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littleBits and DIY: Check Out Our First Collaboration September 17, 2018

Bitster patch

We hope that you’ve heard about our newest inventor kits — Base Inventor Kit, Electronic Music Inventor Kit, and Space Rover Inventor Kit. We recently launched this new line of three STEAM inventor kits and have been getting positive reviews from kids and their grown-ups. But did you know that littleBits also unveiled (at the […]

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

first day of school

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 […]

Welcome DIY to the littleBits Family! August 14, 2018

littleBits acquires DIY

Today, I’m thrilled to share that littleBits has acquired DIY, an incredible SF-based tech startup that’s cultivated one of the largest and most active online communities of kids! I’m so excited. I’ve always been a fan of DIY’s mission, so when I learned that DIY co-founder Zach Klein was seeking to grow further, I jumped […]

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 […]

Kids Invent Their Own Super Hero with the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit August 1, 2018

Kids Playing with Avengers Hero Inventor Kit

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Super Hero? Today, littleBits is happy to introduce the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit, in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment. The Avengers Hero Inventor Kit includes everything kids need to create their own super powers, then reconfigure them in different ways to create new inventions. […]

You Go Girls! Celebrating Awesome Women in STEM July 29, 2018

Gender Neutrality in STEM

Last week, we posted a quote on Facebook from Ayah Bdeir, littleBits’ founder and CEO, that said: “At littleBits we strongly believe that gender neutrality is essential for encouraging girls to pursue STEM and STEAM.” We were surprised to see some pushback in the comments — specifically, from people who felt that by encouraging girls […]

We Only Have 18 Summers to Create, Invent, and Play! July 17, 2018

Karell Roxas, of Motherly, wrote a perspective piece this summer about having only 18 summers with our kids — and that’s why it is so important to make the most of them. Creating and inventing are two fun, engaging ways for parents to spend quality time with their kids. Luckily, the littleBits team has a […]

Summer Inventions: Music to Our Ears July 11, 2018

For many people, summer is synonymous with music. From 1969’s iconic Woodstock Music & Art Fair to modern-day festivals like Governors’ Ball, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and Coachella, the summer music scene is strong in the United States. Here at littleBits, we see a lot of music-related inventions in the summertime — […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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?

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.

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? […]

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.