We love the innovative spirit of this invention and we predict this technology will influence animated and live-action films in the future.
We love the innovative spirit of this invention and we predict this technology will influence animated and live-action films in the future.
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?”
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.
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.
Looking for a Halloween activity to bring to your classroom this October? Look no further. We have just the resource for you to get your learners up and inventing.
Are you ready for another hair-raising invention adventure? After last year’s bone-chilling success, we’re reviving the Hack Your Halloween Challenge this fall for more spooky fun.
We’re so proud to be a part of the Disney Accelerator program and our recent Gizmos & Gadgets, 2nd Edition Kit that we wanted to highlight both of these milestones.
On this very special littleBits Community Call, we celebrated our 5 year birthday! Our founder, Ayah, joined the call and moderated questions brought in by you – our inventing community.
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.
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.
Calling all makers! littleBits Founder & CEO Ayah Bdeir will be speaking on Sunday, October 2nd on the main stage at World Maker Faire in the NYSCI Auditorium.
To celebrate our 5 year Birthday the community team here at littleBits is putting together a super special Community Call.
Grab some balloons, kazoos, and your favorite Bits! It’s time to party! From October 30 – September 2, locations all over the world will be hosting littleBits Birthday Invention Parties.
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.
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.
Idit Harel is transforming how we educate our children.
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 […]
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 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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 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.
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 […]
Combine the Arduino module with the Space and Synth Kits to bring advanced STEM lessons to life! Richard discusses how he uses littleBits for teaching physics, computer programming and mathematics concepts in this week’s Educator Spotlight.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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! […]
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 […]
This week’s Educator Spotlight shines on Scott Cleveland, a fifth grade teacher in Elsberry, Missouri. His students recently competed at the St. Louis Science Center for the Mars Rover Battle of the Best competition, sponsored by Journey to Space and littleBits.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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! […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Last weekend, 200 high school, undergraduate and graduate students from across the US gathered at Cooper Union in NYC for a free, 24 hour hackathon. Participants worked in teams to create their dream projects, bringing together hardware and software in the battle to create the most innovative hacks. Read more about the event and the top winning littleBits designs in this week’s blog post.
Last week we were super impressed and inspired by the librarians we met at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference. To keep the good vibes flowing, this week we have a case study from teacher-librarian Collette J. who is using littleBits as a learning tool in her elementary makerspace.
Last week, our team was in Orlando attending FETC, one of the largest EdTech Conferences in the US. Makerspaces, 1:1 device classrooms, gaming apps and augmented reality were all the buzz. Read the full recap of our experience in this week’s blog post.
At West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional in New Jersey, Rebecca McLelland-Crawley is leading the charge to integrate littleBits into the science curriculum and foster cross-grade mentorship throughout the district. Read more about their environmental science lessons, Maker Ambassador program and Teacher Invention Conventions in this week’s case study.
We kicked off the New Year with a very special Skype in the Classroom lesson, “Exploring Earth and Space Science with NASA,” connecting Mr. Ruiz’s 4th grade classroom in Texas with University of New Mexico’s Dr. Deborah Roberts-Harris and NASA Goddard’s Ginger Butcher.
In April, we featured the Digital Media Academy in an Educator Spotlight and we were eager to hear an update on the Adventures in Engineering and Rocket Science session. Since then, Emily May, Instructor and Curriculum Developer, compiled her experiences and we’re happy to share her story in this summer camp case study.
This week our spotlight shines on Ashley Elsdon, the producer for a learning and research project in the UK, that helps people with learning disabilities create music using readily available and affordable technology.
Collier County Public Schools in Florida conducted a district-wide littleBits STEM challenge that incorporates math and science standards for over 400 4th grade students. Read more about their successes, challenges and take-aways in this feature case study.
As part of their makerspace programming, the Duxbury Free Library uses littleBits in lots of innovative ways: from “Tinkering Tuesdays” activities, to Halloween decorating, to creating interactive summer reading posters and more. Read more about their successes, challenges and take-aways in this public library case study.
This week we are hitting the road with BetaVersity, which manufactures and runs BetaBox Mobile Prototyping Labs. CEO Sean Newman Maroni has been leading the operation and this week our educator spotlight shines on his work.
Our Education page is looking all shiny and new! Read about the enhanced online features that will make making and learning with littleBits even more accessible.
Jacina Leong and the team at The Cube, an evolving hub of STEAM at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology, are integrating creative thinking and learning modalities using littleBits. Read more about their ongoing library outreach and holiday workshops, as well as plans for a pre-service education program.
Yahoo! Tech featured littleBits in an article on high-tech toys that may help to combat gender stereotypes, including an interview with Ayah. “‘We have been very deliberate in making our product gender neutral,’ says Ayah Bdeir, CEO and founder of littleBits. ‘We’re trying to make a product that’s gender neutral, democratic, and empowering for anyone.’”
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.
A mobile makerspace in Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN is providing creative outlets and learning opportunities for their patients, as well as seeding a unique exploration in medical care from the child’s perspective. Read more about this inspiring project inside.
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.”