Hey, Bitsters! We have some exciting news that we’re proud to share with you.
As of today, we’re part of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Italian Ministry of Education. Does that sound like Greek (or Italian!) to you? That just means we’re teaming up to promote STEM/STEAM skills in education over in Italy.
Want to know more about this new memorandum? Read the full press release below:
Ministry of Education Announces Innovation in Education MoU with littleBits
ROME — The Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) today announced a Memorandum of Understanding with littleBits, the U.S.-based technology startup that is empowering kids everywhere to create inventions. Under the MoU, the two organizations committed to promote the development of digital skills of students and teachers and the diffusion of innovation in education.
The MIUR has identified digital innovation as a priority for improving the educational system for Italian students, aiming to create new and innovative learning environments, where the traditional concept of the classroom is enriched through tools and digital content, towards applied learning experiences. Under the MoU, MIUR has committed to implementing littleBits in schools, to ensure equal access to schools, and to monitor the outcomes of the initiative through a dedicated committee.
littleBits will provide littleBits Steam Student Sets for distribution to one school per each Italian region. littleBits will facilitate training regarding use of littleBits’ products across Italy for each school that has been given littleBits’ Steam Student Sets through the agreement and will take part in several events, including teacher training seminars regarding use of littleBits’ products.
The littleBits STEAM Student Set engages students in powerful STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) learning through creating fun inventions that encourage exploration, experimentation and creativity.
In June, littleBits founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir met with Education Minister Valeria Fedeli to sign the MoU.