Based on three Bitsters’ experiences we put together a fun plan for a birthday themed family invent night that you can try at home.
Based on three Bitsters’ experiences we put together a fun plan for a birthday themed family invent night that you can try at home.
This month, our company turned 5! It’s been a wild ride, from scrappy workshops to late night prototypes. 65 Bits, 3 offices, and one beta fish named Biticus later, we’re so proud of how far we’ve come. Let’s take a look back on 5 littleBits firsts that brought us to where we are today.
Calling all makers! littleBits Founder & CEO Ayah Bdeir will be speaking on Sunday, October 2nd on the main stage at World Maker Faire in the NYSCI Auditorium.
To celebrate our 5 year Birthday the community team here at littleBits is putting together a super special Community Call.
Grab some balloons, kazoos, and your favorite Bits! It’s time to party! From October 30 – September 2, locations all over the world will be hosting littleBits Birthday Invention Parties.
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.
Catch up every Monday to find a timely collection of awesome inventions from inventors like you. This week’s edition features BitOlympics winners, birthday inventions and more.
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.
Here we see Bitsters gathered around a futuristic littleBits Town, which they made during a two day workshop at Mirai Summer Camp in Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Tokyo, Japan. They took lots of lovely pictures.
littleBits turns 5 this month! Can you believe it?!
Idit Harel is transforming how we educate our children.
The days are getting shorter and the nights are becoming cooler up here in New England. And you know what that means: Back to School is nigh! Lazy mornings are quickly giving way to the familiar rush of anticipation mixed with bewilderment at the clocked speed of fading summer days (no, really – where did […]
Does minimalism free up enough mental and emotional space for you to create and innovate more deeply? Entrepreneur and self-help guru James Altucher thinks it works. He only owns 15 items.
Without creativity and art, STEAM and innovation wouldn’t be what it is today. Many young learners or educators might not realize how deep of an impact arts-based learning has on STEM classes and education.
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 […]
The first day of school sets the tone for the rest of the academic year. Mr. Reed is certainly a teacher who is kicking off the school year with lots of fun, engagement, and well-deserved expectations from his 4th grade class!
A prediction from littleBits founder Ayah Bdeir. I recently reread To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. There’s one part in the book that I didn’t catch the first time around, but it really resonates with me now. Jem and Scout want to build a snowman after it snows for the first time in their […]
Bitsters from the NYC Summer in the City STEM program created a nifty new motto for their group! Community Hall of Fame Project For a summer project, inventor extraordinaire Anahit decided to create a type of dot matrix printer using a marker, the Arduino Bit, a few stepper motors, and a whole lot of ingenuity. […]
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 […]
Have you ever designed a game before? If you have, you might remember how freaking hard it was. Or how many times something went wrong before something went right. Or how changing one tiny thing made all the difference. We brought in an expert to talk about all these things and more! And if you’ve […]
Image by Sebastian Pichler Inventing and creating can be wonderful, magical journeys, but it can be also hard to get started. Our own founder & CEO, Ayah Bdeir, reminds herself every day of a quote that grounds her and keeps her focused on making amazing products. Ayah put her own spin on a famous Walt […]
In 1824, Louis Braille developed the first iteration of his tactile writing system. With his invention, the visually impaired regained their ability to read, making is easier for them to communicate and learn. At the time, Braille was only 15 years old. For many inventors, the desire to help others and change the world comes […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We’re blushing! So much praise for our newest release: the littleBits Rule Your Room Kit. Read on for some of our favorite quotes in the press.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Makerdemy Chennai chapter hosted a workshop at the NPS International School for teachers to explore littleBits and its uses in the classroom.
A peek behind the scenes at how littleBits product designers create kits kids love
A letter from littleBits CEO Ayah Bdeir on how the nomination of Hillary Clinton sends a signal to girls around the world that barriers are coming down.
As the 2016 Summer Olympic games approach, we are excited to announce the 2nd Annual 2016 BitOlympic games on our brand new challenge platform! From July 15 until September 5, take the BitOlympic challenge.
Let the BitOlympic Games begin!
