littleBits Lead Educator Nicholas Provenzano, AKA The Nerdy Teacher, will unbox the littleBits Code Kit via Facebook Live on June 26th!
littleBits Lead Educator Nicholas Provenzano, AKA The Nerdy Teacher, will unbox the littleBits Code Kit via Facebook Live on June 26th!
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?
Big news, Bitsters! We’re happy to announce that we’ll be at ISTE 2017, a gathering of 16,000 educators & ed tech experts. Educators meet and share powerful ideas, discover new technologies, and make new connections with each other, education companies, and thought leaders. And lucky for you, there are two ways you can interact with littleBits at ISTE this year!
To celebrate our new litteBits Code Kit shipping, littleBits held an epic panel on Coding & the Four Cs on June 1st. Featured panelists included littleBits founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir, as well as world renowned cultural anthropologist and founder of Connected Camps, Mimi Ito. Attendees also got to hear from various educators on their experience and success with bringing coding to the classroom.
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.
Without creativity and art, STEAM and innovation wouldn’t be what it is today. Many young learners or educators might not realize how deep of an impact arts-based learning has on STEM classes and education.
It’s National Teacher Appreciation Day, Bitsters! On this day, we want to highlight some oh-so-inventive educators who are unleashing creativity in their classrooms. These teachers are dedicated, engaging, and innovative.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Here a 11 women and men who made major contributions to the advancement in computer science, coding, and technology.
Hey educators! Want to ramp up your teaching practices this summer AND get a chance to speak with educational pioneers, bestselling authors, and inventors of educational technologies you use in the classroom? Well, we’ve got the neatest conference for you – and it just so happens that our one and only littleBits Founder & CEO Ayah Bdeir will be a featured guest speaker at it. We’re talking about the Constructing Modern Knowledge conference, happening this July.
With the littleBits Code Kit, students learn the foundations of coding & engineering by building hands-on games with electronic building blocks and coding them using drag-and-drop programming on the littleBits Code Kit app.
Whoa! PS 191 is bringing littleBits into their STEM/STEAM curriculum. We think this is so awesome because they’re encouraging young inventors to be imaginative and to innovate.
Hi, Bitsters! We are excited to share more engaging and inspiring women in STEM for Women’s History Month, so we’re celebrating by highlighting more pioneering women in science and tech.
We love to celebrate and this month we’re celebrating International Women’s Day by spotlighting ground-breaking, historical women who succeeded in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. In other words, they’re total STEAM rockstars! We believe it’s essential to celebrate these STEM pioneers who changed the world.
We’ll be conducting demos, showing off our latest and greatest products with resources, and giving away an extra epic prize!
The air became electric…excitement reigned!
This week, we honor the inspirational life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This might surprise you, but littleBits and history lessons happen to be a great pair!
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.
Technology is changing rapidly and changing the world that we live in. Jobs and tasks that a robot or computer can be programmed to do, will be. So how well are we preparing our students to live, and thrive, in this increasingly digital world?
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.
For many years, I wanted to implement something new to enhance my teaching, but I didn’t know what to do. Sometimes it takes an unexpected event to jumpstart that process. For me, it was my son playing with some electronics.
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.
You got the funding. You researched STEM/STEAM tools. You created a makerspace. Now what?
This summer, littleBits participated in NYC Department of Education’s STEM Summer in the City Program. For 5 weeks, 105 teachers used littleBits to teach 2,100 students lessons such as Invent a Self Driving Car & Invent A Throwing Arm. Kids also participated in open challenges like Invent for Good and created games with their inventions. Here’s a rundown of the favorite things we saw and heard at summer school.
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 […]
The first day of school sets the tone for the rest of the academic year. Mr. Reed is certainly a teacher who is kicking off the school year with lots of fun, engagement, and well-deserved expectations from his 4th grade class!
Bitsters from the NYC Summer in the City STEM program created a nifty new motto for their group! Community Hall of Fame Project For a summer project, inventor extraordinaire Anahit decided to create a type of dot matrix printer using a marker, the Arduino Bit, a few stepper motors, and a whole lot of ingenuity. […]
We are super excited that iD Tech, a leader in summer technology camps for kids and teens, is using littleBits in its Mini Summer Camps this year. We spoke to two iD Tech curriculum developers—Genevieve Johnson and Alycia Meier—to learn more about how campers are using littleBits to discover a passion for technology.
