Imagine a classroom full of laughter, some huffs of frustration, and the scribbling of ideas on paper. Now add buzzing, spinning, snapping and “aha-ing” to that mix, and you have a classroom full of students experiencing what we at littleBits call–and what Mr. Landgraf witnessed–“the moment”. That magical moment when a student’s eyes light up in wonder and awe at the thought: “Hey, I did that!”
Parents and educators have been waking up to the reality that coding is an important skill for kids to learn in today’s digital age. But most kids aren’t interested. In a Google-Gallup survey, 86% of parents wanted their kids to learn computer science, but only 25% of students said they were “very interested.” How can we bridge this gap?
Become an invention advisor to your budding engineer or future scientist! And, you don’t need experience or prior electronics knowledge to get your child inventing. It’s a fantastic way to bond with your child, create memories, learn together, and support him or her in STEM.
Adam Savage featured the SAYAC’s first ever Pop-Up Innovation Center to celebrate their grand opening in the Maker Tour segment of his show. The center has two main objectives. The first is to help patients feel like part of a whole community of makers and inventors throughout the hospital, even though they often can’t leave their rooms. The second is to begin researching the impact of Maker Therapy and how it betters a patient’s quality of life.
For many learners and educators, test prep is a daunting and boring task in each lesson. When kids are unmotivated and disengaged, the learning process halts. So, bring playtime and fun to your test prep training by adding littleBits into the mix.
This Mother’s Day, we want to highlight some of our oh-so-amazing mom and kid inventors. They discover, experiment, and design unique creations together.
Here are 8 ideas for inventions that let mom know you love her, and you’re super thankful for everything she does.
Greetings, Bitsters! We’re psyched to celebrate May the 4th with you. If you love Star Wars just as much as we do, then you and your budding engineer can celebrate by making some space-themed inventions from one of our favorite films.
This week, we’re thinking about traveling in space. We’re thinking about otherworldly inventions and saving the world. This week, we’re celebrating all things related to Star Wars. Your students will love making these inventions in the classroom.
At littleBits, we’re completely invested in this holiday because we think it’s essential for a child’s imagination and skills. We aim to bring play and fun into the invention process. Learning is about building and the process itself should be enjoyed.
For the second year in a row, the New York City Department of Education, which runs the largest school district in the country, is bringing littleBits to its summer campers!
You sketched your visions for a cleaner Earth. You came up with ideas for composting, recycling, trash-compacting robots, cleaner air, and more. You designed devices to reduce global warming and carbon footprints. You brainstormed ideas for a cleaner, happier, brighter planet. You innovated to protect the Earth.
There are lots of common misconceptions about how young children engage in STEM learning — and that’s important, because adults’ attitudes about STEM learning profoundly influence children’s own beliefs about STEM learning, as well as their abilities. Take a look at these four facts everyone should know about early STEM learning, and consider what you can do about them.
During our webinar with our friends over at Smartbrief, we heard from Christopher Kunkel, STEM coordinator and math teacher at Hoboken Charter School, Kelly Knight, STEAM coordinator at Riverside Presbyterian Day School, and Liza Stark, sr. manager of learning and engagement at littleBits. All three presenters had different ideas on merging coding and creativity in the classroom.
You made glowing bots and bugs. You invented night lights, reading lights, and flashlights. You made your pets safer and happier. You modded games to make them better and crafted tools to help you create. You captured faraway stars and lit up the sea depths. You ruled the blinky domain.
We want to highlight two computer codes that opened up our worlds and made it possible to have fun. These codes showed us how to build our own games! Here’s the two coding languages that are major inspiration behind our own littleBits Code Kit.
We hosted a webinar, with our friends at School Library Journal, focused on how to bring coding to your library. David Saunders, rockstar educator for Greenwich Country Day School, and Erin Mulcahy, senior product strategist lead for education at littleBits, discussed tools, resources, and top tips for getting started with coding. It’s now available for viewing!
Celebrate National Library Week and read how these passionate and savvy educators are supporting schools and students every day.
As the Baribits Chapter Leader, active forum member, community mentor, and prolific inventor, we hoped Leo would say yes when we offered him an opportunity to be the first littleBits Inventor in Residence. We are so excited that he did!
With Earth Day coming up, what better way to celebrate than to hear how YOU would clean, save, or protect Mother Earth if you could create any invention you wanted.
The New York Times has covered a major concept that is close to our hearts here at littleBits, and we wanted to share it with our educator community. Computational thinking is the cornerstone of one the most in-demand 21st-century skills – coding.
We know that you’re a synth music lover. You’ve created, played, and composed songs all with this jam-packed modular synthesizer kit. You created your very own Keytar and a DJ Spin Table, but now what? You’re certainly not done taking over the world of music – so here are 8 new types of tunes and inventions you can make with your Synth Kit.
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of inventions by Bitsters like you. This week’s edition features an automatic pet feeder and illuminating inventions.
The seasons are getting ready to change, and that means it might be time for spring break! Keep your curious and budding engineer busy every day during the break with these engaging, exciting, and hands-on invention ideas.
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of inventions by Bitsters like you. This week’s edition features a fiber optic butterfly and illuminating inventions.
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of inventions by Bitsters like you. This week’s edition features dancing robots and illuminating inventions.
Your tech and TV worlds collided recently, when the Shark Tank judges made a guest appearance on the Rachael Ray show. And yes, littleBits was there, too!
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of inventions by Bitsters like you. This week’s edition features a littleBits music video and some major Piggy Power.
