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?
“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.
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.
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Today we are beyond excited to announce the launch of the littleBits STEAM Student Set, a powerful toolbox for invention-based learning that is easy to teach and fun to use.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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!
We got ALL the feels when we saw this epic video produced by the folks at Greenwich Country Day School. Build Something Awesome from Greenwich Country Day School on Vimeo.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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) […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Read Ayah’s op-ed in EdSurge on the Maker Education movement, and how it can complement national and state standards by teaching students how to solve problems, think creatively and fail forward.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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! […]
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 […]
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 […]