Planning on going to ISTE 2016 in Denver? littleBits will be there in a big way! Come see littleBits Founder + CEO Ayah Bdeir speak, say hi to us at our booth, or join one of the workshops! Check out all the events below! EdTekTalk with Ayah Bdeir — You don’t want to miss this! Monday, […]
Bring camp to the classroom from June 17-23! We’ve created the littleBits Online Summer Camp so you and your students can easily participate in the National Week of Making. The theme? MUSIC. We’ll send out one mini-challenge a day starting June 17. This is a challenge-based approach that will have your students inventing and studying instruments, learning […]
Hey there Bitsters! Are you ready for magnificent mechanical machines? For a world of strange contraptions and chain reactions? As part of our May challenge, our special guest for this month’s Community Call is Joseph Herscher. He is an amazing kinetic artist based in NYC who specializes in making comical chain-reaction machines that have been viewed by […]
The littleBits Global Chapters program launched just over one year ago. Since it’s inception, 250 Chapters have been started by passionate individuals and organizations in 55 countries– from Beirut to Bangkok, Cape Town to Chicago, Mexico City to Munich and so many places in between. Through these Chapter programs, we’ve seen first-hand that some of […]
Hacking your habits is no easy task. Which is why we are incredibly inspired by the thoughtful – and very cloud connected – approach you took to this challenge. Big congrats and many thanks to all who submitted inventions. We ~*LOVED*~ them all. A few of our favs included Don’t NEON the Lights by abby.mowry (who also […]
We’re super excited that 2,100 students in the largest school district in the country, the New York City Department of Education, will be using the littleBits STEAM Student Set this summer! littleBits will be one of the learning tools for students in grades 2-5 for the NYC DOE’s Summer in the City STEM enrichment program.
*****THIS CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8***** Rube Goldberg is one of our design heroes. He wasn’t interested in the efficient, easy way of accomplishing a task. Instead, Mr. Goldberg got creative by going complicated – insanely, fantastically, whimsically complicated. He invented chain reaction contraptions that do something simple, […]
*UPDATE* After four years, codebender has shut down to move on to exciting new projects. We wish them well! We <3 Arduino. It let’s us control bits in new and exciting ways, it’s a great tool for learning how to code, and it can take your invention to the next level. That’s why we are […]
Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at this year’s ASCD Annual Conference! We were to delighted to share information about our new STEAM Student Set and talk to educators about integrating STEAM/STEM into the classroom. I failed physics/electricity class. Now sooooo want a @littleBits kit! #ASCD16 #steam pic.twitter.com/e1IT2AR3QE — Kishari Sing (@KS_EdMktg) April 2, […]
This challenge is now closed. Winners will be announced by Monday, May 9th Wednesday, May 11 – stay tuned! One of the coolest ways that people are using tech is to transform their bad behaviors or keep up their good habits. In this monthly challenge, we want you to choose ONE thing you do daily (or almost […]
We’re proud to have CEO Ayah Bdeir featured in Crain’s 40 Under 40!
Today we are beyond excited to announce the launch of the littleBits STEAM Student Set, a powerful toolbox for invention-based learning that is easy to teach and fun to use.
On Wednesday, February 24 two strangers infiltrated a storefront covered in capes and lined with books. They passed through a secret door and entered a back room filled with…readers! This is just an ordinary day at 826NYC, better known to some as the Brooklyn Superhero Supply store. Part of a national network founded by author Dave […]
We’re excited to announce that littleBits CEO Ayah Bdeir will keynote on March 8th at SXSWedu! In conversation with Education Week editor Sean Cavanagh, Ayah will discuss the role of Maker Education and how it is supercharging STEM and STEAM learning in classrooms, libraries and makerspaces.
Ayah will be making a BIG announcement about littleBits, so tune in! Or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for up-to-the-minute news.
We couldn’t wait until Halloween to share this amazing video of second graders in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey creating their own spooky decorations. Mrs. Jaclyn Passanante said, “Some are moving; some are lighting up; and they’re all amazing.” We couldn’t agree more!
We got ALL the feels when we saw this epic video produced by the folks at Greenwich Country Day School. Build Something Awesome from Greenwich Country Day School on Vimeo.
Meet Patrick Benfield. After graduating from Texas State University in 2006, Patrick began his career as a classroom teacher at an Austin-area public school district. He spent the next several years exploring ways of integrating science, math, and the arts in an effort to create authentic learning experiences for his students. His “discovery” of the […]
Students at the Marymount School in New York proudly displayed their littleBits inventions for the television show It Ain’t Rocket Science, part of the Connect a Million Minds initiative from Time Warner. Watch the clip below. And view the full episode on the Connect a Million Minds website.
