Posts in category “Design Challenge”

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, […]

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 […]

#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, […]

Science Fair Bitsters April 14, 2016

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, […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Announcing the #BitWars Challenge Winners! January 8, 2016

The Force is strong within the littleBits community! We were insanely impressed with the caliber of projects for this challenge – there were enough lightsabers, droids, costumes and filmmakers to make an entire recreation of the films. Many, many thanks to everyone who submitted a #BitWars project. We can’t wait to see what you make next! <3 […]

Do your #hourofcode with these Bit Wars activities! December 4, 2015

So you want to run your Hour of Code activity with littleBits? And you want to participate in the Bit Wars Global Makeathon Challenge where you can win massively awesome prizes?! GREAT! This is the perfect place to get started. First things first. It is OK if you want to lead an Hour of Code […]

Bit Wars Pro Tips November 18, 2015

We’ve compiled a list of pro tips to help you and your team rule the fan Bitaverse in our Bit Wars Ultimate Fan Challenge. Use them for reference or share a few at your Global Makeathon event! GETTING STARTED Form your own Alliance to make this epic fan film. Inventing requires just as much collaboration […]

Bit Wars Global Makeathon Resources November 18, 2015

So you’ve decided to hold a Global Makeathon event for the Bit Wars Challenge? Master Jedi you are. Upload using #bitwars and win big you will – bits galore and the grand winner will receive a trip (up to $3K) to the new Disney Star Wars park. Use the resources below to get started! 1) […]

Announcing the Bit Wars Global Makeathon November 18, 2015

WHAT Join us for a galactic geek-out like no other. From November 19 – December 31, your challenge is to tell the Star Wars story how you want it, through Bits. WHEN To celebrate the Bit Wars challenge as a community, Jedis in over 100 cities around the DagoBit System, will host events in their cities (during the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Let The BitOlympic Games Begin! July 1, 2015

We are excited to launch our first-ever BitOlympics, a 3-week competition to create extraordinary inventions, learn new skills, meet other Bitsters from around the world and win up to $5,000 in prizes. The games begin with a Global Makeathon around the world during the weekend of July 10th! You can participate independently online, join an event at your local Chapter […]

ShapeBits Winner June 11, 2015

Thanks to our #ShapeBits contest finalists, parachutes are being deployed from water rockets, public bathroom time is musically pleasant, feelings are being directly communicated between besties, and we’re all brushing our teeth for the recommended 2 minutes.  Isn’t technology awesome!?     Now the decisive moment is here.  The judges have selected as the winner, […]

Finalists Announced for Smarter Than Your Home Contest April 20, 2015

Entries from six contestants have been selected for the finalist phase of the #shapebits contest, co-sponsored by littleBits and Shapeways.  Check out the idea phase entries that will move forward to the finalist phase:   Water Rocket Parachute Deploy System by Leo Rolph This is a gravity release system whereby a servo will deploy a […]

Smarter Than Your Home February 23, 2015

We are so excited to be announcing a very special contest in partnership with our friends at Shapeways.   DESIGN CHALLENGE Find something in your house that you consider mundane. A coffee mug, a pair of old gloves a floppy disk. Now ask yourself, how can you make it smarter? With littleBits and 3D printing, […]

Meet the Maker: Michal Valoušek, winner of the #Bitify Your City challenge January 7, 2015

Meet Michal Valoušek @msgre Congrats Michal on winning our #Bitify Your City challenge with your Madrid Masters Tennis Court! I am based in Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic My maker superpower is the ability to stop everything and start tinkering when I get a great idea. I am inspired by everybody around me. I listen and look to others […]