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Teacher Tuesdays at the NYC littleBits Pop-Up Store October 2, 2015

This fall, we are starting a bi-weekly series called “Teacher Tuesdays” at our NYC Pop-Up store in SoHo! The idea is to give educators an opportunity to learn about littleBits with a free workshop while sipping on wine, munching on tasty bites, and meeting other educators from across the tristate area. See below for detailed information […]

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Hack Your Backpack Winner! October 1, 2015

Thanks to all of the #HackPack inventors who participated in this year’s Hack Your Backpack back to school challenge. Over 50 backpacks were submitted to the littleBits project page, including ones that automatically unzipped, glowed in the dark, played music and even flashed #IStandWithAhmed and #ILoveCats on LED matrixes. The judges have made their decision and it’s time to announce the winner […]

Save the Date! Educator Webinars in October October 1, 2015


October is chock full of learning opportunities for educators. We’re happy to announce the following webinars that are coming up. Mark your calendars now. Bringing STEAM to Your District or School — October 8 Presented in partnership with eSchool News. This webinar will give you the inspiration to start your own STEAM learning initiative in […]

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Education Case Study: littleBits Classroom Integration September 22, 2015

littleBits Classroom Integration Colonial School District 3rd – 5th Grades, 9th – 12th Grades Sergio Anaya, Supervisor of Instructional Innovation Brian Adams, Instructional Technology Liaison and Coach The Colonial School District’s STEAM culture empowers students to develop innovative ideas and solve problems in an environment where they can explore, plan, create, experiment and improve. This […]

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Education Case Study: littleBits 1:1 September 22, 2015

littleBits 1:1 Marymount School of New York MARYMOUNT SCHOOL OF NEW YORK 3rd – 5th Grades Concepcion Alvar, Headmistress Jane Bell, Head of the Lower Middle School Lesa Wang, Art Teacher/STEAM Marymount is an innovative, all-girls independent school in Manhattan that has been at the forefront of integrating maker education into the curriculum for students […]

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Education Case Study: littleBits Invention Lab September 22, 2015

littleBits Invention Lab New Milford High School, New Jersey 9th – 12th grades Laura Fleming, Library Media Specialist Eric Sheninger, Former Principal New Milford High School has an innovative culture and had a makerspace in place when Laura Fleming discovered littleBits at an educator event at the Brooklyn Public Library. She saw how easy the Bits […]

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Two free ways to get littleBits in your classroom or makerspace September 17, 2015


At littleBits, our mission is to inspire the next generation of inventors by providing a 21st-century learning tool at the intersection of STEM/STEAM and the Maker Movement, and get it into the hands of as many educators as possible. And what better way to get it into your hands than by giving away a $2000 […]

Chapter Spotlight: Gearbots Makerspace, with Dereck Dirom September 16, 2015


  Dereck Dirom @GearBotsBC   Our Global Chapters Program is a global network of organizations with a shared mission of putting the power of electronics in the hand of everyone regardless of age, gender, technical ability and language. Find your local Chapter or start your own!   Where are you based? The GearBots Makerspace program is located in […]

Four more years! Four more years! September 8, 2015

littleBits turns 4 and Bitsters rejoice with surprise sacred vows and rap serenade  This September 1st marked littleBits’ four-year anniversary (aka Bitiversary) as a company, and you better believe things got E-P-I-C at our weekly team pow-wow. For the occasion, Patrick Molloy, Customer Success Lead and Universal Life Reverend, surprised littleBits founder & CEO, Ayah Bdeir, and Director of […]

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Chapter Spotlight: Upgrade @ Flying Fox Studios, with Justin Gilfillan September 2, 2015


Justin Gilfillan @flyingfoxstudio   Our Global Chapters Program is a global network of organizations with a shared mission of putting the power of electronics in the hand of everyone regardless of age, gender, technical ability and language. Find your local Chapter or start your own!   Where are you based? Our littleBits Chapter is run from Flying Fox […]

