Posts in category “Education”

littleBits Teams Up with National PTA September 19, 2018

By the time they are in elementary school, most kids have already made the decision to pursue a STEM career (or not!). From societal pressure, to lack of early exposure to STEM in school, this is the most important time to capture their interest. How can we prepare our kids to be successful in the […]

New Research Shows that Early Exposure to STEM Sets Kids Up for Success September 13, 2018

As a toddler, Jeff Bezos took his crib apart with a screwdriver. Twelve-year-old Mark Zuckerberg used a programming language called Atari BASIC to create a computer messaging system, which he called “ZuckNet.” Larry Page was exposed to STEM from a young age by his parents, who were both computer science professionals. Intuitively it makes sense […]

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? September 12, 2018

One of the most common questions that grown-ups ask kids is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s fun to hear their responses: firefighter, scientist, princess, athlete, owner of an animal shelter. Kids’ imagination and potential is truly limitless. But are we doing kids a disservice by asking this question? Gen […]

5 STEM-tastic Ways to Challenge Kids at Home September 6, 2018

You already know that kids learn important skills, including creativity and problem solving, by working on STEM projects at school. So why not enforce these skills by creating some fun STEM projects your kids can do at home? All kids are different, but we’d be willing to bet that no matter what their interests or […]

What is Your Kid’s Perfect STEAM Kit? August 23, 2018

Kids have a lot of different interests and abilities. One of the best things about littleBits’ STEAM kits are that they are not a one-size-fits-all experience. Each kit works to capture kids’ imagination in a new and exciting way… so whether your kid loves fashion, space, helping others, or anything in between, we’ve got you […]

Top 3 Back-to-School STEAM Inventions Your Kids Can Build for their First Day August 17, 2018

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If you’re like us, your social media feeds are exploding this week with adorable photos of kids on the first day of school — complete with Pinterest-worthy chalkboard signs with their age, grade, and what they want to be when they grow up. Here at littleBits, we’ve learned that learning through play is one of […]

Top STEAM Tips for Your Classroom in the New School Year August 9, 2018

As teachers, we often have to get creative when it comes to preparing our students for the innovative and forward-thinking career paths they may take in the future. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum does just that; it provides kids with opportunities to use their critical thinking skills to be problem solvers and […]

The Education System Is Locked Inside Its Own Pipeline July 3, 2018

Mizuko Ito

As a salesperson I’m familiar with a popular sales methodology called the “sales pipeline.” The sales pipeline looks like a funnel. At the top of the funnel you have your cold leads, which are earliest in the sales process. Those convert to middle-of-the-funnel opportunities that are warmer in the sales process. And finally, you have […]

An Educator’s Reflection on the 2018 ISTE Conference June 29, 2018

Jorge Valenzuela, ISTE 2018

#ISTE18 in Chicago was the first ISTE conference I attended and needless to say I was profoundly impacted with the positive energy, passion for educating children with the very best edtech, and collegiality radiating from practically everyone I encountered! Through attending sessions, the keynotes, the playgrounds, or simply walking through the expo — it was […]

3 Ways you Can Incorporate STEAM Into Your Curriculum Today June 28, 2018

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Why is it important for all of our students to have a chance to participate in STEAM education? While we continue to navigate an uncertain future, one thing we can count on is that the work of tomorrow will be tied intrinsically to a proficiency in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) fields. Just […]

How Librarians are Incorporating STEAM Instruction Into their Libraries June 11, 2018

Emily Rimland

Librarians are taking a prominent role in bringing STEAM to students in school districts and colleges all over the world. In fact, more than half of school libraries in the U.S. and Canada offer maker programing for youth. This gives students more opportunities to engage in maker-based learning. Here are some of the most unique […]

3 Ways to Help Kids Avoid Summer Brain Drain June 6, 2018

Summer Brain Drain

According to the National Summer Learning Association, kids lose as much as two to three months of math and reading skills over the summer — with the most significant losses in lower-income kids. This is called summer learning loss, summer slide, or summer brain drain. Here’s a Washington Post article with additional information on the […]

Invention Inspiration for Memorial Day Weekend May 14, 2018

Spring is finally here, and it’s about time to get the kids outside and playing again! Invention can happen anywhere, so why not combine the warmer weather with the STEM life? Memorial Day is the perfect time to kick off a summer of fun and learning. Check out our Hall of Fame Kits and start […]

Saying “Thank you!” to the teachers that changed our lives May 8, 2018

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Guest Post from Neveen Mourad, Sr. Manager of Community Programs at littleBits When I was in high school, I had a teacher who invited me to “imagine anything,” but this was pre-littleBits. He taught me to imagine anything with words. From there, I grew a confidence in myself and in my imagination that went beyond […]

Looking for a Customizable STEAM Solution? April 25, 2018

 Are you ready to implement a STEAM and coding program into your school or district, but you’re not sure where to start? You’re not alone! Around 20 percent of all jobs in the United States already require some form of STEAM knowledge, yet many school districts do not have a comprehensive program in place […]

Check Out Our New and Improved Pro Library Collection! March 15, 2018

Today, we’re pleased to announce updates to our Pro Library, a giant collection of Bits and accessories meant to fuel young inventors’ imaginations as they gain science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills. The Pro Library will now include new and improved Bits such as the codeBit, new and improved speaker Bit, and LED matrix, […]

Black Girls Code with littleBits on Good Morning America! February 23, 2018

littleBits was so excited to be featured as the STEAM learning tool for the organization Black Girls Code on Good Morning America! In celebration of Black History Month, GMA featured Black Girls Code, an organization empowering young African-American girls to get involved in STEM programs and find jobs in the tech world. littleBits was thrilled […]

