The air became electric…excitement reigned!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Based on three Bitsters’ experiences we put together a fun plan for a birthday themed family invent night that you can try at home.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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) […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.”
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.
Trendhunter featured the Mars Space Rover in the littleBits Space Kit: “The Space Kit is themed after real building experiments professional NASA engineers and scientists conduct every day at the NASA headquarters. This Mars Rover kit lets users recreate a similar toy version of the real Mars rover NASA sent to explore the red planet.”
“Construction sets like LEGOs break down the building blocks of the modern city in a way kids can understand and enjoy. But how do they explore the digital world? Ayah Bdeir applied her engineering background to these “problems of play” and came up with a new kind of toy: littleBits. littleBits make electronics, light, sound, and sensors as easy to play with as LEGOs and Lincoln Logs—combining learning, prototyping, and fun. In this Creative Insights interview, Ayah explains how she created littleBits, grew the toy into a full-fledged company, and learned to accept fame and funding on her own terms.”
“A new kit lets kids and adults alike perform experiments and build models of real spacecraft, just like the scientists at NASA.
The NASA-approved littleBits Space Kit teaches users how to build a model of a Mars rover, the International Space Station and a variety of scaled-down experiments that scientists use to explore the solar system. The kit comes complete with 12 modules that users can snap together to complete five lesson plans created by the space agency. LittleBits also provides 10 projects modeled after real experiments that NASA scientists and engineers perform every day.”
“Now, you can build your own Mars Rover. The only hassle is that you cannot launch it for the Red Planet!
The space agency Nasa, in partnership with New York-based hardware startup LittleBits, has launched a space kit that enables you to build your own Mars Rover at a school or college lab or at home.
The kit comes with 12 “bit modules” that provide things like power, remote triggering, light sensing and motorization.”
“While the real Curiosity Mars rover inspects a slab of sandstone in search of a new place to drill, young engineers, astronauts and physicists now have a more accessible path to their future in science. The work being done on the surface of Mars can now be simulated by Earthbound enthusiasts, both young and old. Though the parts may be Lego-like, NASA and littleBits are counting on having developed a more thorough set of tools to bring the work of space exploration into any classroom or home. It will be interesting to see who the next Stephen Hawking might be and whether he/she cites NASA and littleBits’ Space Kits as part of their early inspiration.”
“Having studied electronics in college, I am very familiar with the amount of work that goes into planning a circuit and time that it takes to create a working project. However, within minutes of opening the box I was able to light LEDs, play MP3s, and play with waveforms.”
“Houston, littleBits Space Kit ($189) has liftoff! The Lego-like modular engineering toy has unveiled a brand-new set developed in collaboration with NASA. The lessons were written by NASA scientists, and the projects have tech-minded DIYers building mini versions of the Mars Rover and International Space Station.”
“File Under: Real Reasons to Have Kids. If you’re not already familiar, littleBits is a source for super simple snap-together electronics. They operate on a kid- or idiot-friendly design that uses magnets to connect function-specific Bits to each other in endless modular ways. In addition to basic components like motors, sensors, LEDs, switches, usb power sources and inverters, they also batch up kits for the lazy and excitable. The one that got my motor going this week: Space Kit! Among other projects, this kit can help you build a satellite dish, learn how to measure particles in the atmosphere, and make a totally cool ‘robotic space arm’ called THE GRAPPLER.”
“Now, NASA, the U.S. space agency, hopes it has found a workaround through new space kits and a collaboration with a New York-based startup called LittleBits.
NASA, through its Aura mission to study the Earth’s ozone layer and climate, is working with LittleBits to develop activities around a new $189 space kit, announced on Thursday.
Using electronic modules such as motors and dimmers that snap together, the creations will perform functions that normally might require hours of tedious tinkering or piles of electronics components.
The new kits are more demanding than playing with snappable blocks like Legos, but far easier than wiring, soldering or programming.”
“Turns out, the scientists at NASA were pretty excited about the experiments they were conducting on a daily basis, the kinds of unsexy things that put kids to sleep in science class. It was up to littleBits to take those concepts and distill them down into digestible, hardware-based projects that would actually capture their attention.”
“’We try to sense the pulse of society and figure out the fields that people are interested in, but also a bit scared of—engineering, music, space,’ she said. ‘Collaborators like Korg and NASA help us do that, help us show that these fields don’t have to be intimidating.’”
“littleBits is hard to wrap your head around if you don’t actually have the product in hand. But once you do, the mix-and-match modules can be inspiring, teaching you — if you’re a normal — more about electrical engineering than anything else in your purview.”
Learn about electrical engineering, structural design and space flight at a summer camp course developed by Marcus and his team at the Digital Media Academy. Read more about the program and how littleBits was a natural fit for introducing these complex topics to children.
This week we feature Jace Meyer, who develops educational and engaging summer camp experiences for Actua, a Canadian not-for-profit organization. Read more about how this STEM enthusiast is elevating her programs to the next level with the help of some littleBits modules.
The Associated Press took notice of the newest building toys, including littleBits, on display at Toy Fair 2014.
Savvy Auntie has a great round-up of tech toys that allow kids to “create, customize and imagine.” We’re proud littleBits fits that description!
Mashable took special note of the STEM toys at Toy Fair 2014 and included littleBits in their roundup of those that stood out.
The St. Cloud Times takes a look at DIY electronics. Check out why they think littleBits is a good tool and read about the other products they recommend.