Melinda Huffman-Schwartz

by melindajhs

Published on April 23, 2014

In third grade science, students learned about how animals are classified.  We focused our study on invertebrates and, in particular, on invertebrates that glow, or become bioluminescent. Bioluminescence is an adaptation that allows animals to escape their predators, find mates, or signal that danger is near.  Students researched a bioluminescent creature of their choice, created a model of it, and wrote a paragraph about it.  Later on, after we learned about atoms, electrons, and electricity, students completed a circuit using littleBits to light up their creature and show off its areas that glow!

Fun fact:  Did you know that 90 % of deep sea creatures are bioluminescent? 

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Credits: Third Grade Students at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, TN.

How To Make It


Have fun researching a bioluminescent animal of your choice. There are many to choose from: lanternfish, jellyfish, spewing shrimp, coral, squid, octopus, brittle stars, starfish, comb jelly, and even microscopic dinoflagellates!


Create a model of your animal making sure that it is hollow and that it is the right shape to sit over littleBits components.


Poke holes in the clay in the spots that your animal glows and use paint to give it detail.


Build your littleBits circuit, plug it up, and step back to admire your beautiful glowing creation!

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