Professional Development

To foster lifelong learning opportunities for teachers through our Strawbees Education offering.

Interested in Strawbees professional development?

Driven by curiosity, we write with enthusiasm for what Strawbees can offer teachers and students of every age, aim, and ability: creative thinking skills!

Welcome educators!

— My name is Lindsay, I’m a maker educator, artist, and learning designer with 10 years experience running programs. We want to provide teachers with opportunities to lift barriers to learning technologies and new instructional methods using Strawbees.

Our programs help provide support, strengthen practice and skills with hands-on learning materials to increase the quality of teaching, ultimately for improving student learning to become creative thinkers.

Read more here about how we work with teachers and educators.

Let’s inspire, learn and play together!

Lindsay Balfour
Learning and Community at Strawbees

Upcoming Playinars

 Watch out for the upcoming online playinars with Strawbees and our partners.

Getting Started: Coding & Robotics with Quirkbot 

Wednesday, October 30th

10.30am EDT (NY, USA) | 9.30am CDT (Texas, USA) | 3.30pm BT (UK) | 4.30pm CET (Sweden)

Join for a getting started session with Quirkbot. The first half includes becoming familiar with the Quirkbot, how to assemble the board together with the electronic components of LEDs and servo motors, and Strawbees CODE with the Coding cards. The second half is about programming using the Friendbot with the new Event blocks.

Featured educators:
Paulo Barcelos (Strawbees), Lindsay Balfour (Strawbees)

Stay tuned for more to be scheduled!

Previous playinars

Missed any of our playinars? Watch the recordings and download resources here!

Getting started with Robotic Inventions for micro:bit

Assemble the Robotic Inventions board with the micro:bit together with Lindsay. Get started on using the Strawbees extension, coding cards and the new resources for physical computing projects in MakeCode! 

Artbots and Architecture

Learn about creative education using architecture & design as holistic real-world phenomena to integrate STEAM subjects from Arkki International, with 26 years of experience and programs approved by the Finnish Ministry of Education.

Halfway through join for a short workshop of building Artbots with Quirkbot. Experiment coding movement and visualize the robot’s movement in an interesting way with markers, watercolor, or any drawing media you have at home.

SamLabs & Strawbees - Remote Learning for Back to School

Watch this webinar as we reveal our collaboration with Sam Yancey, Gifted Teacher at Haywood County Schools on the new distance learning offerings, designed for in-school and at-home learning with Samlabs and Strawbees.

City building and the SDGs

Design a city around different scenarios such as geographic location, population growth, conservation, preservation, or prevention against natural disasters. Learn how to implement concepts of sustainability into a city’s development with the United Nation 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Ideas with Strawbees + micro:bit 

In this playinar with Katie Henry from the Micro:bit Education Foundation and Lindsay from Strawbees are giving an introduction to micro:bit & Strawbees using the brand new Robotic Inventions board for physical computing.

Strawbees + Makey Makey Mashup

Watch our hands-on playinar 'Makey Makey + Strawbees Mashup' - it was epic! We found the #RoundtheWorld_ChainReaction Challenge to be a great encouragement to keep learning through play at home. It's also a fun way to connect your ideas with the global community! So grab your Makey Makey, a Strawbees set, and some household materials and join our silly and fun chain reactions below!

Storytelling with micro:bit and Strawbees

Watch our hands-on playinar 'Storytelling with micro:bit + Strawbees'. We want to encourage educators to keep learning through play at home. Bring your micro:bit and Strawbees and anything you have to make a friend(bot) together!

Engineering with paper

Watch our hands-on Playniar 'Engineering with Paper' by creators Godwyn Morris, Paula Frisch, and Lindsay Balfour. The techniques presented give students foundational engineering skills to use for design thinking and engineering challenges. Have paper, tape, scissors, Strawbees, and straws handy to join us for some Engineering with Paper adventures.

Previous teacher conference

Strawbees was part of the digital T4 Conference. T4 brings together teachers from around the world for this unique virtual event to share their stories and experiences. Learning about teacher well-being, teacher leadership, teacher technology, and teacher collaboration.

The New Normal - Education Post COVID-19

May 30th, 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT/7 pm CEST

A free global online conference - led by teachers, for teachers.

T4 brings together teachers from around the world for this unique virtual event to share their stories and experiences.


  • Teacher well-being
  • Teacher leadership
  • Teacher technology
  • Teacher collaboration

Strawbees Learning

Strawbees applies MIT Lifelong Kindergarden’s Creative Learning Spiral Pedagogy. Check out Strawbees Learning, a platform for innovative teachers who embrace creative thinking and hands-on learning. You’ll find downloadable lesson plans, activities and lots of useful support material.


Online course

Sign-up to take a guided course when launched with the Strawbees Education team and dive into deeper experiences individually or together as a teacher team in your learning environment!

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