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 the most effective ways for kids to gain the skills required to be successful in the future of work. So, this back-to-school season, we want to encourage you to work with your kids to build some awesome STEAM inventions for the classroom — perfect for the first day of school, or for a lifetime of learning.
The Final Countdown
Use this little circuit to check off your classes until you make it to the end of the day!
Prank your friends by setting up this simple circuit in their locker! With some clever placement and a little bit of disguise you will be able to surprise your friends when they try and put their books back in their locker.
Erase Your Mistakes!
Thinking of a special geeky present to give your teacher on the first day of class? Give them this fully automated eraser, to make erasing even easier. Simply make contact with the black or whiteboard and the eraser will do the rest.
No matter how your kids decide to celebrate the first day of school, make this the year that you encourage them to invent the future they want to live in. Play is just one of the ways that we can make education more exciting, and STEAM inventions like the ones listed above are among the most creative and effective ways to do that.
Good luck this year, parents! We’re behind you all the way.