Posts tagged with “steam”

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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? […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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?

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, […]

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.