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Posts tagged with “stem”

November Club Call Recap: Droids Droids Droids! December 5, 2017

 Droids have taken over the Bitosphere! Our November Club Call was absolutely galactic as we put the spotlight on the Droid Inventor Kit. Missed the call? Here are the highlights: Up your Droid game with Code Kit: littleBits Product Designer Sarah P. walked us through how to make a Celebration Droid, coded with confetti-throwing […]

November Inventor Club Call: Get your Droids ready! November 15, 2017

This month’s Club Call is all about Droids. Pop in for some littleBits news, inspiration from Little Maker Americana (a very cool Inventor Club from Brazil), plus a few ideas of how you might add coding Bits to your Droid Inventor Kit for some next-level inventions! You’ll be able to ask questions, give us feedback, […]

Inventor Club Call – Haunted Halloween Edition! October 18, 2017

Happy Halloween! Our October Club Call will be silly, spooky, and full of sound! Join us on Friday, October 27 at 3pm ET via littleBits Hangouts on Air. We’ll give you the latest updates from the Bitosphere, pro tips on using sound Bits from one of our awesome littleBits product designers, and celebrate a new […]

Go full STEAM ahead & never stop inventing September 14, 2017

Last week, General Electric released a video about Molly, a kid who never stopped inventing. Here’s why this type of visibility is so important for the STEAM movement and to the students of today.   Molly is an average kid with problems we can all relate to. Who enjoys taking out the garbage in the […]

Making experiences through making code September 6, 2017

— We don’t often hear about high-schoolers and elementary school students getting along, and especially working together! Learn more about the magic these students made with two littleBits Lead Educators. littleBits Lead Educators Laura Fleming and Billy Krakower’s students joined creative forces by using the littleBits Code Kit. Earlier this year, Billy and Laura were […]

5 ways educators (and parents!) can support young women in STEM July 5, 2017

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?

Newport Heights’ students’ creativity soars June 15, 2017

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!”

VIDEO: Connectivity, Coding & the Four Cs Webinar Recap June 2, 2017

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.

4 Things Everyone Should Know About Early STEM Learning April 20, 2017

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.

Coding the future: Coding & creativity in the classroom (webinar) April 18, 2017

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.

PD That’s Out of This World April 18, 2017

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.

3 reasons educators are signing up for CMK 2017 March 15, 2017

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.

4 games you can build & code with the littleBits Code Kit March 13, 2017

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.

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

Yahoo! Tech: These 3 High-Tech Toys Help Teach Girls to Stick with Science August 11, 2014

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.’”

ABC 7 Chicago: Students Build Robot for Motorola Maker Challenge May 25, 2014

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: NASA littleBits Space Kit Lets Children Recreate the Mars Rover May 12, 2014

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.”

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lynda.com: Creative Insights: Ayah Bdeir and littleBits May 5, 2014

“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.”

Space.com: Build a Spacecraft at Home with NASA-Approved Space Kit May 5, 2014

“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.”

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NDTV: How to build your own Nasa-approved Mars Rover April 28, 2014

“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.”

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Liberty Voice: NASA and LittleBits Develop Lego-Like Kits April 27, 2014

“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.”

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