How to Run A littleBits Workshop August 26, 2015


At littleBits, we’re on a mission to unleash creativity by empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small, with our platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks.     Running a littleBits workshop is an awesome way to get people of all ages inventing, learning by doing, and thinking in fresh ways about the world around […]

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Chapter Spotlight: Girls Learning littleBits, with Ksenia Nadkina August 26, 2015


Ksenia Nadkina Girls Learning littleBits   Our Global Chapters Program is a global network of organizations with a shared mission of putting the power of electronics in the hand of everyone regardless of age, gender, technical ability and language. Find your local Chapter or start your own!   Where are you based? Calgary, Canada   Tell us more about […]

Educator’s Guide: Lesson Plan Design August 21, 2015

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This mini-lesson is an excerpt from our Educator’s Guide, which contains other lessons, challenges, tips & tricks, & more. Click here to read the full Educators Guide.   LESSON PLAN DESIGN WITH LITTLEBITS     As you begin to design littleBits lessons for your own classroom, you may find it helpful to think through and […]

Chapter Spotlight: littleBits Lyon, with Connie & Benjamin Chow-Petit August 19, 2015

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  littleBits Lyon Connie & Benjamin Petit   Our Global Chapters Program is a global network of organizations with a shared mission of putting the power of electronics in the hand of everyone regardless of age, gender, technical ability and language. Find your local Chapter or start your own!   Where are you based? Greetings from Lyon, France! […]

Educator’s Guide: Reverse Engineering with littleBits August 14, 2015

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This mini-lesson is an excerpt from our Educator’s Guide, which contains other lessons, challenges, tips & tricks, & more. Click here to read the full Educators Guide.   MINI-LESSON: REVERSE ENGINEERING WITH LITTLEBITS     Connect Begin by showing students a common object that performs an action and can be easily taken apart, such as […]

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Educator Spotlight: Lindsey Own, 7th Grade Science Teacher August 6, 2015


Lindsey Own Shoreline, Washington   What’s your current role and location? I’ve been the 7th grade science teacher at The Evergreen School in Shoreline, Washington for eight years, and starting this fall I’ll be the lead teacher of our new school-wide makerspace, preschool through 8th grade.   What was your first impression of littleBits, and […]

Educator Spotlight: Sergio Anaya, Supervisor of Instructional Innovation August 6, 2015


  Sergio Anaya Montgomery County, Pennsylvania   What’s your role at your school? I am the Supervisor of Instructional Innovation in the Colonial School District.   How have you used littleBits in the past? We started using littleBits in the Spring of 2014 in our 5th grade Social Studies unit, “Inventors and Inventions.” Since then, we […]

Chapter Spotlight: Amnon & Gabi Carmel of TechScience Australia August 5, 2015

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AMNON & GABI CARMEL TECHSCIENCE   I am based in… Beautiful Sydney, Australia Tell us more about your organization/space. TechScience Australia aims to prepare the children of Australia to life in the 21st century. We have a makers space in which we combine littleBits with 3D Printing and other technologies, hold littleBits workshops and run an […]

The littleBits Invention Cycle — In Action! August 5, 2015

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Inspired by all the far-out things happening in space lately (weird rocks found on Mars, the blue moon, etc.), I recently created a new invention and uploaded it to the littleBits Project Page: a UFO. After completing the project myself, I can attest that, while this hovercraft may look “easy” because it’s composed of common household […]

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Case Study: Colonial School District August 4, 2015


Meet Sergio Anaya, Curriculum Supervisor for the Colonial School District in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Sergio works with a number of different grade levels to identify real world problems and use littleBits to invent and prototype innovative solutions. Read more about their STEAM programs and Pro Library experience in this week’s case study. littleBits Case Study Submission By: Sergio […]

Meet The Makers: Travis Lin & Holihola, Grand BitOlympians August 4, 2015


Travis Lin & Team Holihola     We met Travis in person at Maker Faire San Mateo this year, although he has a littleBits community member for quite some time. He was recently accepted as a Chapter leader and hosted his first event around the BitOlympics– the competition he and his team eventually won!   Where […]

