Posts tagged with “steam”

How to increase student engagement with STEM January 17, 2017

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.

Hack your classroom for the holidays December 14, 2016

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.

Is everything equal in technology and learning? November 21, 2016

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.

6 kid inventors to inspire you on National Make A Difference Day October 20, 2016

I broke my arm when I was 6. Suddenly, it was impossible to get mac ‘n cheese from my bowl into my noodle hole without dropping most of each spoonful. I would have loved a helpful invention that scooped up those tasty yellow elbows and carried them to my mouth. If my brother and I had littleBits at the time, I’d like to think he would have invented one for me.

How to hack your house for Halloween October 18, 2016

Are you thinking of turning your abode into a haunted house for Halloween? You can amp up the scare-factor to your house with Bits! These genius design hacks will make your living space spooky and innovative. And, if you’re already taking our Halloween Challenge, this is just another way to get your invention process started – with your home!

Engineering For Kids is inspiring the next generation of inventors with Bits September 20, 2016

Engineering For Kids is a program that brings science, technology, engineering, and STEM, to kids ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way through classes, camps, and clubs. We’re thrilled to highlight this program as one of our Chapters and learn more about how they’re incorporating littleBits into a creative and dynamic curriculum.

Over 2,000 students rocked the NYC DOE STEM Summer In The City Program September 14, 2016

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.

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Featured Educator Kelly Knight on life-long learning September 2, 2016

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 […]

The Nerdy Teacher joins our August 31 Community Call August 19, 2016

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 […]

These 3 #ChainReaction Challenge Winners Changed How We Think About Collaboration June 9, 2016

You tinkered with tools. You experimented with everyday objects. You created playfully absurd machines to accomplish a simple goal. You broke your machine. And then you fixed it. We were insanely impressed by the submissions to the #ChainReaction Challenge. You pushed the boundaries of play and creativity by opening food, charging your phone, setting off […]

Educator Resources: littleBits Online Summer Camp June 1, 2016

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 […]

Announcing littleBits First-ever Free Online Summer Camp May 31, 2016

The Summer camp challenge submission period is now closed! Winners will be announced Monday, July 11.   This June, littleBits is dropping beats all over the world for a most epic event. We are hosting our first ever, free online summer camp from June 17-23 as part of the National Week of Making. Last year, […]

Join us for the littleBits Community Call on 5/25 with special guest Joseph Herscher May 17, 2016

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 […]

School Chapters are here! May 16, 2016

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 […]

Announcing the #HackYourHabits winners! May 12, 2016

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 […]

littleBits + NYC Department of Education: STEM Summer in the City 2016 May 10, 2016

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.

#ChainReaction Contraption Challenge May 2, 2016

*****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, […]

littleBits at ASCD April 7, 2016

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, […]

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littleBits Breaks Down Gender Stereotypes at White House Panel on Media and Toys April 6, 2016

We’re super excited to have littleBits CEO Ayah Bdeir at the White House today, as a case study panelist for a conference focused on breaking down gender stereotypes in children’s media and toys. Ayah spoke on the importance of gender-neutral STEM/STEAM tools, on a panel that included some of the most globally prestigious children’s brands: LEGO, Disney, Mattel, and DC Comics.

#HackYourHabits Challenge April 1, 2016

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 […]

Ayah Bdeir to Keynote at SXSWedu on March 8th February 29, 2016

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.

Do your #hourofcode with these Bit Wars activities! December 4, 2015

So you want to run your Hour of Code activity with littleBits? And you want to participate in the Bit Wars Global Makeathon Challenge where you can win massively awesome prizes?! GREAT! This is the perfect place to get started. First things first. It is OK if you want to lead an Hour of Code […]

Announcing the Bit Wars Global Makeathon November 18, 2015

WHAT Join us for a galactic geek-out like no other. From November 19 – December 31, your challenge is to tell the Star Wars story how you want it, through Bits. WHEN To celebrate the Bit Wars challenge as a community, Jedis in over 100 cities around the DagoBit System, will host events in their cities (during the […]

The Results Are In: Gizmos & Gadgets Kit is a Best Toy of 2015 November 17, 2015

We’re proud to announce that the littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit was selected by Popular Mechanics as one of the best new toys of 2015! Our newest kit has also received great reviews from the Wall Street Journal, PC Magazine, Lifehacker and Gizmodo, among others.