Exhalation Game by Jason Huang, Bou-Yu Chen, Chin Ia Hung, Orilla Lin, Hal Maa, Jyun Siang Wang, Huang Shu Ting, Travis Lin Orilla Lin knew this was an important moment. She leans in, takes a deep breath, then exhales with anticipation. The boat moves! Her motor and Lego mechanism glide effortlessly over the water […]
Summer camp will never be the same again. You made beats, you invented instruments, you held robot dance parties, you became a DJ – you even uplifted the buzzer bit to a new aesthetic level! And you had a really good time doing it. To all of you who participated, a resounding thank you for […]
Today, littleBits is honored to join the prestigious Disney Accelerator program! We could not be more honored to work alongside these creative innovators who share our desire to bring more magic into the universe – whether it’s on screen or built with Bits in your own two hands.
“Our aim is to help the world not only understand how important it is to strive to become scientists, engineers or even Astronauts, but also the role that culture plays in all our lives.”
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 […]
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. […]
“During National Week of Making, we recommit to sparking the creative confidence of all Americans and to giving them the skills, mentors, and resources they need to harness their passion and tackle some of our planet’s greatest challenges.” – President Obama
Pictured above, students from Beijing using design thinking to prototype a timed reading light. Community Hall of Fame Automatic Candy Dispenser by Sky Shin. Sky used a deceptively simple circuit to make a completely automatic candy dispenser! Simply block the light path from a bright led to a light sensor, and a DC motor will […]
We are super excited that iD Tech, a leader in summer technology camps for kids and teens, is using littleBits in its Mini Summer Camps this year. We spoke to two iD Tech curriculum developers—Genevieve Johnson and Alycia Meier—to learn more about how campers are using littleBits to discover a passion for technology.
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, […]
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 […]
I encourage anyone out there to create their own littleBits character like I’ve done here. Trace or draw. Choose your color. Design a cool cat like yourself!
The Estonian non-profit EESTI 2.0 announced today that 50 schools in Estonia will each receive two littleBits STEAM Student Sets. The program’s launch was attended by Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and EESTI 2.0 founder Hardi Meybaum.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
“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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Hiya, Bitsters! Are you ready to see all the awesome new inventions? A photo posted by jaxx suds (@jaxxsuds) on May 5, 2016 at 6:35pm PDT “Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu Community Hall of […]
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 […]
This Father’s Day, encourage your Dad to get creative with these father-friendly littleBits inventions made with the Synth Kit and Smart Home Kit.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
“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 […]
“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. “
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 […]
Check out the June issue of WIRED UK: Build something meaningful. The issue profiles littleBits CEO Ayah Bdeir, along with the CEOs of Patagonia, Warby Parker and Kiva for a feature on mission-driven businesses.
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.” […]
*****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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
With Earth Day just around the corner and the #HackYourHabits challenge in full swing, this is the perfect time to start inventing. You might be thinking, “But what can I do to save the world?” We think that solving big challenges start with small steps. Here’s a list of invention inspiration, lesson plans, and workshop […]
“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 […]
Lately at littleBits HQ, we’ve been hearing from kids who are making big a impression at their Science Fair with littleBits inventions! If YOU used littleBits at a Science Fair, upload your invention then drop us an email at [email protected] . In addition to pictures and a video, tell us what inspired you, how the circuit works, […]
Hi there! In this edition of News of the Bitosphere, prepare to be entertained, captivated and inspired by Bitsters from all around the world! Shown above is a still from a live performance by Boston Chapter member, mtzc at Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery (Cambridge, MA) Community Hall of Fame The Celebration Board […]
Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at this year’s ASCD Annual Conference! We were to delighted to share information about our new STEAM Student Set and talk to educators about integrating STEAM/STEM into the classroom. I failed physics/electricity class. Now sooooo want a @littleBits kit! #ASCD16 #steam pic.twitter.com/e1IT2AR3QE — Kishari Sing (@KS_EdMktg) April 2, […]
Congratulations to everyone who invented a project for March’s #InventForGood Challenge! All types of devices were created including a non-violent mouse trap, a helmet with presence detection for the blind, and a sensing device that lights up when its user’s surroundings are getting too noisy or too bright. The world is now a better place because of them. We’d also […]
We’re super excited to have littleBits CEO Ayah Bdeir at the White House today, as a case study panelist for a conference focused on breaking down gender stereotypes in children’s media and toys. Ayah spoke on the importance of gender-neutral STEM/STEAM tools, on a panel that included some of the most globally prestigious children’s brands: LEGO, Disney, Mattel, and DC Comics.
