What can you make with the Workshop Set? Our Educator Spotlight this week shines on Eugene Hsiao, from the Cubic Creative Company in Taiwan, who enjoys making simple, but creative projects with his junior high through college level students.
Tell us about your current teaching experience.
I am currently the CEO of the Cubic Creative Company. I have demonstrated littleBits for college students in summer camps, prepared 2-day workshops for high school teachers, as well as 2-day workshops for junior high school students. I’ve also taught circuits with littleBits for children as young as 10 years old.
How did you discover littleBits? What drew you to our product/company?
I was looking for new educational toys from TrendHunter. I have used Gigo and LEGO to teach creative thinking for professionals in industries for many years and recently for students ages 10 – 22. littleBits has clear advantages for making electronics accessible for students, including color-coding, modular functions and safety. Students can focus on creating the desired functions without the danger of mistaking the combination of electronic parts.
Why did you chose the Workshop Set for your students?
Given the use and quantity we need in our classes, the Workshop Set was the best choice for our investment. Students should be able get hands-on experience by making individual creations. In this case, each student needs 4-5 basic components (or modules). For a complex project, a team of 3-4 students might need more like 10 – 20 modules, so it’s nice to have a good assortment available.
If you could challenge your students to make anything with any amount of littleBits, what would you have them create?
I usually start by challenging my students to modify everyday objects. They learn to discover what is needed and improve the current system, such as a voice-controlled garbage can. It is fun to see they can tackle basic engineering techniques with confidence. Once they are accomplished in building with the littleBits circuits, they can create more challenging projects such as smart lighting for autos or the home. This project needs more insight in scenarios, problem-solving and creative thinking skills.
What advice can you offer teachers who are new to littleBits?
The easy and simple construction of littleBits can lead students to build something quickly without really understanding the complexity of the interactions. Asking questions is always a good way for them to think more about the problems they are solving and go deeper into the topic of the projects.
Thanks Eugene for sharing your story!