Posts in category “Education”

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 <3 codebender! April 23, 2016

  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 very excited to announce a partnership that will make programming the Arduino bit easier and better than ever: codebender. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ayah Bdeir to Keynote at SXSWedu on March 8th February 29, 2016

We’re excited to announce that littleBits CEO Ayah Bdeir will keynote on March 8th at SXSWedu! In conversation with Education Week editor Sean Cavanagh, Ayah will discuss the role of Maker Education and how it is supercharging STEM and STEAM learning in classrooms, libraries and makerspaces.

Ayah will be making a BIG announcement about littleBits, so tune in! Or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for up-to-the-minute news.

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 […]

So Epic It’s Scary February 3, 2016

We couldn’t wait until Halloween to share this amazing video of second graders in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey creating their own spooky decorations. Mrs. Jaclyn Passanante said, “Some are moving; some are lighting up; and they’re all amazing.” We couldn’t agree more!  

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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 […]

Case Study: St. Gabriel’s Catholic School January 6, 2016

Meet Patrick Benfield. After graduating from Texas State University in 2006, Patrick began his career as a classroom teacher at an Austin-area public school district. He spent the next several years exploring ways of integrating science, math, and the arts in an effort to create authentic learning experiences for his students. His “discovery” of the […]

[Video] Students Showed Off littleBits Inventions for the Cameras January 6, 2016

Students at the Marymount School in New York proudly displayed their littleBits inventions for the television show It Ain’t Rocket Science, part of the Connect a Million Minds initiative from Time Warner. Watch the clip below. And view the full episode on the Connect a Million Minds website.

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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 […]

Case Study: The Browning School December 18, 2015

Meet Anderson Harp. As the Technology Integrator at The Browning School, Anderson covers the span of tech classes in lower, middle and upper divisions. In addition, he serves as the advisor for a 7th grade group of  boys and collaborates and/or runs four after school programs related to engineering, inventing and making, where littleBits are […]

Case Study: Red Bank Elementary December 18, 2015

Meet Beth Wilson. She has been teaching for over 15 years, teaching preschool through university students. She is now in her 5th year at Red Bank Elementary School in Chattanooga, TN. Beth was selected to be a STEM fellow for the 2014-2015 school year. As a STEM fellow, Beth learned how to engage her students in […]

A Thank You to Our Educators From Ayah Bdeir December 16, 2015

Dear Educator, At littleBits we have something called “the moment.” It’s when someone snaps two Bits together, a light comes on, and their eyes open wide. It’s a moment of magic, followed by wonder, empowerment, and then an unstoppable rush of inspiration. We all live for that moment when a student suddenly realizes, “Wow, I […]

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littleBits Announces Distribution Agreement with CDW•G December 14, 2015

Great news for schools and districts! littleBits is expanding our education business through a distribution agreement with CDW•G, a leading provider of technology solutions to education. “We’re excited to increase access to our education products with CDW•G,” said Will Robinson, vice president of sales for littleBits. “We’ve been flooded with requests for our education products […]

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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 […]

DonorsChoose.Org Contest Winner! December 3, 2015

Last month, we encouraged our educators to post a project on DonorsChoose.org. If you don’t already know it, it’s a simple fundraising platform that provides educators with an easy way to get supplies for your classroom, library or makerspace. We challenged them to come up with an awesome, amazing, inspirational classroom project or lesson plan […]

Infographic: The Rise of Maker Ed November 19, 2015

Maker Ed has come a long way since the first Maker Faire in 2006. Check out the evolution in this new infographic — published in collaboration with Getting Smart. Download infographic free.

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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) […]

ACTE, Here We Come! November 13, 2015

The Education team is heading to New Orleans next week for ACTE’s Career Tech Vision 2015. Come visit us at Booth #109 for hands-on demos, inspirational projects, previews of our latest products and 1:1 chats with our team. We’ll be at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from November 21-22. We will also be conducting a workshop on […]

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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 […]

Updates to Our Education Program & Discount November 2, 2015

Over the last year, we’ve been working to develop stronger offerings for education. We’ve listened to educators using littleBits, and we’ve learned that what you need from us is not just Bits. We’ve heard a strong call from our educators for more content about how to integrate littleBits into instructional settings, lessons to use in […]

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Webinars From littleBits November 2, 2015