Hello from Soweto, South Africa! “The Rosa Parks Library Innovation Studio is an exciting new project designed to put valuable skills in the hands of young South Africans in Soweto – skills that can help them to build a brighter future for themselves and the community.” Community Hall of Fame Telly the Telepresence Robot comes […]
This challenge is now closed. Winners will be announced by Monday, May 9th Wednesday, May 11 – stay tuned! One of the coolest ways that people are using tech is to transform their bad behaviors or keep up their good habits. In this monthly challenge, we want you to choose ONE thing you do daily (or almost […]
Cheers from Manchester, UK! Community Hall of Fame Templo Maradoniano Interactivo by Brothers Barcelona students and teachers is an internet connected shrine of legendary soccer player, Diego Maradona. Tweet a summary of your best digital idea with #ideadelfuturo and baked clay Maradona, will reply from his lego temple with a message that could change […]
We’re proud to have CEO Ayah Bdeir featured in Crain’s 40 Under 40!
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 a number of Chapter leaders (from different types of spaces) and encouraged them to share their experience with us. 1) Please describe […]
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 […]
Today we are beyond excited to announce the launch of the littleBits STEAM Student Set, a powerful toolbox for invention-based learning that is easy to teach and fun to use.
As the littleBits Global Chapters program grows and our School Chapters program launches, it’s important to highlight the unique spaces hosting events around the world. For this series, we’ve interview four Chapter leaders (from different types of spaces) and encouraged them to share their experience with us. Welcome to Rolling Robots. Please describe your retail […]
We want to give a special shoutout to everyone who participated in February’s Animatronics Challenge! We saw a full-spectrum of electronic creatures and characters, including Minions, a dancing ballerina, Kung-Fu panda, Snoopy, peacock, crocodile, automatic drum beater, Poseidon, a coffee mate box singing Adele and Donald Trump. We’d also like to give a special thanks to Joey […]
On Wednesday, February 24 two strangers infiltrated a storefront covered in capes and lined with books. They passed through a secret door and entered a back room filled with…readers! This is just an ordinary day at 826NYC, better known to some as the Brooklyn Superhero Supply store. Part of a national network founded by author Dave […]
You know you’ve had it. The moment when an object breaks or doesn’t do what you want it to and you think to yourself, “I could make this better for myself….or the world! (cue ominous laughter).” But no, really: you can. In this month’s challenge, we want you to invent a product that makes […]
We’re excited to announce that littleBits CEO Ayah Bdeir will keynote on March 8th at SXSWedu! In conversation with Education Week editor Sean Cavanagh, Ayah will discuss the role of Maker Education and how it is supercharging STEM and STEAM learning in classrooms, libraries and makerspaces.
Ayah will be making a BIG announcement about littleBits, so tune in! Or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for up-to-the-minute news.
As the littleBits Global Chapters program grows and our School Chapters program launches, it’s important to highlight the unique spaces hosting events around the world. For this series, we’ve interview four Chapter leaders (from different types of venues) and encouraged them to share their experience with us. Welcome to MacInspires. Please describe your space and […]
As the littleBits Global Chapters program grows and our School Chapters program launches, it’s important to highlight the unique spaces hosting events around the world. For this series, we’ve interview four Chapter leaders (from different types of spaces) and encouraged them to share their experience with us. Please describe your library makerspace and what […]
littleBits CEO Ayah Bdeir was profiled in the Wall Street Journal today! The interview touched on the littleBits mission, gender-neutral marketing, and how we can get more girls into technology.
On Saturday, February 6 strange things started happening at littleBits HQ. Creepers jumped out from every dark corner. Dozens of houses sprang up in the lounge. Flashing lights filled the room. Big scary cats were tamed by young girls. If you guessed Minecraft had something to do with this, you’d be right. We partnered with […]
As the littleBits Global Chapters program grows and our School Chapters program launches, it’s important to highlight the unique spaces hosting events around the world. For this series, we’ve interview four Chapter leaders (from different types of spaces) and encouraged them to share their experience with us. Welcome to CREATE @ Arizona Science Center. Please describe […]
In 2007, Johnny Long started Hackers for Charity, a nonprofit organization in Jinja, Uganda that provides technology and skills training to Ugandans as well as a platform for hackers and technologists to get involved in life-changing work all over the globe. Last year, Johnny shared his story of teaching basic electronics to former street kids using […]
Greensboro has seen an influx of refugees from around the world in the last few decades; it is home to the third largest refugee population of any U.S city, with North Carolina ranking fifth in refugee population out of all fifty states. Education is where many refugee youth are hardest hit. Between 2002 and 2011, the […]