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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.

Hack the halls with these littleBits holiday inventions December 5, 2016

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.

Play with your food using the Rule Your Room Kit November 23, 2016

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.

5 Ways to Hack Your Halloween with littleBits October 7, 2016

  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 […]

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The Making of Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition October 3, 2016

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.

Over 2,000 students rocked the NYC DOE STEM Summer In The City Program September 14, 2016

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.

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Inventor News: Honoring Seymour Papert August 12, 2016

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 […]

littleBits at Maker Faire Bay Area May 17, 2016

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 […]

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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 […]

Diamond Minecart’s bitCraft Inventions May 12, 2016

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 […]

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Kids in Flint “Invent for Good” with littleBits April 20, 2016

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 […]

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 […]

A STEM club for female refugees February 8, 2016

  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 […]

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers February 5, 2016

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 […]

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Kids of Kathmandu February 2, 2016

  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 […]

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Empowering the Deaf to Explore Music February 2, 2016

  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 […]

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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 […]

littleBits and Ableton hang out in Munich January 4, 2016

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 […]

How to Use Your Edutopia Discount Code December 16, 2015

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 […]

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Find out what happened during the Bit Wars Global Makeathon December 16, 2015

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 […]

Bit Wars Favorite Projects December 7, 2015

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 […]

Announcing the Bit Wars Global Makeathon November 18, 2015

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 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 […]

Meet The Makers: Travis Lin & Holihola, Grand BitOlympians August 4, 2015

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 […]

The BitOlympics Results Are In… July 29, 2015

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 […]

Meet The Makers: Alayna Hughes & Pierluigi Barberis, Creative Technologists July 28, 2015

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 […]

Chapter Spotlight: Staten Island Makerspace, with Jarred Sutton July 22, 2015

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 […]

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 […]

Chapter Spotlight: playhardware, with Matthias Wolf June 24, 2015

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. […]

Chapter Spotlight: Makerspace Bekasi, with Viking Karwur June 3, 2015

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 […]

Chapter Spotlight: Sune Kaae of Stockholm, Sweden May 20, 2015

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 […]

Advice from the Ultimate Makers (Our Moms!) May 8, 2015

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 […]

Chapter Spotlight: TechShop DC, with Alex Arnopol April 29, 2015

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! […]

bitLab Thursday: Meet Alex Pikkert, maker of the Break Out Bit April 23, 2015

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 […]

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Meet The Maker: Darwin Grosse of Cycling ’74 March 31, 2015

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 […]

This Week In Community: Global Chapters, Global Makeathons & Global Inventions March 27, 2015

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 […]

This Week in Community: Makers, Educators, Futurists & More March 20, 2015

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 […]

Making Is Tasty: Join Our Global Makethon! March 18, 2015

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 […]

littleBits + Shapeways Smarter Gadgets Makeathon March 3, 2015

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: Arthur Sacek, Philip Verbeek & Hitoshi Takagaki October 22, 2014

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 […]