During this workshop, participants will work in teams to invent a celebration creation for littleBits’ 5th Birthday Party. Check out the Challenge page
to submit inventions and check out the other entries.For a Google Doc version of this Workshop Guide, click here.WORKSHOP SUMMARY
- Warmup (5 min): Epic Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament
- Introduction (7 min): Agenda, Community Code, What are littleBits?
- Create (45 - 90 min): Brainstorming, The Challenge, Make!
- Play (10 min)
- Remix (15-20 min): Make Improvements, Upload to the Invention Platform
- Share (10 min): Present, Celebrate!
- Reflect (10-15 min)
We recommend 2-3 hours for this workshop. If you need help adapting it, post your question on the forum! LEARNING GOALS
- Create an invention for a birthday celebration.
- Develop collaborative skills by working in small groups.
- Solve problems using the design process.
- Test their inventions with other people.
- Film a short movie using digital media tools.
From 2 to 25 SETUP
- 2-3 participants per team.
- TIP: Put them in groups as they walk in by counting off, letting them choose, or whatever your preferred method is.
- Create a space for collaboration: organize desks to accommodate small groups or a U-shape to promote inclusivity.
- Place all Bits in one section of the room and all craft materials in another.
- Nametags are always a good idea if participants don’t know each other.
- Make sure each at least one participant in each group has a littleBIts login.
- littleBits kits (If you don’t have a Workshop Set or Pro Library, we recommend the Rule Your Room Kit, STEAM Student Set, or Gizmo’s + Gadgets Kit.)
- Birthday hats
- Different types of tape (duct tape, masking tape, etc)
- Cardboard (boxes, tubes, etc)
- Other recyclables
- Different colored paper
- Googly eyes
- Camera or smartphone camera
- Computers (one per group) or smartphones with littleBits app for participants to upload the projects
Below are some variables you should take into account as you design your workshop. You can adjust, add, or forego sections depending on your needs. Except for the final reflection - that’s the most important of all!
- Age: This workshop guide can be adapted for all ages, from late elementary to middle to high school. Think about your primary audience and change it up based on their skills and knowledge. For example, if the challenge is about inventing a new instrument, you could have high schoolers look at the history of electronic instruments and remix one they like. If it’s for elementary, you can have them create a personal drum that they can use to march to their own beat.
- Time: Do you have 50 minutes, a couple hours, or a few sessions?
- Number of participants: Do you want them working on one project collaboratively, in small groups, or as individuals?
- For example, if you have a group of 15, you might think about dividing them into three groups and assigning roles to each member (e.g. director, cinematographer, etc)