The BitOlympics Results Are In… July 29, 2015

After three weeks, over 50 events around the world and 100 submissions, the votes are in. We are incredibly excited to announce the first-ever BitOlympic Champions. …. drum roll….   The Olive Wreath & Grand BitOlympian Awards go to Jason Huang, Bou-Yu Chen, Chin Ia Hung, Orilla Lin, Hal Maa, Jyun Siang Wang, Huang Shu Ting and Travis […]

Meet The Makers: Alayna Hughes & Pierluigi Barberis, Creative Technologists July 28, 2015

Alayna Hughes & Pierluigi Barberis @Curiosibot We first met Alayna and Pierluigi when they applied to become Chapters leaders in March, 2015. Immediately after launching their Chapter at the Berklee Valencia Maker Lab, they started hosting events and the projects they uploaded caught our eyes. Where are you based? Valencia, Spain What’s the maker scene […]

Chapter Spotlight: Staten Island Makerspace, with Jarred Sutton July 22, 2015

Staten Island Makerspace Jarred Sutton     I am based in… Staten Island, NY, the greenest borough making a new name for itself! Tell us more about your organization/space. Staten Island Makerspace is a 6,000 square foot facility just two train stops from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. It was started after Super Storm Hurricane Sandy washed out […]

Global Makeathon Launches BitOlympic Games July 16, 2015

This week marks a special occasion with the launch of the first ever BitOlympic Games during a Global Makeathon that took place in over 45 Chapters worldwide. All the way from Denver, Colorado to Capri, Italy to Sydney, Australia to Brooklyn, New York, bitsters of all ages rejoiced to invent new Olympic games. “The first […]

Meet The Makers: The International BitOlympics Committee July 7, 2015


As we enter the first-ever BitOlympics, we sat down with the community members who formed our first International Bits Committee and asked them three questions about their experience creating the official design challenges. The games begin on July 10th, so sign up today to win! Sign Up     What was the hardest part about putting together […]

Let The BitOlympic Games Begin! July 1, 2015

We are excited to launch our first-ever BitOlympics, a 3-week competition to create extraordinary inventions, learn new skills, meet other Bitsters from around the world and win up to $5,000 in prizes. The games begin with a Global Makeathon around the world during the weekend of July 10th! You can participate independently online, join an event at your local Chapter […]

Big News! We Raised $44.2M in New Funding and are Expanding Our Executive Team! June 25, 2015

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See the official press release here. We’ve got some BIG news! In one of the largest Series B rounds of the maker movement, our company successfully raised $44.2 million in new funding. Our goal is to use this latest round of funding to invest in further STEM/STEAM education distribution and increase our global footprint, which already […]

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Chapter Spotlight: playhardware, with Matthias Wolf June 24, 2015

playhardware Matthias Wolf     I am based in… Munich, Germany Tell us more about your organization/space. playhardware is a community of makers who want to bring hardware, software and mechanics closer together. Our goal is to build products and projects which integrate the possibilities of both the physical and the digital world to create something even bigger. […]

Meet The Maker: Mitchell Malpartida, Maker Dad & Dancing Robot Aficionado June 16, 2015


Meet The Maker: Father’s Day Edition. Get a kit for dad and use our special code FATHERS15 and we’ll throw in an Accessory Pack, a $34.85 value!   Mitchell Malpartida mmalpartida       We first noticed Mitchell’s work when he posted the original Moby on the projects page. Moby was created as part of a tech demo used to […]

ShapeBits Winner June 11, 2015

Thanks to our #ShapeBits contest finalists, parachutes are being deployed from water rockets, public bathroom time is musically pleasant, feelings are being directly communicated between besties, and we’re all brushing our teeth for the recommended 2 minutes.  Isn’t technology awesome!?     Now the decisive moment is here.  The judges have selected as the winner, […]

Chapter Spotlight: Scot Przybylski of Denver, CO June 10, 2015

Scot Przybylski @ScotPrzybylski     I am based in… Denver, Colorado Tell us more about your organization/space. teKids was created with a single goal: connect kids (and adults) along the Front Range, to each other, to electronics and to technology. With a shared vision of “Creating Amazing Experiences”, user experience agency Slice of Lime supports teKids goals […]

