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littleBits 101 - Classroom Set Edition with Task Cards

by Mrs. J in the Library

Published on January 22, 2014

by: Mrs. J in the Library

This tutorial is loosely based on the original littleBits 101 lesson at https://littlebits.cc/browse-lessons/101-lesson-learning-input-and-output-the-littlebits-way which uses the old Starter Kits.  This one is designed specifically for use by students using the Classroom Set (a Base Kit and a Premium Kit with some extra Power Bits).  Up to 6 students can work through the tutorial at a time if you have enough Power Bits.  If you have more than one Classroom Kit, of course, more students can work through the cards simultaneously. 

I also created task cards for students to work through in any order (see main picture).  They are available to download FREE at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Library-Makerspace-littleBits-TM-Task-Cards-886086.

Duration: 45-60 minutes (can be split into several sessions)

Lesson Guide

STEP 1 : Watch the video to discover how littleBits work!

Click one of the links below to watch the video.  If one is blocked by your school, try the other one.  Remember!  You may need to pause the video so it can load. 

When you finish watching the video, choose another step to complete.  You do not need to go in order.

Video link:  http://safeshare.tv/w/lCLdURsRlU  OR http://vimeo.com/45276780

STEP 2 : Power + Button + LED

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Construct a simple circuit with Power + Button + LED.  You may use the LED or Long LED. 

When you press the Button, what do you see?

Replace the Button with the Pulse Bit.  What changes?  What does that tell you about how the Button and Pulse Bits work?

STEP 3 : Power + Pressure Sensor + Bargraph

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Construct a circuit using Power + Pressure Sensor + Bargraph.

Press the pressure sensor and what do you see?  How could you light up only 3 of the lights?

STEP 4 : Power + Button + Buzzer

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Construct a circuit using Power + Button + Buzzer.

When you press the Button, what happens?  

If you want the Buzzer to buzz off and on, what Bit to add or replace?  If you want to make the Buzzer go on and off faster, what should you do?

STEP 5 : Power + Dimmer + Motor

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Construct a circuit using Power + Dimmer + Motor.  You may use the Dimmer or Slide Dimmer, and the DC Motor, the Vibration Motor, or the Servo Motor. 

When you twist the Dimmer, what do you see? 

If you want to have less movement, what Bit should you add?  Or what Bit should you replace?

STEP 6 : Power + Dimmer + Bargraph

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Construct a circuit using Power + Dimmer + Bargraph. You may use the Dimmer or Slide Dimmer.

What do you see?  How many bar lights up? 

If you want to have more bar lights up, you turn clockwise or anti-clockwise?  If you want to flash LED every 1 second, what Bit should you replace?

STEP 7 : Power + Light Sensor + LED

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Construct a circuit using Power + Light Sensor + LED. You may use the LED or Long LED. 

What do you see?  Can you make the LED turn on in both “light” and “dark” modes on the Light Sensor?

If you want to turn the LED on and off manually, what Bit should you add and where?

STEP 8 : Power + Sound Trigger + Fan

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Construct a circuit using Power + Sound Trigger + Fan.  What do you see at first? 

Adjust the sensitivity of the Sound Trigger so that the fan only spins when you clap your hands.

STEP 9 : Power + Roller Switch + Wire + Output

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Construct a circuit using Power + Roller Switch + Wire + any Output.  You may use a Wire or Branch. 

What do you see?  Can you make the Output work in both the “open” and “closed” modes on the Roller Switch?

This is just one example.  Yours can look different!

STEP 10 : Power + 2 Inputs + 2 Outputs

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Construct a circuit using Power, any 2 Inputs, and any 2 Outputs.  What do you see?

Change the order of the Bits.  How does that move change the Outputs?

This is just one example. Yours can look different!

STEP 11 : Power + Input + Wire + 3 Outputs

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Construct this circuit using Power + Wire + any Input + any 2 Outputs.  What do you see? 

Can you change the Bits or add more Bits to make the circuit better, cooler, or more useful?

This is just one example.  Yours can look different!

STEP 12 : Power + Any 4 Bits

Construct a circuit using Power + Any 4 Bits. 

What could your circuit be used for?  What could you make with this circuit inside it?