Meet Molly, the Kid Who Never Stops Inventing September 22, 2017

General Electric released a video about Molly, a kid who never stopped inventing. Here’s why this type of visibility is so important for the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) movement and to the kids of today.   Molly is an average kid with problems we can all relate to. For example, who enjoys taking […]

A Teacher’s Reflection on being a littleBits Lead Educator September 15, 2017

Jorge Valenzuela is embracing the concept of lifelong learning and has stepped down from his previous position in order to return to school for his doctorate. Here, he looks back on his experience with as a littleBits Lead Educator as he moves forward. My littleBits Story I’m a BIG fan of littleBits! I discovered littleBits […]

Go full STEAM ahead & never stop inventing September 14, 2017

Last week, General Electric released a video about Molly, a kid who never stopped inventing. Here’s why this type of visibility is so important for the STEAM movement and to the students of today.   Molly is an average kid with problems we can all relate to. Who enjoys taking out the garbage in the […]

Exclusive: New Droids enter the Star Wars galaxy September 14, 2017

Phew! The past few weeks have been out of this world. We launched the Droid Inventor Kit, hosted Droid Inventor workshops across the globe, and watched girls and boys everywhere hone their STEM/STEAM skills as they challenged themselves to create innovative new Droids. Check out some of the highlights! Ayah, our CEO & founder, delivers […]

Making experiences through making code September 6, 2017

— We don’t often hear about high-schoolers and elementary school students getting along, and especially working together! Learn more about the magic these students made with two littleBits Lead Educators. littleBits Lead Educators Laura Fleming and Billy Krakower’s students joined creative forces by using the littleBits Code Kit. Earlier this year, Billy and Laura were […]

Find a Droid Inventor workshop near you over Force Friday weekend August 31, 2017

Welcome, future Droid Inventors and Droid Inventor parents! You’ve answered the call, and are ready to help us create the next generation of Droids. Your first step in training is to attend a FREE workshop, hosted by littleBits, at a retail location near you. Attendees will be the very first to play with the brand-new […]

Every kid is a Droid Inventor with the new kit from littleBits & Star Wars August 31, 2017

At littleBits, we believe that every kid is an inventor. So today, we have announced the launch of the Droid Inventor Kit, which enables kids to create their own innovative Droids. Your kids can now create their own trusty sidekick! The Droid Inventor Kit encourages kids to explore technology and to think of themselves as […]

littleBits Droid Inventor Kit & Swift Playgrounds August 31, 2017

The littleBit Droid Inventor Kit can be controlled using code on iPads with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds. To install and use the Droid Inventor Kit playbook, follow these instructions: 1. Download and install the latest version of the Swift Playgrouds app from the App Store. 2. Visit the link to the playground. 3. Tap on “Open in […]

How to start your own littleBits Inventor Club August 21, 2017

Calling all makers, doers, drawers, circuit benders, learners, teachers, parents, and mentors!   Over the last five years, the littleBits community has grown immensely, both in size and composition. We’ve welcomed 9 year olds to 99 year olds, inventors who make their own Bits to inventors who are just starting out, educators to parents, artists […]

This mom thinks overachieving kids are overrated July 13, 2017

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 her children’s success with curiosity and creative thinking.

5 ways educators (and parents!) can support young women in STEM July 5, 2017

Over the years, there’s been much discussion about the achievement gap in STEM between girls and boys. Our world has seen major milestone achievements made by women in science and great strides were made to decrease the gap. Butt what can we do in our local communities, schools, and homes to close the gap even further?

7 women in STEM every kid should know July 5, 2017

Intelligent and ambitious women in STEM discovered or developed many of our world’s biggest technological leaps and biggest innovations. Women discovered or theorized many of our modern day technologies such as computers, medical tools and tests! That’s seriously cool.

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Announcing littleBits First-ever Free Online Summer Camp July 3, 2017

Last June, littleBits dropped some beats all over the world for a most epic event. We hosted our first ever, free online summer camp from June 17-23 as part of the National Week of Making. We created the littleBits’ Online Summer Camp so every week can be the National Week of Making in your classroom, […]

8 inventions that aren’t in your Synth Kit July 3, 2017

We know that you’re a synth music lover. You’ve created, played, and composed songs all with this jam-packed modular synthesizer kit. You created your very own Keytar and a DJ Spin Table, but now what? You’re certainly not done taking over the world of music – so here are 8 new types of tunes and inventions you can make with your Synth Kit.

Newport Heights’ students’ creativity soars June 15, 2017

Imagine a classroom full of laughter, some huffs of frustration, and the scribbling of ideas on paper. Now add buzzing, spinning, snapping and “aha-ing” to that mix, and you have a classroom full of students experiencing what we at littleBits call–and what Mr. Landgraf witnessed–“the moment”. That magical moment when a student’s eyes light up in wonder and awe at the thought: “Hey, I did that!”

3 ways to get kids interested in coding June 14, 2017

Parents and educators have been waking up to the reality that coding is an important skill for kids to learn in today’s digital age. But most kids aren’t interested. In a Google-Gallup survey, 86% of parents wanted their kids to learn computer science, but only 25% of students said they were “very interested.” How can we bridge this gap?