Meet the Maker: Renaud Bédard, Programmer & Musician June 9, 2015


We’re excited to have Renaud on our #BitOlympics judges panel! Sign up to compete here: Sign Up   Renaud Bédard @renaudbedard     We’ve been following Renaud’s work for a while. He programmed the amazing award-winning indie game FEZ and now works for the awesome Capybara Games. Last year we began seeing him post littleBits synth jams on […]

Chapter Spotlight: Makerspace Bekasi, with Viking Karwur June 3, 2015

Makerspace Bekasi  @Viking Karwur     I am based in… Jakarta, Indonesia Tell us more about your organization/space. Makerspace Bekasi has been operating since January 2015. We renovated a home office and transformed it into a makerspace. Our space is focused on teaching children computers, crafts and electronics. I was inspired to start a Global Chapter because… 1. It was a great […]

Chapter Spotlight: Primianni, with Carlos Osorio & Maria Renard May 27, 2015

Primianni @Carlos Osorio & Maria Renard       We are based in… Santiago, Chile. Tell us more about your organization/space. Primianni is Chile’s new didactic space for enabling early childhood development. From a multidisciplinary view, we investigate, observe and experiment in methodologies, processes and tools that foster learning and mobilize skill development in kids. We teach using a […]

MakerFaire Bay Area 2015 May 20, 2015

littleBits Arcade   In honor of the 10th anniversary of Maker Faire Bay Area, we wanted to pull out all the stops. We wanted to create to biggest, heaviest, tallest littleBits project ever built. We wanted to use a ton of Bits, like, the most Bits ever used. And we wanted to rep our city […]

Chapter Spotlight: Sune Kaae of Stockholm, Sweden May 20, 2015

Sune Kaae @Sune Kaae   I am based in… Stockholm, Sweden Tell us more about your organization/space. Stockholm Hardware is an open community for hardware prototyping and hardware startups. We meet, build, demo and learn. We’re excited about the maker movement, democratization of manufacturing and the internet-of-things as well as the commercial opportunities in the […]

Chapter Spotlight: MacInspires, with Travis Sluss May 13, 2015

Travis Sluss @MacInspires   I am based in… Beautiful and convenient Larchmont, New York! Tell us more about your organization/space. MacInspires is a retail store that focuses on technology educational services for all ages, computer, tablet and phone repair, on site consulting and accessories. Every month we teach at our stores, at people’s homes, schools, businesses […]

Get excited…this year’s Maker Faire will be EPIC! May 9, 2015


POP QUIZ What do you get when the littleBits team snaps together over 600 bits?   Find out at Maker Faire Bay Area, May 15th-17th, Booth # 2455!   Get ready for the largest LOUDEST MOST EPIC littleBits booth in the history of bit-kind.   To celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Maker Faire we […]

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Advice from the Ultimate Makers (Our Moms!) May 8, 2015


Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we thought we’d celebrate our awesome moms by spotlighting some tidBits of wisdom that they’ve given us throughout the years! We asked our team members to share the best bit of advice they’ve received from their moms. And, for some extra giggles, we encouraged our bitsters to compare their heroes to […]

Chapter Spotlight: Gemini Lab, with Sumit Pandey May 6, 2015

Sumit Pandey @SumitPandey   I am based in… Oslo, Norway Tell us more about your organization/space. The Gemini Center is a UX research space for collaborative creation by students, designers and researchers working with the design group. We are a part of the Informatics department (IFI) at the University of Oslo.  We were inspired to start […]

Meet the Makers: JackANDJude, the Epic Mother-Son Maker Team May 5, 2015


Jack & Jude Brisson JackAndJude     Jude and her son Jack are littleBits superstars. Their collaborative projects and videos are always jam packed with awesome and cuteness (especially when their bunny Cadburry makes a cameo). In anticipation for Mother’s Day, we wanted to highlight a Mother-Son team that bonds by making projects.     Why do […]

