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Posts in category “Community”

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Announcing the #InventForGood Challenge Winners! April 7, 2016

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 […]

News of the Bitosphere! April 4, 2016 April 4, 2016

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 […]

#HackYourHabits Challenge April 1, 2016

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 […]

News of the Bitosphere! March 31, 2016 March 31, 2016

​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 […]

Global Chapter Case Study: Manchester CoderDojo March 28, 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 a number of Chapter leaders (from different types of spaces) and encouraged them to share their experience with us. 1) Please describe […]

Global Chapter Case Study: Fab Lab Brasilia March 18, 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 […]

Global Chapter Case Study: Rolling Robots March 7, 2016

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 […]

Announcing the #AnimatronicsChallenge Winners! March 4, 2016

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 […]

littleBits takesover 826NYC! March 3, 2016

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 […]

Global Chapter Case Study: Macinspires February 29, 2016

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 […]

Global Chapter Case Study: Labrary @ Greenwich Country Day School February 23, 2016

  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 […]

Global Chapter Case Study: CREATE @ Arizona Science Center February 16, 2016

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 […]

littleBits and Former Street Kids in Uganda February 8, 2016

  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 […]

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Pro Tips: Animatronics Challenge February 1, 2016

We’ve compiled a few tips and resources to help you create the coolest, most unique animatronic puppet ever for our #AnimatronicsChallenge. Have more ideas? Maybe some questions? Want some feedback on your invention? Tell us about them here! Need specific help with an issue or problem? Ask an expert community member here. Give your character […]

Animatronics Challenge February 1, 2016

Come one, come all to witness this extraordinary, life-defying, awe-inspiring, battery-powered menagerie of animatronic creatures! From February 1-29, we challenge you to invent an electronic creature or character using littleBits, then film it in action. We want to see you design a creature that mimics life, a character that has personality. Does it flutter it’s […]

Encouraging Future Engineers in Haiti February 1, 2016

The Good Shepherd Orphanage (GSO) is a non-profit based in Haiti that is home to 35 orphaned children, ranging in age from 6 to 20 years old. After noticing that many of the kids have an interest in electronic and computers, GSO reached out to littleBits for support in bringing littleBits to Haiti.   Donated littleBits […]

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Celebrating MLK Jr Day with littleBits! January 25, 2016

This Martin Luther King Jr Day, littleBits, Microsoft, and theli.st joined forces to invent for impact. Inspired by Dr. King’s focus on service, community, and social change, we challenged participating families to design an object that helps someone else or brings people together. Here’s what a few of them came up with: This mother-daughter duo […]

Snowed In with littleBits January 22, 2016

As piercing gusts of wind are about to cover the streets with fresh snow and the majority of us on the eastern seaboard are staying in during the blizzard. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to gather the family and make some blizzard-themed projects that help you monitor the weather as well as stay entertained.   […]

littleBits and Ableton hang out in Munich January 4, 2016

This blog post was written by Giorgia Gabrielli and Matthias Wolf from PlayHardware, the littleBits Chapter in Munich. Following Loop 2015 in Berlin, the Bavaria Ableton User Group and PlayHardware agreed to work together. The goal was to discover the vast possibilities when you combine littleBits with Ableton products. According to Ableton, who organized the event, Loop is three days […]

2015 Year In Review December 22, 2015

ERMAHGERD. 2015 has been a year for the littleBits record books. Here’s why…. OUR BRAND, SPANKING NEW GIZMOS & GADGETS KIT BECAME A CELEBRITY! WE MADE NEW FRIENDS. We partnered with Barnes & Noble and are now are in 600+ stores nationwide. WE OPENED A POP-UP STORE IN SOHO! We’re still open through January 3rd. Check […]

Blinking and Buzzing with Educators at the Brooklyn Public Library December 21, 2015

We recently participated in two workshops as part of a new professional development offering for educators from Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). This is a guest blog post from Kalliope Mathios, part of the school outreach team. Photo credit: Gregory Richards As a school outreach librarian, I have the opportunity to go directly into school buildings […]

littleBits @ DockerCon 2015 December 7, 2015

This blog post was written by Bridget McGraw (Oakland Chapter leader) & Iva Peréz (Barcelona Chapter leader). DockerCon General Session Opening Event Early in October 2015 we were hired as a “littleBits Educators” by an experience marketing agency that was producing a major technology conference, DockerCon EU in Barcelona, Spain. Docker is an open platform […]

Hack Your Halloween Winners! November 5, 2015

Credit: LeChiffre / Saw Inspired Trap Thanks to all of the #HackHalloween inventors who participated in this year’s Hack Your Halloween challenge. We saw so many spooky projects uploaded to the littleBits Project Page, including a haunted library, augmented reality skull, disco pumpkin and Harry Potter-inspired magic wand. We’d also like to give a special shoutout to our partners DIY.org […]

Six Months of Global Chapters: Here’s What We’ve Learned November 4, 2015

At littleBits, we firmly believe in sharing knowledge and working in the open. In this spirit, we want to share what we’ve learned about the Global Chapters over the first six months of the program. The goal of the program is to create, grow and nurture a network of passionate individuals and organizations who want to share the […]

(Re)Creating the Everyday with Bits at MoMA November 3, 2015

Last week from Wednesday through Saturday, littleBIts teamed up with MoMA’s Design Interactions Studio to run a series of seven workshops allowing museum-goers the chance to get hands-on with a little part of the This is for Everyone exhibition. We had over 80 participants total, including two homeschool crews, bunches of parent-kid dynamic duos, electronic […]

Hack Your Halloween Faves October 27, 2015

  Hack Your Halloween is in full swing and littleBits inventors around the world are uploading their spookified objects, costumes, robo-frankensteins, ghouls and hackolanterns to the littleBits Project Page. Check out a few of our favorites so far:   1) Real Life Minecraft Creeper by mmalpartida “We remixed a prop my wife made for Isabella’s Minecraft-themed birthday party. It makes […]

Hack Your Halloween Contest! October 5, 2015

  Calling all zombies, witches, phantoms, and mad scientists! Use your Gizmos & Gadget Kit to invent a costume or prank, then create a a scary movie featuring your masterpiece. You can win a GoPro camera & up to $3000 worth of Bits!! Think it can’t get any better? We are combining forces with our friends at DIY.org […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

  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! […]

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

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 […]

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 […]