Posts in category “Workshops”

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Global Chapter Case Study: Rolling Robots March 7, 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. Welcome to Rolling Robots. Please describe your retail […]

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 […]

littleBits takesover 826NYC! March 3, 2016

On Wednesday, February 24 two strangers infiltrated a storefront covered in capes and lined with books. They passed through a secret door and entered a back room filled with…readers! This is just an ordinary day at 826NYC, better known to some as the Brooklyn Superhero Supply store. Part of a national network founded by author Dave […]

Global Chapter Case Study: Macinspires February 29, 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 venues) and encouraged them to share their experience with us. Welcome to MacInspires. Please describe your space and […]

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 […]

Global Chapter Case Study: CREATE @ Arizona Science Center February 16, 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. Welcome to CREATE @ Arizona Science Center. Please describe […]

Celebrating MLK Jr Day with littleBits! January 25, 2016

This Martin Luther King Jr Day, littleBits, Microsoft, and theli.st joined forces to invent for impact. Inspired by Dr. King’s focus on service, community, and social change, we challenged participating families to design an object that helps someone else or brings people together. Here’s what a few of them came up with: This mother-daughter duo […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

littleBits @ DockerCon 2015 December 7, 2015

This blog post was written by Bridget McGraw (Oakland Chapter leader) & Iva Peréz (Barcelona Chapter leader). DockerCon General Session Opening Event Early in October 2015 we were hired as a “littleBits Educators” by an experience marketing agency that was producing a major technology conference, DockerCon EU in Barcelona, Spain. Docker is an open platform […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 Winners! November 5, 2015

Credit: LeChiffre / Saw Inspired Trap Thanks to all of the #HackHalloween inventors who participated in this year’s Hack Your Halloween challenge. We saw so many spooky projects uploaded to the littleBits Project Page, including a haunted library, augmented reality skull, disco pumpkin and Harry Potter-inspired magic wand. We’d also like to give a special shoutout to our partners DIY.org […]

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 […]

(Re)Creating the Everyday with Bits at MoMA November 3, 2015

Last week from Wednesday through Saturday, littleBIts teamed up with MoMA’s Design Interactions Studio to run a series of seven workshops allowing museum-goers the chance to get hands-on with a little part of the This is for Everyone exhibition. We had over 80 participants total, including two homeschool crews, bunches of parent-kid dynamic duos, electronic […]

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 […]

Hack Your Backpack Winner! October 1, 2015

Thanks to all of the #HackPack inventors who participated in this year’s Hack Your Backpack back to school challenge. Over 50 backpacks were submitted to the littleBits project page, including ones that automatically unzipped, glowed in the dark, played music and even flashed #IStandWithAhmed and #ILoveCats on LED matrixes. The judges have made their decision and it’s time to announce the winner […]

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 […]

Chapter Spotlight: Gearbots Makerspace, with Dereck Dirom September 16, 2015

  Dereck Dirom @GearBotsBC   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? The GearBots Makerspace program is located in […]

Chapter Spotlight: Upgrade @ Flying Fox Studios, with Justin Gilfillan September 2, 2015

Justin Gilfillan @flyingfoxstudio   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? Our littleBits Chapter is run from Flying Fox […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meet The Makers: The International BitOlympics Committee July 7, 2015

As we enter the first-ever BitOlympics, we sat down with the community members who formed our first International Bits Committee and asked them three questions about their experience creating the official design challenges. The games begin on July 10th, so sign up today to win! Sign Up     What was the hardest part about putting together […]

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: Scot Przybylski of Denver, CO June 10, 2015

Scot Przybylski @ScotPrzybylski     I am based in… Denver, Colorado Tell us more about your organization/space. teKids was created with a single goal: connect kids (and adults) along the Front Range, to each other, to electronics and to technology. With a shared vision of “Creating Amazing Experiences”, user experience agency Slice of Lime supports teKids goals […]

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 […]

Community Hall of Fame Pick: Pune RudeFood by Makerspark April 6, 2015

Milind Sonavane, leader of the Pune, India littleBits chapter Makerspark, invited some friends over during the littleBits Global Makeathon weekend to play with their food and the pro library.  Students from Pune design schools also joined them for their Pune RudeFood event.     For a warmup, participants played music with synth bits and made instruments with servos and teacups.     […]

Case Study: Design Thinking STEAM School March 25, 2015

Meet Regan and John, who are working with over 140 students at Riverpoint Academy in Spokane, Washington to identify real world problems, prototype solutions to those problems and implement design solutions through expert and user-centered feedback. Read more about their design thinking STEAM programs and Pro Library experience in this week’s case study.

Space Exploration Educators Conference Highlights February 25, 2015

Imagine spending a week with 400 educators from around the world who all have a passion for STEAM and Space. Mix in a couple of astronauts, a Space Kit workshop and behind the scenes tours of Johnson Space Center and you’ve got yourself one amazing conference! Check out this special guest blog from Michael Wilkinson for the whole scoop.

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Case Study: Summer Camp December 18, 2014

In April, we featured the Digital Media Academy in an Educator Spotlight and we were eager to hear an update on the Adventures in Engineering and Rocket Science session. Since then, Emily May, Instructor and Curriculum Developer, compiled her experiences and we’re happy to share her story in this summer camp case study.

Case Study: District-Wide STEM Challenge December 4, 2014

Collier County Public Schools in Florida conducted a district-wide littleBits STEM challenge that incorporates math and science standards for over 400 4th grade students. Read more about their successes, challenges and take-aways in this feature case study.

Education Project: Exploring Light and Plant Pigments with littleBits and FastPlants December 18, 2013

Michael Wilkinson reports, “The littleBits circuits made this experiment accessible to my 4th graders, while allowing them to design a sophisticated and scientifically valid experiment. They were able to prove that red and blue light were the most important colors of light for photosynthesis.”