Chapter Spotlight: TechShop DC, with Alex Arnopol April 29, 2015

Alex Arnopol @TechShopDC I am based in… Washington, DC (in the Arlington area) In a few sentences, tell us more about your organization/space. TechShop is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and space. We define ourselves as a “maker-space” with an emphasis on STE(a)M education. You can make virtually anything at TechShop! […]

Hospital Makerspaces April 27, 2015

Having a chronic illness is no reason to stifle creativity and learning. Gokul Krishnan, a learning scientist and engineer, has taken an innovative approach to alternative therapies to kids with chronic illnesses. His solution? Mobile makerspaces. Gokul has put together an experience that combines the littleBits library with 3D printing and design challenges to help stimulate […]

bitLab Thursday: Meet Alex Pikkert, maker of the Break Out Bit April 23, 2015

As many of you know, Alex Pikkert is a littleBits magician. We’re always oohing and aahing over his mystifying projects. And for his latest trick, Alex made a bit to connect your littleBits to other systems. Check it out, share & vote today!   My name is Alex Pikkert and I live in Hengelo in […]

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Chapter Spotlight: David Saunders of Greenwich, CT April 22, 2015


David Saunders @designsaunders   I am based in… Greenwich, Connecticut In a few sentences, tell us more about your organization/space. We are a library media center and innovation lab at an independent school in western Connecticut. Our mission is to empower students to think critically and creatively about their environment and find ways to positively […]

Finalists Announced for Smarter Than Your Home Contest April 20, 2015

Entries from six contestants have been selected for the finalist phase of the #shapebits contest, co-sponsored by littleBits and Shapeways.  Check out the idea phase entries that will move forward to the finalist phase:   Water Rocket Parachute Deploy System by Leo Rolph This is a gravity release system whereby a servo will deploy a […]

This Week in Community: Synth Edition April 17, 2015


For this week’s recap we decided to focus on some of our community’s talented synth fiends, audio snobs & musicians.   Meet Maria     For this week’s Meet the Maker feature we interviewed Maria Molinero, artist/designer/musician/Doctor Who fanatic. “My maker superpower is fiddling with buttons, even when I don’t quite know what they do. Quite […]

Chapter Spotlight: Museum of Science, Boston with Jorge Bernal April 15, 2015


Jorge Bernal @MuseumofScience   Jorge Bernal is part of our inaugural group of Global Chapter leaders. He is the Technology and Education Research Fellow at the Museum of Science, Boston and puts on monster workshops! I am based in… Boston, Massachusetts Tell us more about your organization/space. The Museum of Science, Boston introduces 1.2 million visitors to […]

Meet the Maker: Maria Molinero, creator of Beesynth April 14, 2015


  María Molinero @merycurtis   Maria is a really cool person. We randomly found her on Instagram while checking out the #littleBits feed and we followed her because she posts really nice pictures of her Synth Kit. Little did we know that we stumbled upon a super talented designer. Maria is studying graphic and interactive design, and for her […]

Community Hall of Fame Pick: The Voice Box April 13, 2015

Joey Wilson has wowed us once again with his woodworking and littleBits mastery, and this time he’s also tugged at our heartstrings with his newest project, The Voice Box.  Uploaded to coincide with the anniversary of his Dad’s death, The Voice Box was conceived for an audience of one: Joey, himself. The Inspiration He shares […]

This Week in Community: Coffee, Carrots & Custom Synths April 10, 2015

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The Pune RudeFood Makerspark RudeFoodMakeathon from makerspark on Vimeo. Inspired by the products of Ludus Ludi and the natural installations of Andy Goldsworthy, the makers at our Pune, India Global Chapter Makerspark wanted to explore new ways to visualize 3D designs using food. They call it Pune RudeFood. Milind Sonavane, Chapter Leader: Basically, we have […]

