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.
You made glowing bots and bugs. You invented night lights, reading lights, and flashlights. You made your pets safer and happier. You modded games to make them better and crafted tools to help you create. You captured faraway stars and lit up the sea depths. You ruled the blinky domain.
We want to highlight two computer codes that opened up our worlds and made it possible to have fun. These codes showed us how to build our own games! Here’s the two coding languages that are major inspiration behind our own littleBits Code Kit.
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.
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of inventions by Bitsters like you. This week’s edition features an automatic pet feeder and illuminating inventions.
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? […]
Your tech and TV worlds collided recently, when the Shark Tank judges made a guest appearance on the Rachael Ray show. And yes, littleBits was there, too!
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.
As an inventor it’s important to learn how to deal with your failure so it doesn’t stop you from inventing. Here at littleBits, we’ll try an invention 10 times before it works right. Here are a few things to keep in mind during your own invention journey.
It’s no secret that littleBits technology kits are fun and easy to use. But did you know there are some key skills that you and your young inventor gain from creating inventions with your kit? Yes, way!
The tethered DC motor Bit is now available! Choose which direction it spins and amp up ferris wheels, RC cars, swirling signs & more. Take it for a spin today! Here are some tips on using it with your inventions.
You have until February 28 at 11:59pm ET to enter your submission through the Invent page or on the littleBits Invent app. You could win up to $200 in Bits and special littleBits swag!
Bring STEAM education into your classroom with this fun and easy STEAM Student Set lesson! Your students will imagine, learn, play, & invent. Below are some benefits, tips, and testimonials about the Throwing Arm lesson. Bring invention-based learning to your whole classroom with STEAM Student Set Class Packs.
Bring STEAM education into your classroom with this fun and easy STEAM Student Set lesson! Your students will imagine, learn, play, & invent. Below are some benefits, tips, and testimonials about the Art Machine lesson. Bring invention-based learning to your whole classroom with STEAM Student Set Class Packs.
The holiday season is officially upon us, which means it’s time for whimsical, wonderful, wintery inventions! Over the past few years we’ve seen inventors of all ages make incredible inventions based on holiday traditions. Whether it’s a kid making their first inventions from their new Kit, or a parent making a device to bring the family closer together, here are some of our favorites.
It’s turkey day, a time to stuff your face with stuffing, eat way too much pie, and hope that the tryptophan calms your crazy uncle down. It’s the same thing every year. Spice things up by turning your Thanksgiving dinner into hands-on invention time with the kids. The littleBits Rule Your Room Kit allows you to turn any conductive material into a touch sensor. That means your turkey can turn on a light, your gravy can play a song, and you can finally find a use for that holiday fruitcake nobody touches! Here are three easy inventions you can make with the Rule Your Room Kit.
Today we have a big announcement from the Disney Accelerator: littleBits will launch a new inventor video series starting with Big Hero 6 and we’re working on a top-secret project with Star Wars!
Are you ready for the scariest night of the year? Halloween is probably my favorite night of the year because it encourages people to be silly and inventive. And what better way to up your spook factor than with littleBits! You can add lights to your costume, motors to your decorations, and set up pranks to […]
Behold! The new Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition: the new tool for unleashing your inner inventor. The 2nd Edition has new inventions, new accessories, but most importantly, the Bluetooth Low Energy Bit. And what does that mean? You can now build inventions AND control them from a smart device.
This month, our company turned 5! It’s been a wild ride, from scrappy workshops to late night prototypes. 65 Bits, 3 offices, and one beta fish named Biticus later, we’re so proud of how far we’ve come. Let’s take a look back on 5 littleBits firsts that brought us to where we are today.
This summer, littleBits participated in NYC Department of Education’s STEM Summer in the City Program. For 5 weeks, 105 teachers used littleBits to teach 2,100 students lessons such as Invent a Self Driving Car & Invent A Throwing Arm. Kids also participated in open challenges like Invent for Good and created games with their inventions. Here’s a rundown of the favorite things we saw and heard at summer school.