Hack Your Halloween Winners! November 5, 2015

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 […]

Hack Your Halloween Contest! October 5, 2015

  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 […]

Education Case Study: littleBits Classroom Integration September 22, 2015

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 […]

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Education Case Study: littleBits 1:1 September 22, 2015

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 […]

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Two free ways to get littleBits in your classroom or makerspace September 17, 2015

At littleBits, our mission is to inspire the next generation of inventors by providing a 21st-century learning tool at the intersection of STEM/STEAM and the Maker Movement, and get it into the hands of as many educators as possible. And what better way to get it into your hands than by giving away a $2000 […]

Chapter Spotlight: littleBits Lyon, with Connie & Benjamin Chow-Petit August 19, 2015

  littleBits Lyon Connie & Benjamin Petit   Our Global Chapters Program is a global network of organizations with a shared mission of putting the power of electronics in the hand of everyone regardless of age, gender, technical ability and language. Find your local Chapter or start your own!   Where are you based? Greetings from Lyon, France! […]

Case Study: Colonial School District August 4, 2015

Meet Sergio Anaya, Curriculum Supervisor for the Colonial School District in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Sergio works with a number of different grade levels to identify real world problems and use littleBits to invent and prototype innovative solutions. Read more about their STEAM programs and Pro Library experience in this week’s case study. littleBits Case Study Submission By: Sergio […]

Chapter Spotlight: Sune Kaae of Stockholm, Sweden May 20, 2015

Sune Kaae @Sune Kaae   I am based in… Stockholm, Sweden Tell us more about your organization/space. Stockholm Hardware is an open community for hardware prototyping and hardware startups. We meet, build, demo and learn. We’re excited about the maker movement, democratization of manufacturing and the internet-of-things as well as the commercial opportunities in the […]

Chapter Spotlight: MacInspires, with Travis Sluss May 13, 2015

Travis Sluss @MacInspires   I am based in… Beautiful and convenient Larchmont, New York! Tell us more about your organization/space. MacInspires is a retail store that focuses on technology educational services for all ages, computer, tablet and phone repair, on site consulting and accessories. Every month we teach at our stores, at people’s homes, schools, businesses […]

Chapter Spotlight: Gemini Lab, with Sumit Pandey May 6, 2015

Sumit Pandey @SumitPandey   I am based in… Oslo, Norway Tell us more about your organization/space. The Gemini Center is a UX research space for collaborative creation by students, designers and researchers working with the design group. We are a part of the Informatics department (IFI) at the University of Oslo.  We were inspired to start […]

Chapter Spotlight: TechShop DC, with Alex Arnopol April 29, 2015

Alex Arnopol @TechShopDC I am based in… Washington, DC (in the Arlington area) In a few sentences, tell us more about your organization/space. TechShop is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and space. We define ourselves as a “maker-space” with an emphasis on STE(a)M education. You can make virtually anything at TechShop! […]

Chapter Spotlight: David Saunders of Greenwich, CT April 22, 2015

David Saunders @designsaunders   I am based in… Greenwich, Connecticut In a few sentences, tell us more about your organization/space. We are a library media center and innovation lab at an independent school in western Connecticut. Our mission is to empower students to think critically and creatively about their environment and find ways to positively […]

Chapter Spotlight: Museum of Science, Boston with Jorge Bernal April 15, 2015

Jorge Bernal @MuseumofScience   Jorge Bernal is part of our inaugural group of Global Chapter leaders. He is the Technology and Education Research Fellow at the Museum of Science, Boston and puts on monster workshops! I am based in… Boston, Massachusetts Tell us more about your organization/space. The Museum of Science, Boston introduces 1.2 million visitors to […]

Case Study: Design Thinking STEAM School March 25, 2015

Meet Regan and John, who are working with over 140 students at Riverpoint Academy in Spokane, Washington to identify real world problems, prototype solutions to those problems and implement design solutions through expert and user-centered feedback. Read more about their design thinking STEAM programs and Pro Library experience in this week’s case study.

Space Exploration Educators Conference Highlights February 25, 2015

Imagine spending a week with 400 educators from around the world who all have a passion for STEAM and Space. Mix in a couple of astronauts, a Space Kit workshop and behind the scenes tours of Johnson Space Center and you’ve got yourself one amazing conference! Check out this special guest blog from Michael Wilkinson for the whole scoop.

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