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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

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.

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? […]

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.

Hack the halls with these littleBits holiday inventions December 5, 2016

The holiday season is officially upon us, which means it’s time for whimsical, wonderful, wintery inventions! Over the past few years we’ve seen inventors of all ages make incredible inventions based on holiday traditions. Whether it’s a kid making their first inventions from their new Kit, or a parent making a device to bring the family closer together, here are some of our favorites.

Play with your food using the Rule Your Room Kit November 23, 2016

It’s turkey day, a time to stuff your face with stuffing, eat way too much pie, and hope that the tryptophan calms your crazy uncle down. It’s the same thing every year. Spice things up by turning your Thanksgiving dinner into hands-on invention time with the kids. The littleBits Rule Your Room Kit allows you to turn any conductive material into a touch sensor. That means your turkey can turn on a light, your gravy can play a song, and you can finally find a use for that holiday fruitcake nobody touches! Here are three easy inventions you can make with the Rule Your Room Kit.

The Making of Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition October 3, 2016

Behold! The new Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition: the new tool for unleashing your inner inventor. The 2nd Edition has new inventions, new accessories, but most importantly, the Bluetooth Low Energy Bit. And what does that mean? You can now build inventions AND control them from a smart device.

Over 2,000 students rocked the NYC DOE STEM Summer In The City Program September 14, 2016

This summer, littleBits participated in NYC Department of Education’s STEM Summer in the City Program. For 5 weeks, 105 teachers used littleBits to teach 2,100 students lessons such as Invent a Self Driving Car & Invent A Throwing Arm. Kids also participated in open challenges like Invent for Good and created games with their inventions. Here’s a rundown of the favorite things we saw and heard at summer school.

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Inventor News: Honoring Seymour Papert August 12, 2016

There’s so much happening in the worlds of tech and innovation. Here at littleBits, we want to share the latest insights on invention with you. So, here’s to a new series that will get you inspired to create and get your mind working on new ideas! Photo by Matthew Wiebe 1. Seymour Papert saw education’s […]

littleBits at Maker Faire Bay Area May 17, 2016

Come see us at Bay Area Maker Faire  from May 20-22! This year we’re setting up shop inside the Microsoft booth with a giant pile of Bits. Stop by the littleBits table in the Microsoft booth in Zone 2, where makers can demo littleBits IoT inventions and get hands-on with the littleBits workshop set. IoT inventions will include a cloud-controlled doorbell, a […]

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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 […]

Diamond Minecart’s bitCraft Inventions May 12, 2016

Last year we worked with DanTDM to show you how easy it is to control redstone with littleBits using out Minecraft mod. The bitCraft mod connects your cloudBit-powered inventions to Minecraft. Activate redstone with a littleBits button, or set a pressure plate to buzz a Bit in your room. Learn more and download the mod […]

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Kids in Flint “Invent for Good” with littleBits April 20, 2016

On April 2nd, littleBits teamed up with the Office of Michigan State Senator James Ananich and the Flint Public Library to hold an Invent For Good workshop for kids and parents in Flint, Michigan. Over 40 kids (and 3 news crews!) attended and were challenged to invent something that solves a real world problem using […]

Global Chapter Case Study: Fab Lab Brasilia March 18, 2016

  As the littleBits Global Chapters program grows and our School Chapters program launches, we wanted to highlight the unique spaces using littleBits and hosting events around the world. For this series, we’ve interviewed six Chapter leaders (from different types of spaces) and encouraged them to share their experience with us.   1. Please describe your […]

A STEM club for female refugees February 8, 2016

  Greensboro has seen an influx of refugees from around the world in the last few decades; it is home to the third largest refugee population of any U.S city, with North Carolina ranking fifth in refugee population out of all fifty states. Education is where many refugee youth are hardest hit. Between 2002 and 2011, the […]

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers February 5, 2016

EDF Energy wants to inspire the next generation of female engineers. Their R&D team designed and launched littleBits workshops in the UK to teach girls about electricity and renewable energy.   Groups of girls aged 11-16 were challenged to design products for a Smart Bedroom using littleBits, coupled with coding activities, access to 3D printers […]

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Kids of Kathmandu February 2, 2016

  Kids of Kathmandu is a NY-based not-for-profit working with local organizations in Nepal to rebuild 52 public schools serving 10,000 kids in the areas hit hardest by the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. littleBits donated several kits to encourage experimentation and collaboration among the students.   “Color coding was first thing for kids to […]

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Empowering the Deaf to Explore Music February 2, 2016

  Vi is a music device designed by UK-based product designer Dimitri Hadjichristou that allows deaf children to experience music in a way that encompasses both tactile and visual music interaction. Using a cheap speaker and a littleBits Synth Kit, Vi prompts the user to stick together its Lego-like components to create sounds, the sounds then vibrate […]

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littleBits and Ableton hang out in Munich January 4, 2016

This blog post was written by Giorgia Gabrielli and Matthias Wolf from PlayHardware, the littleBits Chapter in Munich. Following Loop 2015 in Berlin, the Bavaria Ableton User Group and PlayHardware agreed to work together. The goal was to discover the vast possibilities when you combine littleBits with Ableton products. According to Ableton, who organized the event, Loop is three days […]