A few days ago, The New York Times published an opinion piece by Farhad Manjoo, titled “For the New Year, Let’s Resolve to Improve Our Tech Literacy”. This deeply resonates with me, and all of us at littleBits. I believe we have let technology get too far ahead of us, and allowed our comprehension of […]
Meet Anderson Harp. As the Technology Integrator at The Browning School, Anderson covers the span of tech classes in lower, middle and upper divisions. In addition, he serves as the advisor for a 7th grade group of boys and collaborates and/or runs four after school programs related to engineering, inventing and making, where littleBits are […]
Meet Beth Wilson. She has been teaching for over 15 years, teaching preschool through university students. She is now in her 5th year at Red Bank Elementary School in Chattanooga, TN. Beth was selected to be a STEM fellow for the 2014-2015 school year. As a STEM fellow, Beth learned how to engage her students in […]
Dear Educator, At littleBits we have something called “the moment.” It’s when someone snaps two Bits together, a light comes on, and their eyes open wide. It’s a moment of magic, followed by wonder, empowerment, and then an unstoppable rush of inspiration. We all live for that moment when a student suddenly realizes, “Wow, I […]
Great news for schools and districts! littleBits is expanding our education business through a distribution agreement with CDW•G, a leading provider of technology solutions to education. “We’re excited to increase access to our education products with CDW•G,” said Will Robinson, vice president of sales for littleBits. “We’ve been flooded with requests for our education products […]
Last month, we encouraged our educators to post a project on DonorsChoose.org. If you don’t already know it, it’s a simple fundraising platform that provides educators with an easy way to get supplies for your classroom, library or makerspace. We challenged them to come up with an awesome, amazing, inspirational classroom project or lesson plan […]
Maker Ed has come a long way since the first Maker Faire in 2006. Check out the evolution in this new infographic — published in collaboration with Getting Smart. Download infographic free.
So you’ve decided to hold a Global Makeathon event for the Bit Wars Challenge? Master Jedi you are. Upload using #bitwars and win big you will – bits galore and the grand winner will receive a trip (up to $3K) to the new Disney Star Wars park. Use the resources below to get started! 1) […]
The Education team is heading to New Orleans next week for ACTE’s Career Tech Vision 2015. Come visit us at Booth #109 for hands-on demos, inspirational projects, previews of our latest products and 1:1 chats with our team. We’ll be at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from November 21-22. We will also be conducting a workshop on […]
Credit: LeChiffre / Saw Inspired Trap Thanks to all of the #HackHalloween inventors who participated in this year’s Hack Your Halloween challenge. We saw so many spooky projects uploaded to the littleBits Project Page, including a haunted library, augmented reality skull, disco pumpkin and Harry Potter-inspired magic wand. We’d also like to give a special shoutout to our partners DIY.org […]
Over the last year, we’ve been working to develop stronger offerings for education. We’ve listened to educators using littleBits, and we’ve learned that what you need from us is not just Bits. We’ve heard a strong call from our educators for more content about how to integrate littleBits into instructional settings, lessons to use in […]
Want to know more about bringing STEAM to your school or district? Want to get started with littleBits? We’ve created several webinars with education experts to help you make your STEAM dreams a reality. Watch now: Title: Bringing STEAM to Your School or District Duration: 1 Hour Title: Bringing littleBits to Your School or District […]
Here at littleBits, we are always thrilled to see inventors out in the real world creating. It gives us an extra-special feeling to watch kids’ eyes light up when they realize that they have the power to make, create, and reinvent the world around them. It’s what all of us strive for. That’s why we were […]
Calling all zombies, witches, phantoms, and mad scientists! Use your Gizmos & Gadget Kit to invent a costume or prank, then create a a scary movie featuring your masterpiece. You can win a GoPro camera & up to $3000 worth of Bits!! Think it can’t get any better? We are combining forces with our friends at DIY.org […]
This fall, we are starting a bi-weekly series called “Teacher Tuesdays” at our NYC Pop-Up store in SoHo! The idea is to give educators an opportunity to learn about littleBits with a free workshop while sipping on wine, munching on tasty bites, and meeting other educators from across the tristate area. See below for detailed information […]
October is chock full of learning opportunities for educators. We’re happy to announce the following webinars that are coming up. Mark your calendars now. Bringing STEAM to Your District or School October 8, 1PM-2PM EST Presented in partnership with eSchool News. This webinar will give you the inspiration to start your own STEAM learning initiative […]
Read Ayah’s op-ed in EdSurge on the Maker Education movement, and how it can complement national and state standards by teaching students how to solve problems, think creatively and fail forward.