Want to know more about bringing STEAM to your school or district? Want to get started with littleBits? We’ve created several webinars with education experts to help you make your STEAM dreams a reality. Watch now: Title: Bringing STEAM to Your School or District Duration: 1 Hour Title: Bringing littleBits to Your School or District […]

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Boston-Area Kids Use Bits to Build Clocks| Boston Globe October 28, 2015

Here at littleBits, we are always thrilled to see inventors out in the real world creating. It gives us an extra-special feeling to watch kids’ eyes light up when they realize that they have the power to make, create, and reinvent the world around them. It’s what all of us strive for. That’s why we were […]

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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 […]

Teacher Tuesdays at the NYC littleBits Pop-Up Store October 2, 2015

This fall, we are starting a bi-weekly series called “Teacher Tuesdays” at our NYC Pop-Up store in SoHo! The idea is to give educators an opportunity to learn about littleBits with a free workshop while sipping on wine, munching on tasty bites, and meeting other educators from across the tristate area. See below for detailed information […]

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Save the Date! Educator Webinars in October October 1, 2015

October is chock full of learning opportunities for educators. We’re happy to announce the following webinars that are coming up. Mark your calendars now. Bringing STEAM to Your District or School October 8, 1PM-2PM EST Presented in partnership with eSchool News. This webinar will give you the inspiration to start your own STEAM learning initiative […]

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Education Case Study: littleBits Classroom Integration September 22, 2015

littleBits Classroom Integration Colonial School District 3rd – 5th Grades, 9th – 12th Grades Sergio Anaya, Supervisor of Instructional Innovation Brian Adams, Instructional Technology Liaison and Coach The Colonial School District’s STEAM culture empowers students to develop innovative ideas and solve problems in an environment where they can explore, plan, create, experiment and improve. This […]

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Education Case Study: littleBits 1:1 September 22, 2015

littleBits 1:1 Marymount School of New York MARYMOUNT SCHOOL OF NEW YORK 3rd – 5th Grades Concepcion Alvar, Headmistress Jane Bell, Head of the Lower Middle School Lesa Wang, Art Teacher/STEAM Marymount is an innovative, all-girls independent school in Manhattan that has been at the forefront of integrating maker education into the curriculum for students […]

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Education Case Study: littleBits Invention Lab September 22, 2015

littleBits Invention Lab New Milford High School, New Jersey 9th – 12th grades Laura Fleming, Library Media Specialist Eric Sheninger, Former Principal New Milford High School has an innovative culture and had a makerspace in place when Laura Fleming discovered littleBits at an educator event at the Brooklyn Public Library. She saw how easy the Bits […]

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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 […]

How to Run A littleBits Workshop August 26, 2015

At littleBits, we’re on a mission to unleash creativity by empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small, with our platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks.     Running a littleBits workshop is an awesome way to get people of all ages inventing, learning by doing, and thinking in fresh ways about the world around […]

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Educator’s Guide: Lesson Plan Design August 21, 2015

This mini-lesson is an excerpt from our Educator’s Guide, which contains other lessons, challenges, tips & tricks, & more. Click here to read the full Educators Guide.   LESSON PLAN DESIGN WITH LITTLEBITS     As you begin to design littleBits lessons for your own classroom, you may find it helpful to think through and […]

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! […]

Educator’s Guide: Reverse Engineering with littleBits August 14, 2015

This mini-lesson is an excerpt from our Educator’s Guide, which contains other lessons, challenges, tips & tricks, & more. Click here to read the full Educators Guide.   MINI-LESSON: REVERSE ENGINEERING WITH LITTLEBITS     Connect Begin by showing students a common object that performs an action and can be easily taken apart, such as […]

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Educator Spotlight: Lindsey Own, 7th Grade Science Teacher August 6, 2015

Lindsey Own Shoreline, Washington   What’s your current role and location? I’ve been the 7th grade science teacher at The Evergreen School in Shoreline, Washington for eight years, and starting this fall I’ll be the lead teacher of our new school-wide makerspace, preschool through 8th grade.   What was your first impression of littleBits, and […]

Educator Spotlight: Sergio Anaya, Supervisor of Instructional Innovation August 6, 2015

  Sergio Anaya Montgomery County, Pennsylvania   What’s your role at your school? I am the Supervisor of Instructional Innovation in the Colonial School District.   How have you used littleBits in the past? We started using littleBits in the Spring of 2014 in our 5th grade Social Studies unit, “Inventors and Inventions.” Since then, we […]

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 […]

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 […]