This November, Marvel Comics is going to motivate their fans to explore the world of STEAM.
This November, Marvel Comics is going to motivate their fans to explore the world of STEAM.
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of awesome inventions from inventors like you. This week’s edition features new birthday celebrations and a robotic dog. Woof!
It’s time for your weekly collection of awesome inventions created by Bitsters like you. This week’s edition features birthday celebrations.
Are you ready for another hair-raising invention adventure? After last year’s bone-chilling success, we’re reviving the Hack Your Halloween Challenge this fall for more spooky fun.
Catch up every Monday to find a timely collection of awesome inventions from inventors like you. This week’s edition features birthday inventions, Pokemon and more.
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.
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.
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?!
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Makerdemy Chennai chapter hosted a workshop at the NPS International School for teachers to explore littleBits and its uses in the classroom.
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 […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
*UPDATE* After four years, codebender has shut down to move on to exciting new projects. We wish them well! 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Here is a secret you might have already known about us: it consumes our lunch conversation and takes over our Wednesday nights. Some of us are game designers, some of us are game journalists, and most of us are avid gamers. And we don’t discriminate – video games, table-top, RPGs, board games, card games – […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
A few days ago, The New York Times published an opinion piece by Farhad Manjoo, titled “For the New Year, Let’s Resolve to Improve Our Tech Literacy”. This deeply resonates with me, and all of us at littleBits. I believe we have let technology get too far ahead of us, and allowed our comprehension of […]
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 […]
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 […]
Combine the Arduino module with the Space and Synth Kits to bring advanced STEM lessons to life! Richard discusses how he uses littleBits for teaching physics, computer programming and mathematics concepts in this week’s Educator Spotlight.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Today I was sitting in a creative meeting about our holiday campaign at littleBits, centered around how to inspire kids all over the world to unleash their inner inventor, when a story of a young Muslim boy in Irving, TX emerges and takes the Internet by storm. Ahmed is a curious, inventive and overachieving boy […]
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 […]
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 […]
This September, go back to school in style with the coolest backpack out of all your friends! You’ll walk down the hallways with a book bag that can blink, buzz or even write out a message, but the best part is that you built it yourself. We are excited to invite you to Hack Your […]
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! […]
CODERDOJO SILICON VALLEY @JOEDEAN Where are you based? San Jose, CA Tell us more about your organization/space. The space is provided by my company, On-Site.com, to support my personal passion of teaching kids how to code. I started teaching my own kids how to program about seven years ago and really enjoyed […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]