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, homeschool, or makerspace. The theme? MUSIC. That’s right, we’re getting funky. With the power of littleBits, you’ll create instruments, learn about sound, and maybe even join a giant online dance party.
HOW IT WORKS
Every morning you present a mini-challenge to your students. Do a quick brainstorm, then grab your Bits and get down whenever is convenient for you. You can use any Bits, but we recommend the Synth Kit, the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, and the Makey Makey Bit.
Challenge #1: Make Beats with Bits
Challenge #2: Transform everyday objects into an instrument
Challenge #3: Start a band
Challenge #4: Invent a dancing robot
Challenge #5: Turn your space into a noisy interface
Challenge #6: Wear your music
Challenge #7: Make a roving dance party or performance
LAST YEAR’S JUDGES
Nanna Øland Fabricius, known to fans around the world as the artist Oh Land, came into the music scene in 2008 under less than conventional circumstances. When 10 years of training and a budding career in ballet was abruptly ended by injury, a life in music began.
At the age of 22, Fabricius wrote and produced her first album fauna, which was released to much critical acclaim. Having recorded most of the album by herself in her bedroom, Fabricius discovered an early knack for production. The process that Fabricius found in creating fauna was foreshadowing for what would come after.
Fabricius has spent the better part of the past 4 years supporting her 2nd and 3rd album releases, Oh Land and Wish Bone. Headlining tours, inter-mixed with supporting dates for such acts as Katy Perry and Sia, have taken Oh Land all over the world. These albums have also paved the way for a growing discography of hits, with “Sun of a Gun”, “White Nights”, fan favorite “Wolf & I”, “Renaissance Girls” and “Cherry on Top”, to name a few.
Mark began drumming at the age of 3. After touring the country as a professional drummer and having the opportunity to play with such notable artists as Slash, Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer, Jerry Cantrell, Perry Farrel and Eric Hutchinson he went on to session playing, earning a platinum record for his work with John Legend and a Gold record for his work with Def Jam artist Nas. Mark has been with School of Rock since 2005. He lives in the Chicagoland area with his wife and two children. His son Jack is a drummer and his daughter Emme is a singer at the School of Rock in Hinsdale, IL.
LAST YEAR’S WINNERS
Get inspired by last year’s Summer Camp Challenge winners. Can your students use these as inspiration for a remix?
INVENTIONS THAT INSPIRE US
We are loving the creativity in these sonically superb inventions. (They might even be a sneak peek into the coming mini-challenges!)
“Moby” v2 the LEGO Dancing Robot by mmalpartida
Marble Run Orchestra by hollis
Cardboard Accordian by makedojo
Dancing Paper Robot by macinspires
Kalimba by htkgk
Whether you want to give your students a musical-themed capstone project or host a workshop with friends, here are your go-to tools for unleashing anyone’s creativity.
Your ultimate tool to run the littleBits’ Online Summer Camp.
Beginner to Intermediate
- Introducing the Invention Cycle by lizabits
- Create your own littleBits Orchestra! by Hans_Tammen
- Tinkering with Sound by JamieEwing65
- littleBits RGB Oscillator-Scope • Visualizing Sound by Professor7
- Music Meets Physics with Beats by RichB
- Alternate Sequencing Concepts: Transposition Experiments by Peter Speer
- Vocal Synthesizer Workshop: Modeling the Human Vocal Tract by erin_littleBits
- Clock Division and Multiplication with littleBits by Peter Speer
We can’t wait to see what your students invent!
In 2015, President Obama announced the Nation of Makers initiative, a call for students, educators, entrepreneurs, designers, and more to learn the technologies that will let them invent anything. From STEM learning experiences to STEAM tinkering, the National Week of Making is bringing the “Maker mindset” to the masses by focusing on creative problem solving, curiosity, collaboration, and critical thinking. This was the original inspiration behind our Online Summer Camp.