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 […]

Bring the Beach Home with You This Summer July 2, 2018

It’s finally summer! It’s the best season to sip cold lemonade, sunbathe, and swim to your heart’s content. But what if you’re stuck inside the office all day? Have no fear; technology can help to bring the sounds and sights of the beach to you — no matter where you are. Here are two clever […]

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

teaching STEAM

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 […]

3 Ways to Put a New Spin on Bubbles June 28, 2018

Bubble Charmer Invention from littleBits

Did you know that retailers sell more than 200 million bottles of bubbles each year? Of course, where there’s bubbles, there’s typically some kind of bubble-making device. Whether it be a simple bubble wand or a more elaborate bubble rocket, bubble dispensers are getting more creative than ever. Instead of just blowing bubbles this summer, […]

Let Your Inventor Flag Fly this July 4th! June 25, 2018

For many people, the Fourth of July is time for hot dogs, cookouts, and maybe a few red, white, and blue fireworks. Although the holiday itself a symbol of freedom and the start of summer, we can probably agree that kids and small-scale explosives do not mix. Looking for more inventive ways to celebrate with […]

Zero Tolerance for Zero Tolerance June 20, 2018

We create the world we want to live in

By Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO at littleBits Over the past few weeks I have been watching the news unfold on the border when it comes to the zero tolerance policy; I can no longer be silent. Despite talk of a new executive order to keep families together, the reality remains: this went on for weeks and […]

Meet Mark Crandell! June 13, 2018

Mark Crandell

Here at littleBits, we work with a bunch of super talented makers who know how to get stuff done! Today, we’re excited to highlight yet another high performer on our team. Meet Mark Crandell, our vice president of sales! Mark has been with the company since April 2018 and he’s already made significant strides in […]

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 […]

The Benefits of Bringing Your Dog to Work in NYC June 5, 2018

June 22 is “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” when many employees get to cancel the pet sitter for the afternoon and bring Fido into the office. However, at littleBits, we’re lucky to call every day “Take Your Dog to Work Day.” Bringing our canine friends to work alleviates stress and increases employee performance, among […]

Top LGBTQ Inventors, Just In Time for Gay Pride Month June 4, 2018

June is Gay Pride Month, and littleBits is celebrating by taking a look at some of the most impactful contributions to science and engineering from the LGBTQ community. All month, we’ll be featuring LGBTQ scientists and engineers on our social media channels to help tell their stories and remind the world that genius is universal. […]

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

Thank you

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 […]

New Hall of Fame Kits Honor Tried-and-True Inventions from the littleBits Community May 7, 2018

Today, the littleBits team is thrilled to introduce our new Hall of Fame Kits! At only $39.99 each, each kit can be purchased individually; however, all of littleBits’ electronic blocks work together, so the Hall of Fame Kits can be combined to create even larger inventions. Once kids create the inventions in the box, they […]

4 Ways to Celebrate “May the 4th” May 4, 2018

Tinkering, scavenging, and invention are all timeless themes in the Star Wars franchise — and they are also a foundational part of our DNA here at littleBits. That’s why, when we launched the Droid Inventor Kit last year in collaboration with Lucasfilm, we made sure that it was not simply a replica toy. The award-winning […]

A Look at the Most Iconic “Roars” of All-Time April 27, 2018

We all yell. From soldiers shouting “Geronimo!” as they jump out of an airplane, to concert goers squealing “Freebird!” between songs, yelling has become a form of personal expression and — in the case of Lucasfilm — a way to help others. Lucasfilm is partnering with UNICEF to encourage people to share their best “Wookiee […]

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 […]

Standing Up for Autism Through Invention April 18, 2018

Imagine spending more than 700 hours building something? That’s exactly what 10-year-old Brynjar Karl Bigisson did when he built the largest Lego replica of the Titanic. Check it out. Brynjar has autism, and prior to undertaking this project he had some trouble communicating with others. Building the Lego Titanic gave him a sense of purpose […]

It’s National Library Week, and there’s someone we want you to meet April 13, 2018

Last year, Pew Research Center found that Millennials are the generation most likely to use public libraries, suggesting that even in the age of digitization, the library is not obsolete. As National Library Week comes to a close, the littleBits team wanted to take a moment to recognize all the librarians we work with each […]

Droid Inventor Kit: Now with Coding! April 10, 2018

In August 2017, when littleBits introduced its award-winning Droid Inventor Kit, our goal was to inspire kids to invent through Star Wars. Our method? To teach STEM and STEAM principles by recreating technologies from Star Wars through invention-based learning. The Droid Inventor Kit was well-received. Not only was it selected as “Creative Toy of the […]

The Results Are In: Winners of National Competition Featuring the Droid Inventor Kit April 6, 2018

Back in November, littleBits announced The littleBits Competition: Droid Inventor Kit in collaboration with Lucasfilm — a competition which invited kids, families, and Star Wars fans in the U.S., U.K., and Canada to share their own unique Droid creations with the global inventor community. Our goal was to to challenge kids to think outside the […]

Make it Move Challenge Winners April 2, 2018

YOU MADE SPINNING DANCERS AND DOO-DADS. YOU HELPED BIRDS AND BLIMPS TAKE FLIGHT. YOU ENGINEERED RACECARS, TRACTORS, DOZERS AND SNOW PLOWS. YOU EXPLORED THE OCEAN DEPTHS AND VAST MEADOWS TO BRING ANIMALS TO LIFE. YOU DESIGNED DELIGHTFUL DIORAMAS. YOU INVENTED KITCHEN CONTRAPTIONS THAT STIR, DISPENSE, AND SERVE. YOU THOUGHT UP SMART ROBOTS AND MOBILE TOOLS […]

