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!”
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.
Today is the day, Bitsters! The littleBits Code Kit is now shipping. This. Is. A. Game-changer.
Educator Ian Snyder and his student engineers made mini-golf courses with littleBits. Read on to see how it came together!
She-Suite, an online webisode series that focuses on women leadership and empowerment, just featured littleBits Founder Ayah Bdeir in the third episode. The hot topic of discussion was 8-year-old girls and achievement in STEM.
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.
Check out these 12 inventions that were created in the classroom, and start to think about how you can bring invention to your classroom!
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.
We’re so excited to profile Mimi here because she’s a pioneering innovator whose work lies at the intersection of technology and learning – a place educators are actively diving into, and right where littleBits sits.
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.
We are excited to introduce you to the first cohort of littleBits Lead Educators. From Richmond, VA to Grosse Pointe Farms, MI to New Market, AL to Eureka, CA, we have assembled an incredible team of teachers, library media specialists, tech integrators, innovation strategists, STEAM coordinators, instructional coaches, and more.
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!
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.
STEM/STEAM in the classroom has evolved in a big way. So, we want to shine a spotlight on educator Michele D. Evans and her school district’s hands-on learning experience with NASA Glenn because it’s a total student engagement game-changer. And, Michele added littleBits to the learning experience to up the excitement and innovation. Read on for Michele’s insightful experience and how her group of students built a satellite invention with NASA.
In preparation for National Robotics Week, all grades at our school participated in buiding “Albert” the robot. It started as a request from one student who wanted the students to build a robot as one of our Makerspace Challenges. When the time was right, detailed plans were drawn by a few students and the challenge began. How exciting!
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!
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.
Team littleBits ventured to sunny Anaheim for the ASCD Empower17 Conference last weekend. We had a great time connecting with educators from all over the world and getting hands on with the new littleBits Code Kit. This was one of the first public appearances of the littleBits Code Kit and the excitement from teachers we met was palpable.
Motivation and confidence are key elements for success. Sometimes, when our invention process hits a wall, we might feel that success isn’t within our reach. Here at littleBits, we have a powerful female founder who has been there, and who can tell you firsthand that sometimes it’s tough to persevere.
So as an educator, how can you build confidence in your budding engineers? Use littleBits to teach valuable STEM/STEAM concepts and to increase self-reliance and confidence in the learning process!
Do you love learning about space and the stars? Whether you’re a cosmos aficionado or just getting your feet wet with knowledge on all things celestial, you must learn all about the game-changing astronaut Sally Ride.
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.
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.
With the littleBits Code Kit, students build inventions with littleBits electronic building blocks, then bring them to life by doing some simple drag-and-drop coding in the computer-based littleBits Code Kit app. The code is transmitted over Bluetooth wireless technology to the invention, which kids can then play with. They can even head back to the app to change the code and change the game, making their own rules.
Are you an elementary or middle school educator? Do you want to help shape the future of coding & STEAM tools within education? Are you constantly seeking opportunities to collaborate with educators on the leading edge of technology like yourself, with a common goal of inspiring the next generation of innovators, big thinkers, and inventors? […]
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.
Do you have a little one who is growing into a curious and creative engineer? Or, perhaps your child is inspired by his or her older siblings, who are already making wireless rovers and door alarms. Whatever the case may be, we recently discovered this engaging and touching book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, and love it too much to not share.
As an inventor it’s important to learn how to deal with your failure so it doesn’t stop you from inventing. Here at littleBits, we’ll try an invention 10 times before it works right. Here are a few things to keep in mind during your own invention journey.
Are you interested in being a part of the littleBits design process? Are you a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade school teacher in NYC or the surrounding area? Do you like snacks and beer and meeting new people? Would you like to meet our founder, Ayah Bdeir, and our Product Design team?
It’s no secret that littleBits technology kits are fun and easy to use. But did you know there are some key skills that you and your young inventor gain from creating inventions with your kit? Yes, way!
Over the years, there’s been much discussion about the achievement gap in STEM between girls and boys. Our world has seen major milestone achievements made by women in science and great strides were made to decrease the gap. Butt what can we do in our local communities, schools, and homes to close the gap even further?
“You can’t think about thinking without thinking about thinking about something.” – Seymour Papert
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!
Student engagement is the key pathway for young learners to continually invest in their own creative curiosity and academic future. Not to mention, it’s always smart to have quite a few options in your teaching toolkit for fostering and strengthening engagement in your classroom or makerspace. Want to mix it up? Here are five ways to get your students involved with STEM.
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?
So, how can you boost creativity and confidence within your students? Here are 7 key ways to increase those skills.
Recently, Moby released an animated music video for his latest single, “Are You Lost in the World Like Me?”
The STEM career fields are growing at a rapid pace. But schools aren’t equipping students with enough STEM education in their coursework to give them the necessary skills and empowerment to enter into these fields in the future.
There’s been SO much buzz about littleBits lately and we couldn’t be more than thrilled. From being awarded top accolades to swoon-worthy mentions, we’re excited to a part of the inventing, tech, and parenting communities.
Hi, Bitsters! We have some wonderful news for those of you that work in education. October is full of engaging and exciting webinars that will help you strengthen your instructional practices and skills.
This November, Marvel Comics is going to motivate their fans to explore the world of STEAM.
Idit Harel is transforming how we educate our children.
Does minimalism free up enough mental and emotional space for you to create and innovate more deeply? Entrepreneur and self-help guru James Altucher thinks it works. He only owns 15 items.
Kelly Knight is the STEAM coordinator at Riverside Presbyterian Day School and a beta member of the brand new School Chapters Program that will formally launch later this year. When she’s not tinkering alongside her students, Kelly’s dreaming of inventing new modes of green travel. You can check out her student’s work on the Invent page! Please describe yourself in 6 words […]
Photo by The Nerdy Teacher Join the wonderful, whimtastical Maker Educator Nicholas Provenzano, AKA Nerdy Teacher, on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 for the August littleBits Community Call! If you are looking to start a makerspace in your school, this is the event for you. Bring your questions to the expert and hear him talk about his new […]
The worlds of tech and innovation suffered a devastating loss this month. Seymour Papert was a prominent mathematician and leading visionary in pioneering education with computers. Dr. Papert passed away on July 31st. Image by Bob Kramer/SPA Magazine/Courtesy of the MIT Media Lab via The Washington Post Dr. Papert was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who changed […]