6 kid inventors to inspire you on National Make A Difference Day October 20, 2016


I broke my arm when I was 6. Suddenly, it was impossible to get mac ‘n cheese from my bowl into my noodle hole without dropping most of each spoonful. I would have loved a helpful invention that scooped up those tasty yellow elbows and carried them to my mouth. If my brother and I had littleBits at the time, I’d like to think he would have invented one for me.

How to hack your house for Halloween October 18, 2016


Are you thinking of turning your abode into a haunted house for Halloween? You can amp up the scare-factor to your house with Bits! These genius design hacks will make your living space spooky and innovative. And, if you’re already taking our Halloween Challenge, this is just another way to get your invention process started – with your home!

5 Ways to Hack Your Halloween with littleBits October 7, 2016

  Are you ready for the scariest night of the year? Halloween is probably my favorite night of the year because it encourages people to be silly and inventive. And what better way to up your spook factor than with littleBits! You can add lights to your costume, motors to your decorations, and set up pranks to […]

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The Making of Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition October 3, 2016

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Behold! The new Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition: the new tool for unleashing your inner inventor. The 2nd Edition has new inventions, new accessories, but most importantly, the Bluetooth Low Energy Bit. And what does that mean? You can now build inventions AND control them from a smart device.

Engineering For Kids is inspiring the next generation of inventors with Bits September 20, 2016


Engineering For Kids is a program that brings science, technology, engineering, and STEM, to kids ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way through classes, camps, and clubs. We’re thrilled to highlight this program as one of our Chapters and learn more about how they’re incorporating littleBits into a creative and dynamic curriculum.

Over 2,000 students rocked the NYC DOE STEM Summer In The City Program September 14, 2016


This summer, littleBits participated in NYC Department of Education’s STEM Summer in the City Program. For 5 weeks, 105 teachers used littleBits to teach 2,100 students lessons such as Invent a Self Driving Car & Invent A Throwing Arm. Kids also participated in open challenges like Invent for Good and created games with their inventions. Here’s a rundown of the favorite things we saw and heard at summer school.

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Featured Educator Kelly Knight on life-long learning September 2, 2016

Kelly Knight is the STEAM coordinator at Riverside Presbyterian Day School and a beta member of the brand new School Chapters Program that will formally launch later this year. When she’s not tinkering alongside her students, Kelly’s dreaming of inventing new modes of green travel. You can check out her student’s work on the Invent page! Please describe yourself in 6 words […]

Why we want you to fail, again and again August 26, 2016

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As Aaliyah once said, “if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. You can dust it off and try again. Try again.” (Well, the original quote is from William Edward Hickson, but Aaliyah RULES.) As an inventor it’s important to learn how to deal with your failure so it doesn’t stop […]

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The Nerdy Teacher joins our August 31 Community Call August 19, 2016

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Photo by The Nerdy Teacher Join the wonderful, whimtastical Maker Educator Nicholas Provenzano, AKA Nerdy Teacher, on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 for the August littleBits Community Call! If you are looking to start a makerspace in your school, this is the event for you. Bring your questions to the expert and hear him talk about his new […]

Following the #iLookLikeAnEngineer movement August 18, 2016

Isis Anchalee started a life-changing movement. A year ago, she created the #iLookLikeAnEngineer hashtag and in that instant, one tweet changed the world. Image by Isis Anchalee via Medium And what’s amazing is that this hashtag is still going strong. Anchalee reflects, “Because it developed a life of its own, I’m not even aware of the […]

This mom thinks overachieving kids are overrated August 16, 2016

Jane Andraka is changing the face of parenting as we know it. Her son, Jack, is the inventor behind a life-changing invention that detects early signs of pancreatic cancer. Her other son, Luke, is studying electrical engineering. She doesn’t credit their innovation to overachieving or checking off “the right boxes” in school – instead she credits […]

Community Newsletter: BitOlympics Showcase Edition August 15, 2016

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The BitOlympians – and all of us at littleBits HQ in NYC – are feeling the heat this week, with temperatures pushing 100 degrees, and our BitOlympians pushing the limits of inventing as they strive for the gold medal. While our amazing Online Community Manager Jude is on vacation, our Guest Author and Customer Success […]

Remembering Seymour Papert, mathematician and visionary August 15, 2016

The worlds of tech and innovation suffered a devastating loss this month. Seymour Papert was a prominent mathematician and leading visionary in pioneering education with computers. Dr. Papert passed away on July 31st. Image by Bob Kramer/SPA Magazine/Courtesy of the MIT Media Lab via The Washington Post Dr. Papert was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who changed […]

