Posts in category “Education”

Newport Heights’ students’ creativity soars June 15, 2017

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!”

3 ways to get kids interested in coding June 14, 2017

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?

Come see littleBits at ISTE 2017! June 13, 2017

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!

VIDEO: Connectivity, Coding & the Four Cs Webinar Recap June 2, 2017

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.

littleBits is Adam Savage tested + approved May 24, 2017

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.

Meet the littleBits Lead Educators April 24, 2017

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.

4 Things Everyone Should Know About Early STEM Learning April 20, 2017

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.

Coding the future: Coding & creativity in the classroom (webinar) April 18, 2017

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.

PD That’s Out of This World April 18, 2017

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.

Albert the robot and littleBits changed an entire school April 17, 2017

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!

Top Takeaways: Webinar on bringing coding to your makerspace April 12, 2017

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!

3 reasons educators are signing up for CMK 2017 March 15, 2017

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.

4 games you can build & code with the littleBits Code Kit March 13, 2017

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.

Announcing the littleBits Lead Educator Program March 7, 2017

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? […]

We’re celebrating women who invented the world they want to live in February 28, 2017

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.

Rosie Revere, Engineer is the perfect book to read with your budding inventor February 8, 2017

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.

5 ways educators (and parents!) can support young women in STEM January 31, 2017

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?

Kelly Knight January 30, 2017

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.

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Rob Gilson January 30, 2017

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.

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Jorge Valenzuela January 30, 2017

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.

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Christiane Agkpo January 30, 2017

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.

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Allyssa Loya January 30, 2017

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.

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How to increase student engagement with STEM January 17, 2017

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.

7 women in STEM every kid should know January 6, 2017

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.

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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.

Featured Educator Kelly Knight on life-long learning September 2, 2016

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 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 […]

This mom thinks overachieving kids are overrated August 16, 2016

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 […]

ISTE 2016: All the littleBits happenings! June 10, 2016

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, […]

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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 […]

littleBits + NYC Department of Education: STEM Summer in the City 2016 May 10, 2016

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.

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 […]

#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, […]

littleBits at ASCD April 7, 2016

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, […]

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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 […]

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 […]