company and with one another to share programs, lessons and experiences. In addition, the content created in these workbenches can be leveraged by educators to drive interactive, hands-on learning in the classroom helping to meet NGSS standards.

Teachers, students and fans can now share lessons that use drones, robots and circuits to teach STEM skills. With the fully integrated and custom learning management system within Workbench, teachers can use it to assign lessons and monitor student progress. Workbench will begin working with schools and districts across the country to facilitate this maker-driven engaged education later this year.

“We revolve around project-based learning so we wanted our name to reflect this key focus on making, building and learning,” said Workbench founder and CEO Chris Sleat. “But this is not your father’s workbench. These online sites, or “workbenches,” provide a new generation of fun, exciting learning experiences that teach programming, coding and other critical STEM skills. You can use the workbenches to make and program your own robots and drones or to share designs to print your own parts. The sky is the limit.”

The Workbench platform allows partner companies to reach more people in a dynamic way and build long-term relationships with their customers as they expand content on the platform. For students and teachers, the Workbench platform provides a place to find free, engaging online projects that allow students to learn STEM skills while building and creating.  Workbench has partnered with Sphero, which makes app-enabled teachable robots, to power its SPRK Lightning LabTM and PowerUp Toys to offer its PowerUp Flight Deck for building and using paper airplane drones. To view the Workbench platform, go to www.workbenchplatform.com.

About Workbench

Workbench’s core mission is to partner with maker space companies to create online learning communities called workbenches. These workbenches foster an engaged community where users can interact with the company and with one another to share programs, lessons and experiences in order to drive interactive, hands-on learning in the classroom. In addition, the fully integrated and custom learning management system within Workbench allows teachers to assign lessons and monitor student progress.

Workbench has partnered with some of the preeminent names in the maker space including Sphero and PowerUp Toys. For more information, visit www.workbenchplatform.com.

Sphero, the Sphero logo, SPRK, SPRK + and Lightning Lab are trademarks of Sphero. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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