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Hack your classroom for the holidays December 14, 2016

With the holiday season in full swing, why not transform your classroom or makerspace into a magical winter wonderland? We’ve seen tons of educators (and their students!) transform their classrooms and makerspaces into techy holiday retreats.If you’re thinking of adding Bits to your classroom’s holiday decor, here are some of our favorite ideas to add some festive sparkle, signage, and light to your space.

Hack the halls with these littleBits holiday inventions December 5, 2016

The holiday season is officially upon us, which means it’s time for whimsical, wonderful, wintery inventions! Over the past few years we’ve seen inventors of all ages make incredible inventions based on holiday traditions. Whether it’s a kid making their first inventions from their new Kit, or a parent making a device to bring the family closer together, here are some of our favorites.

Is everything equal in technology and learning? November 21, 2016

Too often today, young people all across the country don’t have access to the mentors, technology, and leadership opportunities needed to learn invaluable skills for 21st century careers. That’s why we were so honored to have Marc Lesser of Mouse join us to discuss youth empowerment, equity, badges, and learning pathways.

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!

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.

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

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 […]

Community Newsletter: BitOlympics Showcase Edition August 15, 2016

Torch by Rayan

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 […]

Vending Machine Collaboration with Sky Shin July 7, 2016

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

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 […]

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

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

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 […]