Yesterday, our education team spent the day learning, exploring and sharing with over 200 teachers at the Edcamp STEAM event at Linwood Middle School in North Brunswick NJ. 25 educators from NY, NJ, PA and DE joined our ‘Playing and Making with littleBits’ session, where we discussed how littleBits can be a vital tool in STEAM education. The educators enjoyed experimenting with the Bits and brainstorming ways to use them in the classroom. To check out the full list of events, click here.

“The aha moment was when I realized that littleBits [is] making programming tangible and physical,” said one of the session participants “It’s an ‘if’ and a ‘then’ and an ‘and’ that is all plug and play. It forces iteration and exploration in a physical sense, taking what is so successful about lego blocks and electrifying it. It grounds programming in the physical and makes it approachable for students who are not yet capable of comprehending software-based programming.”

The Classroom Closeup camera crew was on hand to document the littleBits exploration.

 

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Michael Wilkinson, Fieldston Lower School, sharing his experiences of using littleBits in his 4th grade science classroom

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A toy car Michael and Erin, our Education Program Manager hacked in the Makerspace using littleBits

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Figuring out how the bits work

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