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 […]
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 […]
There’s so much happening in the worlds of tech and innovation. Here at littleBits, we want to share the latest insights on invention with you. So, here’s to a new series that will get you inspired to create and get your mind working on new ideas! Photo by Matthew Wiebe 1. Seymour Papert saw education’s […]
A peek behind the scenes at how littleBits product designers create kits kids love
Come see us at Bay Area Maker Faire from May 20-22! This year we’re setting up shop inside the Microsoft booth with a giant pile of Bits. Stop by the littleBits table in the Microsoft booth in Zone 2, where makers can demo littleBits IoT inventions and get hands-on with the littleBits workshop set. IoT inventions will include a cloud-controlled doorbell, a […]
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 […]
Last year we worked with DanTDM to show you how easy it is to control redstone with littleBits using out Minecraft mod. The bitCraft mod connects your cloudBit-powered inventions to Minecraft. Activate redstone with a littleBits button, or set a pressure plate to buzz a Bit in your room. Learn more and download the mod […]
On April 2nd, littleBits teamed up with the Office of Michigan State Senator James Ananich and the Flint Public Library to hold an Invent For Good workshop for kids and parents in Flint, Michigan. Over 40 kids (and 3 news crews!) attended and were challenged to invent something that solves a real world problem using […]
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 […]
Greensboro has seen an influx of refugees from around the world in the last few decades; it is home to the third largest refugee population of any U.S city, with North Carolina ranking fifth in refugee population out of all fifty states. Education is where many refugee youth are hardest hit. Between 2002 and 2011, the […]
EDF Energy wants to inspire the next generation of female engineers. Their R&D team designed and launched littleBits workshops in the UK to teach girls about electricity and renewable energy. Groups of girls aged 11-16 were challenged to design products for a Smart Bedroom using littleBits, coupled with coding activities, access to 3D printers […]
Kids of Kathmandu is a NY-based not-for-profit working with local organizations in Nepal to rebuild 52 public schools serving 10,000 kids in the areas hit hardest by the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. littleBits donated several kits to encourage experimentation and collaboration among the students. “Color coding was first thing for kids to […]
Vi is a music device designed by UK-based product designer Dimitri Hadjichristou that allows deaf children to experience music in a way that encompasses both tactile and visual music interaction. Using a cheap speaker and a littleBits Synth Kit, Vi prompts the user to stick together its Lego-like components to create sounds, the sounds then vibrate […]
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 […]
This blog post was written by Giorgia Gabrielli and Matthias Wolf from PlayHardware, the littleBits Chapter in Munich. Following Loop 2015 in Berlin, the Bavaria Ableton User Group and PlayHardware agreed to work together. The goal was to discover the vast possibilities when you combine littleBits with Ableton products. According to Ableton, who organized the event, Loop is three days […]
Welcome to littleBits! If you are new to the site, enter the code EDUTOPIA at checkout to get 15% off your order through December 31. If you are already a registered educator with littleBits, simply sign in to take advantage of your 15% Educator Discount. Shop now Please note that the discount code will not work […]
This past weekend, Bitsters showed off their Jedi powers by inventing Star Wars gadgets at Bit Wars events around the world. Over 55 events took place between December 11-13, and the projects that came out of them did not disappoint. Here’s short recap of what happened. Brussels, Belgium: Julie Foulon and her community of makers […]
The Bit Wars challenge launched nearly two weeks ago and littleBits inventors around the galaxy have been creating projects that would make George Lucas’s prop team jealous. Check out some of our favorites below: 1) Wave to your lightsaber by Ron Dagdag “Control your LightSaber using littlebits and Leap Motion. Wave to your controller and […]
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 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 […]
This September, go back to school in style with the coolest backpack out of all your friends! You’ll walk down the hallways with a book bag that can blink, buzz or even write out a message, but the best part is that you built it yourself. We are excited to invite you to Hack Your […]
Leo Saccomanno Bariloche, Argentina How were you introduced to littleBits? I don’t remember. It must have been surfing the web, reading about technology and open source hardware. What toys and tools did you grow up with? I grew up playing soccer around the corner from my house. When I was at home, […]
Mitchell Malpartida West Covina, California How were you introduced to littleBits? I was looking on Amazon for tech/science toys that I could introduce to my daughters even though they are quite young. I saw littleBits and really like the simplicity of it so we gave it a shot. Even my youngest who just […]
Travis Lin & Team Holihola We met Travis in person at Maker Faire San Mateo this year, although he has a littleBits community member for quite some time. He was recently accepted as a Chapter leader and hosted his first event around the BitOlympics– the competition he and his team eventually won! Where […]
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 […]
