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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
You know you’ve had it. The moment when an object breaks or doesn’t do what you want it to and you think to yourself, “I could make this better for myself….or the world! (cue ominous laughter).” But no, really: you can. In this month’s challenge, we want you to invent a product that makes […]
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 […]
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 […]
On Saturday, February 6 strange things started happening at littleBits HQ. Creepers jumped out from every dark corner. Dozens of houses sprang up in the lounge. Flashing lights filled the room. Big scary cats were tamed by young girls. If you guessed Minecraft had something to do with this, you’d be right. We partnered with […]
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 […]
Here is a secret you might have already known about us: it consumes our lunch conversation and takes over our Wednesday nights. Some of us are game designers, some of us are game journalists, and most of us are avid gamers. And we don’t discriminate – video games, table-top, RPGs, board games, card games – […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Join us for the greatest galactic geek-out of all-time. On the weekend of December 11 – 13, littleBits events are taking place around the world, to tell the Star Wars story how you want it, through Bits. WHO Chapter leaders from around the world are hosting events in their local spaces, and YOU ARE invited to […]
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) […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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! […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
This week’s Educator Spotlight shines on Scott Cleveland, a fifth grade teacher in Elsberry, Missouri. His students recently competed at the St. Louis Science Center for the Mars Rover Battle of the Best competition, sponsored by Journey to Space and littleBits.
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 […]
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. […]
From Bangalore, to Rio De Janeiro, to Brooklyn, to Dublin, this weekend bitsters all around the world joined forces to #InventAnything. More than 20 events took place with more coming this week. Thank you for an incredible weekend you truly rock our world. If you hosted an event, make sure to share on the project […]
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.
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.
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.
This week our spotlight shines on Ashley Elsdon, the producer for a learning and research project in the UK, that helps people with learning disabilities create music using readily available and affordable technology.
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.
This week we are hitting the road with BetaVersity, which manufactures and runs BetaBox Mobile Prototyping Labs. CEO Sean Newman Maroni has been leading the operation and this week our educator spotlight shines on his work.
Jacina Leong and the team at The Cube, an evolving hub of STEAM at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology, are integrating creative thinking and learning modalities using littleBits. Read more about their ongoing library outreach and holiday workshops, as well as plans for a pre-service education program.
Learn about electrical engineering, structural design and space flight at a summer camp course developed by Marcus and his team at the Digital Media Academy. Read more about the program and how littleBits was a natural fit for introducing these complex topics to children.
This week we feature Jace Meyer, who develops educational and engaging summer camp experiences for Actua, a Canadian not-for-profit organization. Read more about how this STEM enthusiast is elevating her programs to the next level with the help of some littleBits modules.
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.”