So how is the littleBits Code Kit changing the lives of students with games and coding? Read for yourselves!
So how is the littleBits Code Kit changing the lives of students with games and coding? Read for yourselves!
littleBits Lead Educator Nicholas Provenzano, AKA The Nerdy Teacher, will unbox the littleBits Code Kit via Facebook Live on June 26th!
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!”
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?
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!
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.
Today is the day, Bitsters! The littleBits Code Kit is now shipping. This. Is. A. Game-changer.
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.
Educator Ian Snyder and his student engineers made mini-golf courses with littleBits. Read on to see how it came together!
For many learners and educators, test prep is a daunting and boring task in each lesson. When kids are unmotivated and disengaged, the learning process halts. So, bring playtime and fun to your test prep training by adding littleBits into the mix.
A prediction from littleBits founder Ayah Bdeir. I recently reread To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. There’s one part in the book that I didn’t catch the first time around, but it really resonates with me now. Jem and Scout want to build a snowman after it snows for the first time in their […]
Without creativity and art, STEAM and innovation wouldn’t be what it is today. Many young learners or educators might not realize how deep of an impact arts-based learning has on STEM classes and education.
Check out these 12 inventions that were created in the classroom, and start to think about how you can bring invention to your classroom!
It’s National Teacher Appreciation Day, Bitsters! On this day, we want to highlight some oh-so-inventive educators who are unleashing creativity in their classrooms. These teachers are dedicated, engaging, and innovative.
We’re so excited to profile Mimi here because she’s a pioneering innovator whose work lies at the intersection of technology and learning – a place educators are actively diving into, and right where littleBits sits.
This week, we’re thinking about traveling in space. We’re thinking about otherworldly inventions and saving the world. This week, we’re celebrating all things related to Star Wars. Your students will love making these inventions in the classroom.
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.
For the second year in a row, the New York City Department of Education, which runs the largest school district in the country, is bringing littleBits to its summer campers!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Celebrate National Library Week and read how these passionate and savvy educators are supporting schools and students every day.
The New York Times has covered a major concept that is close to our hearts here at littleBits, and we wanted to share it with our educator community. Computational thinking is the cornerstone of one the most in-demand 21st-century skills – coding.
Here a 11 women and men who made major contributions to the advancement in computer science, coding, and technology.
Team littleBits ventured to sunny Anaheim for the ASCD Empower17 Conference last weekend. We had a great time connecting with educators from all over the world and getting hands on with the new littleBits Code Kit. This was one of the first public appearances of the littleBits Code Kit and the excitement from teachers we met was palpable.
So as an educator, how can you build confidence in your budding engineers? Use littleBits to teach valuable STEM/STEAM concepts and to increase self-reliance and confidence in the learning process!
Do you love learning about space and the stars? Whether you’re a cosmos aficionado or just getting your feet wet with knowledge on all things celestial, you must learn all about the game-changing astronaut Sally Ride.
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.
Astronaut Jeanette Epps is about to make history. She’ll be the first female African-American astronaut and crew member to board the International Space Station in 2018.
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.
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? […]
With the littleBits Code Kit, students learn the foundations of coding & engineering by building hands-on games with electronic building blocks and coding them using drag-and-drop programming on the littleBits Code Kit app.
Whoa! PS 191 is bringing littleBits into their STEM/STEAM curriculum. We think this is so awesome because they’re encouraging young inventors to be imaginative and to innovate.
Hi, Bitsters! We are excited to share more engaging and inspiring women in STEM for Women’s History Month, so we’re celebrating by highlighting more pioneering women in science and tech.
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.
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.
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?
My younger students are in awe of the control they have. My older students are motivated by the freedom littleBits gives them in the invention process.
Students who work with littleBits automatically enter the deeply satisfying world of engineering, not only learning and understanding what the Bits do individually but what they can do together, when integrated into a thoughtful, creative, and user-tested design.
What attracts students to littleBits is the support for the realization of how the world works around them (i.e. why their iPhone responds to touch). It’s very powerful for them to know that they too can be contributors as designers and not just consumers.
While working with littleBits, my students go through the engineering process from designing to building, testing and improving their inventions. At the same time, they develop their creativity, teamwork, and communication skills.
I see students problem solving, being creative, working as a team, being patient, evaluating their work, and learning how to take chances without fear of failing.