Inventor News: Honoring Seymour Papert August 12, 2016

There’s so much happening in the worlds of tech and innovation. Here at littleBits, we want to share the latest insights on invention with you. So, here’s to a new series that will get you inspired to create and get your mind working on new ideas! Photo by Matthew Wiebe 1. Seymour Papert saw education’s […]

Vending Machine Collaboration with Sky Shin July 7, 2016

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In our Community we are fortunate to have Sky Shin who has used littleBits to create a bunch of super cool machines!  Her Grab and Go Backpack won the 2015 Hack Your Backpack Challenge, and Ayah Bdeir showed Sky’s Medicine Machine at the White House this spring as part of a panel entitled “Breaking Down […]

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News of the Bitosphere! June 27, 2016 June 27, 2016

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Make beats & friends with this Cheeseboard Keyboard!  Community Hall of Fame Beat Wheel & Cheeseboard Keyboard by BitCaper features a homemade controller made from a paper disk spinning on a DC motor.  When light from a long led shines through hole, the oscillator gets a momentary pulse; altogether the pulses create a rhythmic beat.  […]

ISTE 2016: All the littleBits happenings! June 10, 2016

Planning on going to ISTE 2016 in Denver? littleBits will be there in a big way! Come see littleBits Founder + CEO Ayah Bdeir speak, say hi to us at our booth, or join one of the workshops! Check out all the events below! EdTekTalk with Ayah Bdeir — You don’t want to miss this!  Monday, […]

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These 3 #ChainReaction Challenge Winners Changed How We Think About Collaboration June 9, 2016


You tinkered with tools. You experimented with everyday objects. You created playfully absurd machines to accomplish a simple goal. You broke your machine. And then you fixed it. We were insanely impressed by the submissions to the #ChainReaction Challenge. You pushed the boundaries of play and creativity by opening food, charging your phone, setting off […]

Educator Resources: littleBits Online Summer Camp June 1, 2016


Bring camp to the classroom from June 17-23!  We’ve created the littleBits Online Summer Camp so you and your students can easily participate in the National Week of Making. The theme? MUSIC. We’ll send out one mini-challenge a day starting June 17. This is a challenge-based approach that will have your students inventing and studying instruments, learning […]

Announcing littleBits First-ever Free Online Summer Camp May 31, 2016


The Summer camp challenge submission period is now closed! Winners will be announced Monday, July 11.   This June, littleBits is dropping beats all over the world for a most epic event. We are hosting our first ever, free online summer camp from June 17-23 as part of the National Week of Making. Last year, […]

littleBits at Maker Faire Bay Area May 26, 2016


Photo credit Marla Aufmuth We were located in the Microsoft booth at Maker Faire Bay Area this year, inspiring kids to become inventors. We had two tables, one dedicated to Bit basics, letting attendees snap together circuits and the other dedicated to completed IoT projects, including our favorite remote pet feeder project. If you tweeted #feedmycat, it […]

News of the Bitosphere! May 23, 2016 May 23, 2016

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“With great power comes great responsibility.”  Photo by Rory Nugent, Senior Electronics Engineer at littleBits. Community Hall of Fame Minecraft Smart House – In this week’s Community Hall of Fame pick, Vincent (AKA Vlab) uses the cloudBit module to control things inside his AWESOME Minecraft Smart House.  He connects Bits to redstone to open/close doors,  […]

Join us for the littleBits Community Call on 5/25 with special guest Joseph Herscher May 17, 2016


Hey there Bitsters! Are you ready for magnificent mechanical machines? For a world of strange contraptions and chain reactions? As part of our May challenge, our special guest for this month’s Community Call is Joseph Herscher. He is an amazing kinetic artist based in NYC who specializes in making comical chain-reaction machines that have been viewed by […]

littleBits at Maker Faire Bay Area May 17, 2016


Come see us at Bay Area Maker Faire  from May 20-22! This year we’re setting up shop inside the Microsoft booth with a giant pile of Bits. Stop by the littleBits table in the Microsoft booth in Zone 2, where makers can demo littleBits IoT inventions and get hands-on with the littleBits workshop set. IoT inventions will include a cloud-controlled doorbell, a […]

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School Chapters are here! May 16, 2016


The littleBits Global Chapters program launched just over one year ago. Since it’s inception, 250 Chapters have been started by passionate individuals and organizations in 55 countries– from Beirut to Bangkok, Cape Town to Chicago, Mexico City to Munich and so many places in between. Through these Chapter programs, we’ve seen first-hand that some of […]