How to Use Your Edutopia Discount Code December 16, 2015

Welcome to littleBits!  If you are new to the site, enter the code EDUTOPIA at checkout to get 15% off your order through December 31. If you are already a registered educator with littleBits, simply sign in to take advantage of your 15% Educator Discount. Shop now Please note that the discount code will not work […]

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Hack Your Halloween Faves October 27, 2015

  Hack Your Halloween is in full swing and littleBits inventors around the world are uploading their spookified objects, costumes, robo-frankensteins, ghouls and hackolanterns to the littleBits Project Page. Check out a few of our favorites so far:   1) Real Life Minecraft Creeper by mmalpartida “We remixed a prop my wife made for Isabella’s Minecraft-themed birthday party. It makes […]

Meet The Makers: Travis Lin & Holihola, Grand BitOlympians August 4, 2015

Travis Lin & Team Holihola     We met Travis in person at Maker Faire San Mateo this year, although he has a littleBits community member for quite some time. He was recently accepted as a Chapter leader and hosted his first event around the BitOlympics– the competition he and his team eventually won!   Where […]

The BitOlympics Results Are In… July 29, 2015

After three weeks, over 50 events around the world and 100 submissions, the votes are in. We are incredibly excited to announce the first-ever BitOlympic Champions. …. drum roll….   The Olive Wreath & Grand BitOlympian Awards go to Jason Huang, Bou-Yu Chen, Chin Ia Hung, Orilla Lin, Hal Maa, Jyun Siang Wang, Huang Shu Ting and Travis […]

Meet The Makers: Alayna Hughes & Pierluigi Barberis, Creative Technologists July 28, 2015

Alayna Hughes & Pierluigi Barberis @Curiosibot We first met Alayna and Pierluigi when they applied to become Chapters leaders in March, 2015. Immediately after launching their Chapter at the Berklee Valencia Maker Lab, they started hosting events and the projects they uploaded caught our eyes. Where are you based? Valencia, Spain What’s the maker scene […]

Chapter Spotlight: Staten Island Makerspace, with Jarred Sutton July 22, 2015

Staten Island Makerspace Jarred Sutton     I am based in… Staten Island, NY, the greenest borough making a new name for itself! Tell us more about your organization/space. Staten Island Makerspace is a 6,000 square foot facility just two train stops from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. It was started after Super Storm Hurricane Sandy washed out […]

Let The BitOlympic Games Begin! July 1, 2015

We are excited to launch our first-ever BitOlympics, a 3-week competition to create extraordinary inventions, learn new skills, meet other Bitsters from around the world and win up to $5,000 in prizes. The games begin with a Global Makeathon around the world during the weekend of July 10th! You can participate independently online, join an event at your local Chapter […]

Chapter Spotlight: playhardware, with Matthias Wolf June 24, 2015

playhardware Matthias Wolf     I am based in… Munich, Germany Tell us more about your organization/space. playhardware is a community of makers who want to bring hardware, software and mechanics closer together. Our goal is to build products and projects which integrate the possibilities of both the physical and the digital world to create something even bigger. […]

Chapter Spotlight: Makerspace Bekasi, with Viking Karwur June 3, 2015

Makerspace Bekasi  @Viking Karwur     I am based in… Jakarta, Indonesia Tell us more about your organization/space. Makerspace Bekasi has been operating since January 2015. We renovated a home office and transformed it into a makerspace. Our space is focused on teaching children computers, crafts and electronics. I was inspired to start a Global Chapter because… 1. It was a great […]

Chapter Spotlight: Sune Kaae of Stockholm, Sweden May 20, 2015

Sune Kaae @Sune Kaae   I am based in… Stockholm, Sweden Tell us more about your organization/space. Stockholm Hardware is an open community for hardware prototyping and hardware startups. We meet, build, demo and learn. We’re excited about the maker movement, democratization of manufacturing and the internet-of-things as well as the commercial opportunities in the […]

Advice from the Ultimate Makers (Our Moms!) May 8, 2015

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we thought we’d celebrate our awesome moms by spotlighting some tidBits of wisdom that they’ve given us throughout the years! We asked our team members to share the best bit of advice they’ve received from their moms. And, for some extra giggles, we encouraged our bitsters to compare their heroes to […]

Chapter Spotlight: TechShop DC, with Alex Arnopol April 29, 2015

Alex Arnopol @TechShopDC I am based in… Washington, DC (in the Arlington area) In a few sentences, tell us more about your organization/space. TechShop is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and space. We define ourselves as a “maker-space” with an emphasis on STE(a)M education. You can make virtually anything at TechShop! […]

bitLab Thursday: Meet Alex Pikkert, maker of the Break Out Bit April 23, 2015

As many of you know, Alex Pikkert is a littleBits magician. We’re always oohing and aahing over his mystifying projects. And for his latest trick, Alex made a bit to connect your littleBits to other systems. Check it out, share & vote today!   My name is Alex Pikkert and I live in Hengelo in […]

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