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, […]

Inventor Club Spotlight: Doguin, South Korea, with August Park February 27, 2018

DOGUIN INVENTOR CLUB “We believe every person has the ability to create something.”   Doguin is our featured Inventor Club this month, based in Seoul, South Korea, and led by August Park (“Doguin” actually means “man the creator” in Korean). They’ve been part of the littleBits community for 3+ years, and we’re thrilled to give […]

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 […]

February Inventor Club Call: We’re shaking things up! February 15, 2018

Guess what? This month, the Inventor Club Call will look a little different based on some suggestions from YOU. The Community squad is trying out two changes: MORE ACCESSIBLE, MORE INCLUSIVE We know that you Club Leaders are located all over the world and in loads of different time zones, so it can be hard […]

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? […]

January Club Call Recap: Launching into 2018! (Literally.) February 1, 2018

We started 2018 by jumping right into the inventing spirit and got our Bits moving in our first Club Call of the year. Couldn’t make it to the live call? Here’s what you missed: The littleBits Quality Engineering Manager, Abel, moved us with his special kinetic tips and tricks. He showed us how to transfer […]

Invention challenges are back! This winter, Make It Move. January 30, 2018

  USE YOUR BITS AND WITS TO INVENT SOMETHING AWESOME THAT MOVES! Your invention can move to fulfill a purpose, or simply move for fun. Think about all ways movement makes our lives, and life, possible…from the earth rotating around the sun to waves in the ocean to the many ways we get around every […]

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 […]

Where to find Invention Packs instructions January 9, 2018

Thanks for purchasing a littleBits Invention Pack! We can’t wait to see what you invent! To get started, follow these steps: Download the littleBits Invent app. We have both a version for iOS and a version for Android. Add your new kit to the “Kits and Bits” list. First, tap on “My Kits & Bits” […]

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Activity: Introduce Coding to Students with the littleBits Code Kit January 3, 2018

Incorporating coding into instruction requires educators to take practical steps for having students learn concepts/practices and also a system(s) for measuring their progress. My experiences have taught me that through the inherent nature of design, STEM/STEAM educators are essentially obligated to teach the other content areas that are key to educating the whole child (or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

October Club Call Recap November 9, 2017

Greetings! Last month’s Club Call took a spooky turn as we celebrated Halloween in the Bitosphere. Couldn’t tune in? Here’s what you missed: You had questions about the Synth Kit, we got ‘em answered! We had a special visit from littleBits Designer Chris P., a Synth Kit wiz, who spooked us with an eerie sounds […]

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How to hack your house for Halloween October 23, 2017

Are you thinking of turning your abode into a haunted house for Halloween? You can amp up the scare-factor to your house with Bits! These genius design hacks will make your living space spooky and innovative. And, if you’re already taking our Halloween Challenge, this is just another way to get your invention process started – with your home!

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 […]

5 Ways to Hack Your Halloween with littleBits October 7, 2017

  Are you ready for the scariest night of the year? Halloween is probably my favorite night of the year because it encourages people to be silly and inventive. And what better way to up your spook factor than with littleBits! You can add lights to your costume, motors to your decorations, and set up pranks to […]

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Meet Molly, the Kid Who Never Stops Inventing September 22, 2017

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 (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) movement and to the kids of today.   Molly is an average kid with problems we can all relate to. For example, who enjoys taking […]

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 […]

Exclusive: New Droids enter the Star Wars galaxy September 14, 2017

Phew! The past few weeks have been out of this world. We launched the Droid Inventor Kit, hosted Droid Inventor workshops across the globe, and watched girls and boys everywhere hone their STEM/STEAM skills as they challenged themselves to create innovative new Droids. Check out some of the highlights! Ayah, our CEO & founder, delivers […]

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 […]

Find a Droid Inventor workshop near you over Force Friday weekend August 31, 2017

Welcome, future Droid Inventors and Droid Inventor parents! You’ve answered the call, and are ready to help us create the next generation of Droids. Your first step in training is to attend a FREE workshop, hosted by littleBits, at a retail location near you. Attendees will be the very first to play with the brand-new […]

Every kid is a Droid Inventor with the new kit from littleBits & Star Wars August 31, 2017

At littleBits, we believe that every kid is an inventor. So today, we have announced the launch of the Droid Inventor Kit, which enables kids to create their own innovative Droids. Your kids can now create their own trusty sidekick! The Droid Inventor Kit encourages kids to explore technology and to think of themselves as […]

littleBits Droid Inventor Kit & Swift Playgrounds August 31, 2017

The littleBit Droid Inventor Kit can be controlled using code on iPads with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds. To install and use the Droid Inventor Kit playbook, follow these instructions: 1. Download and install the latest version of the Swift Playgrouds app from the App Store. 2. Visit the link to the playground. 3. Tap on “Open in […]

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, […]

8 inventions that aren’t in your Synth Kit July 3, 2017

We know that you’re a synth music lover. You’ve created, played, and composed songs all with this jam-packed modular synthesizer kit. You created your very own Keytar and a DJ Spin Table, but now what? You’re certainly not done taking over the world of music – so here are 8 new types of tunes and inventions you can make with your Synth Kit.

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.