Announcing the #HackYourHabits winners! May 12, 2016


Hacking your habits is no easy task. Which is why we are incredibly inspired by the thoughtful – and very cloud connected – approach you took to this challenge. Big congrats and many thanks to all who submitted inventions. We ~*LOVED*~ them all. A few of our favs included Don’t NEON the Lights by abby.mowry (who also […]

Diamond Minecart’s bitCraft Inventions May 12, 2016


Last year we worked with DanTDM to show you how easy it is to control redstone with littleBits using out Minecraft mod. The bitCraft mod connects your cloudBit-powered inventions to Minecraft. Activate redstone with a littleBits button, or set a pressure plate to buzz a Bit in your room. Learn more and download the mod […]

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littleBits + NYC Department of Education: STEM Summer in the City 2016 May 10, 2016


We’re super excited that 2,100 students in the largest school district in the country, the New York City Department of Education, will be using the littleBits STEAM Student Set this summer! littleBits will be one of the learning tools for students in grades 2-5 for the NYC DOE’s Summer in the City STEM enrichment program.

News of the Bitosphere! May 9, 2016 May 9, 2016


“In FabLab Trojmiasto we create a creative community that gives people access to the space and tools needed for prototyping new technologies and build (almost) everything. Stop thinking about it. Do it!” Community Hall of Fame Introducing the “semi-intelligent bridge” #ChainReaction by Donald Drake, who currently lives in Berlin, Germany.  “For this Rube Goldberg  (that […]

WSJ: “Your child can finally make that secret-code-protected, noise-activated light she’s always wanted.” May 5, 2016


“This child-friendly system makes it surprisingly easy to cobble together advanced gadgets from scratch… The littleBits Gizmo & Gadgets Kit includes plenty of parts to build contraptions like the remote-control vehicle; it’s an ideal introduction to the underlying technology driving the electronics around us. “

Global Chapter Case Study: Fab Lab Trójmiasto May 5, 2016


As the littleBits Global Chapters program grows and our School Chapters program launches, we wanted to highlight the unique spaces using littleBits and hosting events around the world. For this series, we’ve interviewed six Chapter leaders (from different types of spaces) and encouraged them to share their experience with us.   1. Please describe your space […]

News of the Bitosphere! May 2, 2016 May 2, 2016

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Pictured above: Chapter Leader, Edona Bejtullahu (center), with two mentors from the BONEVET Makerspace in Gjakova, Kosovo.  “BONEVET is a fully equipped and professionally maintained space dedicated for members in order to inflict the spirit of making by re-energizing education with the creativity, innovation, curiosity, motivation, technical know-how, and playfulness that characterize our maker community.” […]

#ChainReaction Contraption Challenge May 2, 2016


*****THIS CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8***** Rube Goldberg is one of our design heroes. He wasn’t interested in the efficient, easy way of accomplishing a task. Instead, Mr. Goldberg got creative by going complicated – insanely, fantastically, whimsically complicated. He invented chain reaction contraptions that do something simple, […]

News of the Bitosphere! April 25, 2016 April 25, 2016

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Hiya, Bitsters! Point your eyeballs all around this lively drawing by Oscar. He calls it “littleBits”, and it makes us smile SO BIG!   Community Hall of Fame Robot Wars Team Building, uploaded by Hugo of London, UK.   “We designed a team building event in which four groups needed to make and decorate a […]

littleBits <3 codebender! April 23, 2016

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  We <3 Arduino. It let’s us control bits in new and exciting ways, it’s a great tool for learning how to code, and it can take your invention to the next level. That’s why we are very excited to announce a partnership that will make programming the Arduino bit easier and better than ever: codebender. […]

Kids in Flint “Invent for Good” with littleBits April 20, 2016


On April 2nd, littleBits teamed up with the Office of Michigan State Senator James Ananich and the Flint Public Library to hold an Invent For Good workshop for kids and parents in Flint, Michigan. Over 40 kids (and 3 news crews!) attended and were challenged to invent something that solves a real world problem using […]

News of the Bitosphere! April 18, 2016 April 18, 2016


“​Greetings from Greenwich, Connecticut!”  Hiya, Bitsters!  Are you ready to get inventing?    Community Hall of Fame Calm your dog with Pawmer #HackYourHabits by Anoushka Banerjee, a fourth grader from Santa Clara, California. The Banerjee family found themselves losing too much sleep when they adopted Leo, a Shiba-Inu puppy.  Anoushka decided to fix that problem […]