Alayna Hughes & Pierluigi Barberis @Curiosibot We first met Alayna and Pierluigi when they applied to become Chapters leaders in March, 2015. Immediately after launching their Chapter at the Berklee Valencia Maker Lab, they started hosting events and the projects they uploaded caught our eyes. Where are you based? Valencia, Spain What’s the maker scene […]
Staten Island Makerspace Jarred Sutton I am based in… Staten Island, NY, the greenest borough making a new name for itself! Tell us more about your organization/space. Staten Island Makerspace is a 6,000 square foot facility just two train stops from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. It was started after Super Storm Hurricane Sandy washed out […]
With the BitOlympics just a few days away, we wanted to highlight a number of our stellar Chapters who will be hosting events during our Global Makeathon this weekend and over the next few weeks, competing for $5,000 worth of prizes. If you live near a Chapter, make sure to sign up for the BitOlympics and stop […]
La Tata Robotica Enrica Amplo I am based in… I am based in Carpi (Modena), a city in the center of one of the most important automation, robotic, biomedical and automotive areas of Italy and even the world. Tell us more about your organization/space. My space is an idea for now. I organize and […]
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 […]
playhardware Matthias Wolf I am based in… Munich, Germany Tell us more about your organization/space. playhardware is a community of makers who want to bring hardware, software and mechanics closer together. Our goal is to build products and projects which integrate the possibilities of both the physical and the digital world to create something even bigger. […]
Makerspace Bekasi @Viking Karwur I am based in… Jakarta, Indonesia Tell us more about your organization/space. Makerspace Bekasi has been operating since January 2015. We renovated a home office and transformed it into a makerspace. Our space is focused on teaching children computers, crafts and electronics. I was inspired to start a Global Chapter because… 1. It was a great […]
Sune Kaae @Sune Kaae I am based in… Stockholm, Sweden Tell us more about your organization/space. Stockholm Hardware is an open community for hardware prototyping and hardware startups. We meet, build, demo and learn. We’re excited about the maker movement, democratization of manufacturing and the internet-of-things as well as the commercial opportunities in the […]
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we thought we’d celebrate our awesome moms by spotlighting some tidBits of wisdom that they’ve given us throughout the years! We asked our team members to share the best bit of advice they’ve received from their moms. And, for some extra giggles, we encouraged our bitsters to compare their heroes to […]
Alex Arnopol @TechShopDC I am based in… Washington, DC (in the Arlington area) In a few sentences, tell us more about your organization/space. TechShop is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and space. We define ourselves as a “maker-space” with an emphasis on STE(a)M education. You can make virtually anything at TechShop! […]
As many of you know, Alex Pikkert is a littleBits magician. We’re always oohing and aahing over his mystifying projects. And for his latest trick, Alex made a bit to connect your littleBits to other systems. Check it out, share & vote today! My name is Alex Pikkert and I live in Hengelo in […]
*panting* Hello bitsters! *coughs* How ya doing? *wipes brow* Sorry, it’s been a crazy busy week! Check out what went down in case you missed it *panting* Phew! Community Prank Call This week, our community call fell on one of our favorite holidays, so we decided to do something a little bit different. We flipped […]
Darwin Grosse @darwingrosse Before we released the MIDI, CV & USB I/O modules, we sent the bits out to musicians like Darwin Grosse, an artist, educator and programmer who works for Cycling ’74 (makers of Max & Jitter). We were excited to hear that Darwin had a great experience using the new modules with his […]
Hey bitsters! We had quite a huge week. As big as the world, in fact. Let’s take a look back at the week that was in case you missed it… Global Chapters We started off this week with a KABOOM. It all began with the White House Science Fair, in which President Obama spoke […]
All Things IoT & cloudBit at our #InventAnything Community Call At this week’s #InventAnything Community Call, Corey from Etsy and our very own Syed joined Chloe to talk about the Internet of Things. We discussed how can we protect our private data, the role of IoT in the maker community & how IoT devices can […]
Host Your Own Event During Our Global Makeathon, March 28 & 29 Calling all bitizens of the bitosphere! Plan a casual event for your friends, family and local bitsters for a day of “munching & making.” You can host the event in your kitchen, backyard or local makerspace and you will get support over […]
On Saturday, February 28th, designers, artists, engineers, makers, educators and people who have never even used littleBits came together for the 3D + IoT Smarter Gadgets Makeathon, hosted by Shapeways & littleBits. The Makeathon was held in our offices in Chelsea and over 30 people of all ages arrived around 11AM with a mundane, everyday object and […]
Meet the makers who are wow-ing us this week with their incredible creations using LEGO® and our brand new Brick Adapter. They join us all the way from The Netherlands, Japan and Brazil! Meet Arthur Sacek – @_sacek I am based in…. São Paulo, Brazil My maker superpower is persistence. Most of my inventions do not […]
The resemblance is uncanny, no? Here’s the original, designed by PANTOGRAPH in Japan.