On February 3rd, we livestreamed a Bitbot tutorial and added a few remixes for inventors looking to take their bots up a notch or two. If you didn’t get to tune into our last Facebook live Invent A Bitbot event, or just need to rewatch it, now is your chance!
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of inventions by Bitsters like you. This week’s edition features an adorable robot and an interactive Superbowl Cheer Machine.
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of inventions by Bitsters like you. This week’s edition features a light up concert stage, and illuminating inventions.
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of inventions by Bitsters like you. This week’s edition features an Atari Punk Console and an interactive maze you can try.
If you’ve created the 8 inventions that come in the Rule Your Room Kit, why not start to design and innovate outside of the box? Here are some cool new inventions made with the popular Rule Your Room Kit by our clever community members.
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of inventions from Bitsters like you. This week’s edition features a NEW Monster Book of Monsters, Luna Lovegood Spectrespecs and animatronic creatures.
This week’s edition features a ferocious MonsterBox and Harry Potter inspired creations.
So, now that you have this exciting and innovative kit, what can you make with it? Avoid holiday brain drain and get your mind moving and creating with these 5 favorite invention projects that aren’t featured in your tech kit box.
With the holiday season in full swing, why not transform your classroom or makerspace into a magical winter wonderland? We’ve seen tons of educators (and their students!) transform their classrooms and makerspaces into techy holiday retreats.If you’re thinking of adding Bits to your classroom’s holiday decor, here are some of our favorite ideas to add some festive sparkle, signage, and light to your space.
This week’s edition features a sorting hat and other inventions Hogwarts students encounter as part of their magical studies and activities.
Take a moment, and close your eyes. Think back to a time when you attended school, and recall something or someone that caused your mind to reach a state of rapture, something you still talk about to this very day.
Hi, Bitsters! We’re so excited to share some news with you: we’re hosting an event with Best Buy to bring littleBits to stores near you so you can do some hands-on inventing. How fun is that?
This week’s edition features magical inventions and a remote controlled flying house.
This week’s edition features Harry Potter inspired inventions that are sure to provoke, startle and delight. Learn how to invent your own magical creatures and enchanted objects.
Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where we pause and reflect on what we’re thankful for. Here at littleBits, we’re thankful for YOU – our diverse and innovative community.
In this extra epic webinar for educators, littleBits Founder & CEO Ayah Bdeir talked about the littleBits mission in education and how we can get more kids future ready.
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of magical creations from inventors like you. This week’s edition features a remote controlled Lego tank and a Harry Potter themed moving collage.
Too often today, young people all across the country don’t have access to the mentors, technology, and leadership opportunities needed to learn invaluable skills for 21st century careers. That’s why we were so honored to have Marc Lesser of Mouse join us to discuss youth empowerment, equity, badges, and learning pathways.
Hi, Bitsters, we have a major news announcement to unleash. We’re proud to announce that littleBits products are now available in these 8 new languages: French, French Canadian, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to littleBits School of Hacking & Creativity.
You made interactive costumes and candy alarms. You unleashed fake spiders with light sensors. You captured ghosts and made pumpkins come alive. You were exceptionally creative and should be proud.
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of awesome creations from inventors like you. This week’s edition features fantastic beasts and an enchanted car.
So, how can you boost creativity and confidence within your students? Here are 7 key ways to increase those skills.
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of awesome creations from inventors like you. This week’s edition features Halloween inventions that are sure to frighten trick-or-treaters.
A crazed scientist creates a dangerous robot that tries to rule the world. A lone kid and his littleBits are all that stands between the runaway robot and the world. Will the human race survive?
You reinvented the birthday cake. You pranked us with confetti bombs and cakes in the face. You even threw us parades. And we loved every moment and new memory you made.
Denver teacher Kyle Schwartz just changed classroom dynamics as we know them. All she did was ask her students one simple question: “What is something you wished your teacher knew?”
Catch up Mondays to find a timely collection of awesome inventions from inventors like you. This week’s edition features new birthday celebrations and a robotic dog. Woof!
It’s time for your weekly collection of awesome inventions created by Bitsters like you. This week’s edition features birthday celebrations.
With the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition, we set out to reinvent screen time and add more pathways to the invention process. One way we did this was launching a kit with Bluetooth wireless technology. We’re pretty pumped about this because we’ve never done this before… until now.
Behold! The new Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition: the new tool for unleashing your inner inventor. The 2nd Edition has new inventions, new accessories, but most importantly, the Bluetooth Low Energy Bit. And what does that mean? You can now build inventions AND control them from a smart device.
Catch up every Monday to find a timely collection of awesome inventions from inventors like you. This week’s edition features birthday inventions, Pokemon and more.
Based on three Bitsters’ experiences we put together a fun plan for a birthday themed family invent night that you can try at home.
Catch up every Monday to find a timely collection of awesome inventions from inventors like you. This week’s edition features BitOlympics winners, birthday inventions and more.
Here we see Bitsters gathered around a futuristic littleBits Town, which they made during a two day workshop at Mirai Summer Camp in Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Tokyo, Japan. They took lots of lovely pictures.
littleBits turns 5 this month! Can you believe it?!
The days are getting shorter and the nights are becoming cooler up here in New England. And you know what that means: Back to School is nigh! Lazy mornings are quickly giving way to the familiar rush of anticipation mixed with bewilderment at the clocked speed of fading summer days (no, really – where did […]
In 1824, Louis Braille developed the first iteration of his tactile writing system. With his invention, the visually impaired regained their ability to read, making is easier for them to communicate and learn. At the time, Braille was only 15 years old. For many inventors, the desire to help others and change the world comes […]
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