Meet the Maker: Murray Fenstermaker of TechTown April 7, 2015


Murray Fenstermaker @gotechtown Murray Fenstermaker is part of our inaugural group of Global Chapter leaders. He is a passionate maker and educator, dedicated to inspiring youth in his local community. I am based in… Chattanooga, Tennessee   Tell us more about your organization/space. I work for TechTown which is an after school learning facility opening […]

Community Hall of Fame Pick: Pune RudeFood by Makerspark April 6, 2015

Milind Sonavane, leader of the Pune, India littleBits chapter Makerspark, invited some friends over during the littleBits Global Makeathon weekend to play with their food and the pro library.  Students from Pune design schools also joined them for their Pune RudeFood event.     For a warmup, participants played music with synth bits and made instruments with servos and teacups.     […]

New to the bitLab: Low Frequency Oscillator module by KORG! April 2, 2015


Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO) by Korg Inc. . .   Korg wants to make your synth kit even awesomer by introducing a new LFO module so you can get your low frequency oscillation on. It allows you to create “slow sweeping” sounds with your synth kit by giving you the ability to change the speed […]

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Meet The Maker: Darwin Grosse of Cycling ’74 March 31, 2015


Darwin Grosse @darwingrosse     Before we released the MIDI, CV & USB I/O modules, we sent the bits out to musicians like Darwin Grosse, an artist, educator and programmer who works for Cycling ’74 (makers of Max & Jitter). We were excited to hear that Darwin had a great experience using the new modules with his […]

Introducing: MIDI, CV, and USB I/O March 31, 2015

Since the launch of the Synth Kit in November 2013, many users requested the addition of modules that would allow the Synth Kit to be connected to the rest of the equipment in their music studios. The design and engineering teams at littleBits and Korg agreed that adding this kind of functionality would unlock additional power […]

Community Hall of Fame Pick: Alarm Wristband #InventAnything March 30, 2015

Birish03 designed his Alarm Wristband for the #InventAnything “Fashion From the Future” design challenge.  He started with a problem – food forgotten in the microwave that turns cold.  Yuk! Watch Birish03’s awesome video to see how that need never happen again: The project uses a handful of bits, including the timeout, pulse and RGB led.  […]

Pranks For The Memories! March 27, 2015


April Fool’s Day is around the corner, and our office is buzzing with excitement! We’ve got silly handshakes, creepy portraits, and even a joke that you can play on your favorite house cat! Check out a few of our pranks, made possible with buttons, buzzers, servos, wireless modules, and more. Prank Handshake Looking for a […]

This Week In Community: Global Chapters, Global Makeathons & Global Inventions March 27, 2015


Hey bitsters! We had quite a huge week. As big as the world, in fact. Let’s take a look back at the week that was in case you missed it…   Global Chapters We started off this week with a KABOOM. It all began with the White House Science Fair, in which President Obama spoke […]

Case Study: Design Thinking STEAM School March 25, 2015


Meet Regan and John, who are working with over 140 students at Riverpoint Academy in Spokane, Washington to identify real world problems, prototype solutions to those problems and implement design solutions through expert and user-centered feedback. Read more about their design thinking STEAM programs and Pro Library experience in this week’s case study.

When Bits Make Food March 25, 2015

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As preparations begin for this weekend’s Global Makeathon, we thought we’d share some littleBits food-related projects.  After all, the theme for our Makeathon is “making and munching”, and who doesn’t like munching – or making,  for that matter!?   Web Controlled Sous Vide Eggs Chris Michaelides In his Cloud Cooking blog post, Chris shares how […]



  Start & Join Global Chapters Here   We are excited to launch our Global Chapters Program: A global network of organizations with a shared mission of putting the power of electronics in the hand of everyone regardless of age, gender, technical ability and language. We aim to build a network of cities that host workshops, events and […]

This Week in Community: Makers, Educators, Futurists & More March 20, 2015

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All Things IoT & cloudBit at our #InventAnything Community Call At this week’s #InventAnything Community Call, Corey from Etsy and our very own Syed joined Chloe to talk about the Internet of Things. We discussed how can we protect our private data, the role of IoT in the maker community & how IoT devices can […]