Come see littleBits at ISTE 2017! June 13, 2017

Big news, Bitsters! We’re happy to announce that we’ll be at ISTE 2017, a gathering of 16,000 educators & ed tech experts. Educators meet and share powerful ideas, discover new technologies, and make new connections with each other, education companies, and thought leaders. And lucky for you, there are two ways you can interact with littleBits at ISTE this year!

VIDEO: Connectivity, Coding & the Four Cs Webinar Recap June 2, 2017

To celebrate our new litteBits Code Kit shipping, littleBits held an epic panel on Coding & the Four Cs on June 1st. Featured panelists included littleBits founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir, as well as world renowned cultural anthropologist and founder of Connected Camps, Mimi Ito. Attendees also got to hear from various educators on their experience and success with bringing coding to the classroom.

littleBits is Adam Savage tested + approved May 24, 2017

Adam Savage featured the SAYAC’s first ever Pop-Up Innovation Center to celebrate their grand opening in the Maker Tour segment of his show. The center has two main objectives. The first is to help patients feel like part of a whole community of makers and inventors throughout the hospital, even though they often can’t leave their rooms. The second is to begin researching the impact of Maker Therapy and how it betters a patient’s quality of life.

Meet the littleBits Lead Educators April 24, 2017

We are excited to introduce you to the first cohort of littleBits Lead Educators. From Richmond, VA to Grosse Pointe Farms, MI to New Market, AL to Eureka, CA, we have assembled an incredible team of teachers, library media specialists, tech integrators, innovation strategists, STEAM coordinators, instructional coaches, and more.

4 Things Everyone Should Know About Early STEM Learning April 20, 2017

There are lots of common misconceptions about how young children engage in STEM learning — and that’s important, because adults’ attitudes about STEM learning profoundly influence children’s own beliefs about STEM learning, as well as their abilities. Take a look at these four facts everyone should know about early STEM learning, and consider what you can do about them.

Coding the future: Coding & creativity in the classroom (webinar) April 18, 2017

During our webinar with our friends over at Smartbrief, we heard from Christopher Kunkel, STEM coordinator and math teacher at Hoboken Charter School, Kelly Knight, STEAM coordinator at Riverside Presbyterian Day School, and Liza Stark, sr. manager of learning and engagement at littleBits. All three presenters had different ideas on merging coding and creativity in the classroom.

PD That’s Out of This World April 18, 2017

STEM/STEAM in the classroom has evolved in a big way. So, we want to shine a spotlight on educator Michele D. Evans and her school district’s hands-on learning experience with NASA Glenn because it’s a total student engagement game-changer. And, Michele added littleBits to the learning experience to up the excitement and innovation. Read on for Michele’s insightful experience and how her group of students built a satellite invention with NASA.

Albert the robot and littleBits changed an entire school April 17, 2017

In preparation for National Robotics Week, all grades at our school participated in buiding “Albert” the robot. It started as a request from one student who wanted the students to build a robot as one of our Makerspace Challenges. When the time was right, detailed plans were drawn by a few students and the challenge began. How exciting!

Top Takeaways: Webinar on bringing coding to your makerspace April 12, 2017

We hosted a webinar, with our friends at School Library Journal, focused on how to bring coding to your library. David Saunders, rockstar educator for Greenwich Country Day School, and Erin Mulcahy, senior product strategist lead for education at littleBits, discussed tools, resources, and top tips for getting started with coding. It’s now available for viewing!

3 reasons educators are signing up for CMK 2017 March 15, 2017

Hey educators! Want to ramp up your teaching practices this summer AND get a chance to speak with educational pioneers, bestselling authors, and inventors of educational technologies you use in the classroom? Well, we’ve got the neatest conference for you – and it just so happens that our one and only littleBits Founder & CEO Ayah Bdeir will be a featured guest speaker at it. We’re talking about the Constructing Modern Knowledge conference, happening this July.

4 games you can build & code with the littleBits Code Kit March 13, 2017

With the littleBits Code Kit, students build inventions with littleBits electronic building blocks, then bring them to life by doing some simple drag-and-drop coding in the computer-based littleBits Code Kit app. The code is transmitted over Bluetooth wireless technology to the invention, which kids can then play with. They can even head back to the app to change the code and change the game, making their own rules.

Announcing the littleBits Lead Educator Program March 7, 2017

Are you an elementary or middle school educator? Do you want to help shape the future of coding & STEAM tools within education? Are you constantly seeking opportunities to collaborate with educators on the leading edge of technology like yourself, with a common goal of inspiring the next generation of innovators, big thinkers, and inventors? […]

We’re celebrating women who invented the world they want to live in February 28, 2017

We love to celebrate and this month we’re celebrating International Women’s Day by spotlighting ground-breaking, historical women who succeeded in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. In other words, they’re total STEAM rockstars! We believe it’s essential to celebrate these STEM pioneers who changed the world.

Rosie Revere, Engineer is the perfect book to read with your budding inventor February 8, 2017

Do you have a little one who is growing into a curious and creative engineer? Or, perhaps your child is inspired by his or her older siblings, who are already making wireless rovers and door alarms. Whatever the case may be, we recently discovered this engaging and touching book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, and love it too much to not share.