littleBits Classroom Integration Colonial School District 3rd – 5th Grades, 9th – 12th Grades Sergio Anaya, Supervisor of Instructional Innovation Brian Adams, Instructional Technology Liaison and Coach The Colonial School District’s STEAM culture empowers students to develop innovative ideas and solve problems in an environment where they can explore, plan, create, experiment and improve. This […]
littleBits 1:1 Marymount School of New York MARYMOUNT SCHOOL OF NEW YORK 3rd – 5th Grades Concepcion Alvar, Headmistress Jane Bell, Head of the Lower Middle School Lesa Wang, Art Teacher/STEAM Marymount is an innovative, all-girls independent school in Manhattan that has been at the forefront of integrating maker education into the curriculum for students […]
littleBits Invention Lab New Milford High School, New Jersey 9th – 12th grades Laura Fleming, Library Media Specialist Eric Sheninger, Former Principal New Milford High School has an innovative culture and had a makerspace in place when Laura Fleming discovered littleBits at an educator event at the Brooklyn Public Library. She saw how easy the Bits […]
At littleBits, we’re on a mission to unleash creativity by empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small, with our platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks. Running a littleBits workshop is an awesome way to get people of all ages inventing, learning by doing, and thinking in fresh ways about the world around […]
This mini-lesson is an excerpt from our Educator’s Guide, which contains other lessons, challenges, tips & tricks, & more. Click here to read the full Educators Guide. LESSON PLAN DESIGN WITH LITTLEBITS As you begin to design littleBits lessons for your own classroom, you may find it helpful to think through and […]
Maria Renard Santiago, Chile How were you introduced to littleBits? As an engineer and designer couple (Carlos and I), we’ve been always interested in new things to mobilize our children’s creativity. When we saw littleBits, we fell in love… at first sight 🙂 What toys and tools did you grow up with? Mostly […]
This mini-lesson is an excerpt from our Educator’s Guide, which contains other lessons, challenges, tips & tricks, & more. Click here to read the full Educators Guide. MINI-LESSON: REVERSE ENGINEERING WITH LITTLEBITS Connect Begin by showing students a common object that performs an action and can be easily taken apart, such as […]
Leo Saccomanno Bariloche, Argentina How were you introduced to littleBits? I don’t remember. It must have been surfing the web, reading about technology and open source hardware. What toys and tools did you grow up with? I grew up playing soccer around the corner from my house. When I was at home, […]
David Mitchell Brooklyn, NY How were you introduced to littleBits? The first time we saw littleBits was through a hack week competition at work. At the time we were playing with Arduino at home, which was more of me playing and them watching. I took the littleBits kit home for a week after the […]
Mitchell Malpartida West Covina, California How were you introduced to littleBits? I was looking on Amazon for tech/science toys that I could introduce to my daughters even though they are quite young. I saw littleBits and really like the simplicity of it so we gave it a shot. Even my youngest who just […]
Lindsey Own Shoreline, Washington What’s your current role and location? I’ve been the 7th grade science teacher at The Evergreen School in Shoreline, Washington for eight years, and starting this fall I’ll be the lead teacher of our new school-wide makerspace, preschool through 8th grade. What was your first impression of littleBits, and […]
Duncan Wilson Scarsdale, NY What’s your role? Elementary School Principal How have you used littleBits in the past? What’s worked best? We have been using littleBits in our MakerSpace for the past two years, both with class groups and after-school clubs starting as young as 2nd grade. How do you plan to […]
Jamie Ewing Prince George’s County, Maryland What’s your current role and location? I am a 5th grade teacher in Prince George’s County Public School District in Maryland. How have you used littleBits in the past? What’s worked best? Last year I focused on integrating music, art and technology in my classroom. We used […]
Laura Fleming New Milford, New Jersey What’s your current role and location? I am the author of “Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School,” published by Corwin Press, as well as school Library Media Specialist in New Milford, New Jersey. How have you used littleBits in the […]
Sergio Anaya Montgomery County, Pennsylvania What’s your role at your school? I am the Supervisor of Instructional Innovation in the Colonial School District. How have you used littleBits in the past? We started using littleBits in the Spring of 2014 in our 5th grade Social Studies unit, “Inventors and Inventions.” Since then, we […]
This week, we’re excited to share Rachel Albert’s education story! Rachel encourages her students to create 3-D interactive art installations that engage their problem-solving skills and express their cultural heritage and life experiences.
The folks over at Fat Brain Toys highlighted littleBits as one of 5 Toys That Fight Summer Brain Drain.
“Prisms, spectrum’s, focus… littleBits’ Space Kit ignites an understanding for complicated principles demonstrated through hands-on projects. Learning sky-rockets and engineers and inventors are born.”
littleBits was featured on Hello, Wonderful as a creative activity that parents and kids can share.
“The ability to tinker and build almost anything you can imagine is at your fingertips with lots of ideas already underway to inspire you. How about a cool wireless Mars Rover? A Spinning School Bus or my favorite so far, the feather powered Tickle Machine. All these projects and more are shared with detailed tutorials over on littleBits’ Project page. ”
Students in Chicago middle and high schools are using littleBits to build technology solutions to community problems, as part of the Chicago Maker Challenge. A recent segment from ABC 7 Chicago shows students designing and creating “helping bots” for people with disabilities using littleBits triggered by sound and motion.