“You can’t think about thinking without thinking about thinking about something.” – Seymour Papert
We’ll be conducting demos, showing off our latest and greatest products with resources, and giving away an extra epic prize!
The air became electric…excitement reigned!
Student engagement is the key pathway for young learners to continually invest in their own creative curiosity and academic future. Not to mention, it’s always smart to have quite a few options in your teaching toolkit for fostering and strengthening engagement in your classroom or makerspace. Want to mix it up? Here are five ways to get your students involved with STEM.
This week, we honor the inspirational life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This might surprise you, but littleBits and history lessons happen to be a great pair!
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.
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.
Technology is changing rapidly and changing the world that we live in. Jobs and tasks that a robot or computer can be programmed to do, will be. So how well are we preparing our students to live, and thrive, in this increasingly digital world?
Take a moment, and close your eyes. Think back to a time when you attended school, and recall something or someone that caused your mind to reach a state of rapture, something you still talk about to this very day.
For many years, I wanted to implement something new to enhance my teaching, but I didn’t know what to do. Sometimes it takes an unexpected event to jumpstart that process. For me, it was my son playing with some electronics.
In this extra epic webinar for educators, littleBits Founder & CEO Ayah Bdeir talked about the littleBits mission in education and how we can get more kids future ready.
You got the funding. You researched STEM/STEAM tools. You created a makerspace. Now what?
So, how can you boost creativity and confidence within your students? Here are 7 key ways to increase those skills.
The STEM career fields are growing at a rapid pace. But schools aren’t equipping students with enough STEM education in their coursework to give them the necessary skills and empowerment to enter into these fields in the future.
Denver teacher Kyle Schwartz just changed classroom dynamics as we know them. All she did was ask her students one simple question: “What is something you wished your teacher knew?”
Hi, Bitsters! We have some wonderful news for those of you that work in education. October is full of engaging and exciting webinars that will help you strengthen your instructional practices and skills.
Looking for a Halloween activity to bring to your classroom this October? Look no further. We have just the resource for you to get your learners up and inventing.
Idit Harel is transforming how we educate our children.
The days are getting shorter and the nights are becoming cooler up here in New England. And you know what that means: Back to School is nigh! Lazy mornings are quickly giving way to the familiar rush of anticipation mixed with bewilderment at the clocked speed of fading summer days (no, really – where did […]
Does minimalism free up enough mental and emotional space for you to create and innovate more deeply? Entrepreneur and self-help guru James Altucher thinks it works. He only owns 15 items.
Kelly Knight is the STEAM coordinator at Riverside Presbyterian Day School and a beta member of the brand new School Chapters Program that will formally launch later this year. When she’s not tinkering alongside her students, Kelly’s dreaming of inventing new modes of green travel. You can check out her student’s work on the Invent page! Please describe yourself in 6 words […]
The first day of school sets the tone for the rest of the academic year. Mr. Reed is certainly a teacher who is kicking off the school year with lots of fun, engagement, and well-deserved expectations from his 4th grade class!
In 1824, Louis Braille developed the first iteration of his tactile writing system. With his invention, the visually impaired regained their ability to read, making is easier for them to communicate and learn. At the time, Braille was only 15 years old. For many inventors, the desire to help others and change the world comes […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We are super excited that iD Tech, a leader in summer technology camps for kids and teens, is using littleBits in its Mini Summer Camps this year. We spoke to two iD Tech curriculum developers—Genevieve Johnson and Alycia Meier—to learn more about how campers are using littleBits to discover a passion for technology.
Planning on going to ISTE 2016 in Denver? littleBits will be there in a big way! Come see littleBits Founder + CEO Ayah Bdeir speak, say hi to us at our booth, or join one of the workshops! Check out all the events below! EdTekTalk with Ayah Bdeir — You don’t want to miss this! Monday, […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
We’re super excited that 2,100 students in the largest school district in the country, the New York City Department of Education, will be using the littleBits STEAM Student Set this summer! littleBits will be one of the learning tools for students in grades 2-5 for the NYC DOE’s Summer in the City STEM enrichment program.
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 […]
*****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, […]
*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 […]
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 […]
Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at this year’s ASCD Annual Conference! We were to delighted to share information about our new STEAM Student Set and talk to educators about integrating STEAM/STEM into the classroom. I failed physics/electricity class. Now sooooo want a @littleBits kit! #ASCD16 #steam pic.twitter.com/e1IT2AR3QE — Kishari Sing (@KS_EdMktg) April 2, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]