Announcing Round 2 of the littleBits Lead Educator Program February 13, 2018

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? […]

Pearson + littleBits = Invention-Based Science Curriculum January 29, 2018

The call to revamp the traditional direct model of instruction has been heard loud and clear. Pearson, the world’s learning company leading the K-12 science market in the United States, has partnered with littleBits, the technology startup that is empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small, with its easy to use platform of electronic […]

How this educator incorporated design, inquiry, and coding December 20, 2017

Jorge Valenzuela is no stranger to using innovative methodologies with his students. As a littleBits Lead Educator Alumni, and as the former supervisor of the Technology & Engineering Education (TEE) program at Richmond Public Schools (RPS), he is now focusing on helping fellow educators champion 21st-century skills. Jorge was invited to share some tips on how to […]

It was, indeed, a happy Hour of Code™ December 12, 2017

With the closing of Computer Science Education Week (also known as #CSEdweek), we hope you and your students had a chance to take part in the 2017’s Hour of Code. Educators can take part in Bitsy #HourOfCode activities year-round — because getting students future-ready is not just a week-long event. Take a moment to revel […]

Bring some Bits to your Hour of Code™ December 1, 2017

  According to the US Department of Labor, 65% of today’s students will have careers that don’t exist yet. So how can educators play their part in ensuring students are future-ready? By teaching foundational skills that set them up for success in a broad range of fields. 21st-century skills should pair with 21st-century ways of […]

[Webinar]How to host an epic Hour of Code™ November 16, 2017

  What do Code.org, ScratchED & littleBits have in common? We all gathered to give you the top tips and tricks to “crack” Hour of Code. First-timers and code-masters alike will find this webinar invaluable as our superstar panelists had something for everyone who is looking to champion digital literacy. You can find the recording […]

A Teacher’s Reflection on being a littleBits Lead Educator September 15, 2017

Jorge Valenzuela is embracing the concept of lifelong learning and has stepped down from his previous position in order to return to school for his doctorate. Here, he looks back on his experience with as a littleBits Lead Educator as he moves forward. My littleBits Story I’m a BIG fan of littleBits! I discovered littleBits […]

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 […]

How to start your own littleBits Inventor Club August 21, 2017

Calling all makers, doers, drawers, circuit benders, learners, teachers, parents, and mentors!   Over the last five years, the littleBits community has grown immensely, both in size and composition. We’ve welcomed 9 year olds to 99 year olds, inventors who make their own Bits to inventors who are just starting out, educators to parents, artists […]

This mom thinks overachieving kids are overrated July 13, 2017

Jane Andraka is changing the face of parenting as we know it. Her son, Jack, is the inventor behind a life-changing invention that detects early signs of pancreatic cancer. Her other son, Luke, is studying electrical engineering. She doesn’t credit their innovation to overachieving or checking off “the right boxes” in school – instead she credits her children’s success with curiosity and creative thinking.

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?

7 women in STEM every kid should know July 5, 2017

Intelligent and ambitious women in STEM discovered or developed many of our world’s biggest technological leaps and biggest innovations. Women discovered or theorized many of our modern day technologies such as computers, medical tools and tests! That’s seriously cool.

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Announcing littleBits First-ever Free Online Summer Camp July 3, 2017

Last June, littleBits dropped some beats all over the world for a most epic event. We hosted our first ever, free online summer camp from June 17-23 as part of the National Week of Making. We created the littleBits’ Online Summer Camp so every week can be the National Week of Making in your classroom, […]

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!”

3 ways to get kids interested in coding June 14, 2017

Parents and educators have been waking up to the reality that coding is an important skill for kids to learn in today’s digital age. But most kids aren’t interested. In a Google-Gallup survey, 86% of parents wanted their kids to learn computer science, but only 25% of students said they were “very interested.” How can we bridge this gap?

Come see littleBits at ISTE 2017! June 13, 2017

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!

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.

littleBits is Adam Savage tested + approved May 24, 2017

Adam Savage featured the SAYAC’s first ever Pop-Up Innovation Center to celebrate their grand opening in the Maker Tour segment of his show. The center has two main objectives. The first is to help patients feel like part of a whole community of makers and inventors throughout the hospital, even though they often can’t leave their rooms. The second is to begin researching the impact of Maker Therapy and how it betters a patient’s quality of life.

Meet the littleBits Lead Educators April 24, 2017

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.

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.

Albert the robot and littleBits changed an entire school April 17, 2017

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!

Top Takeaways: Webinar on bringing coding to your makerspace April 12, 2017

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!

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.

Announcing the littleBits Lead Educator Program March 7, 2017

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? […]

We’re celebrating women who invented the world they want to live in February 28, 2017

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.

Rosie Revere, Engineer is the perfect book to read with your budding inventor February 8, 2017

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.

Kelly Knight January 30, 2017

My younger students are in awe of the control they have. My older students are motivated by the freedom littleBits gives them in the invention process.

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Rob Gilson January 30, 2017

Students who work with littleBits automatically enter the deeply satisfying world of engineering, not only learning and understanding what the Bits do individually but what they can do together, when integrated into a thoughtful, creative, and user-tested design.

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Jorge Valenzuela January 30, 2017

What attracts students to littleBits is the support for the realization of how the world works around them (i.e. why their iPhone responds to touch). It’s very powerful for them to know that they too can be contributors as designers and not just consumers.

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Christiane Agkpo January 30, 2017

While working with littleBits, my students go through the engineering process from designing to building, testing and improving their inventions. At the same time, they develop their creativity, teamwork, and communication skills.

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Allyssa Loya January 30, 2017

I see students problem solving, being creative, working as a team, being patient, evaluating their work, and learning how to take chances without fear of failing.

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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.