Most of us make personal New Year’s resolutions, but do you extend those goals and aspirations to your classroom? Now that school is back in session, littleBits is here to inspire you and your students to charge full STEAM ahead into 2014 with our five education resolution tips:
1. Bring the A to STEM
How will you add Art and Design into your curriculum this year? The littleBits education mission is closely aligned with STEAM and the Maker Movement, so our education page is a helpful place to get started. You can see how disciplines intersect in the STEAM Content Boards or browse the lessons page (and aspire to upload your own!). Read this recent article from the Atlantic to fuel your inspiration and check out our STEAM resources page for links, books and strategies.
2. Think Outside the Box
We love when our community surprises us with new ways to teach and inspire their students. For example, we’re excited to see libraries adding makerspaces into their programming. Other educators have created STEAM Salons and MAKE class electives to ensure that kids have extra time for hands on learning and making. You’ll quickly find that the buzz around your programs will grow as more kids become enthusiastic about expressing their creativity. Encourage your students to join the littleBits maker community and upload their projects.
3. Become Famous
Are you running the coolest workshops, drafting mind blowing lessons, attending top notch conferences or just plain awesome? Do children follow you around the hallways like the Piped Piper of Circuits due to your recent success with littleBits? We’d love to hear about your work and feature you on our blog and social channels! You’ll inspire fellow educators while bringing smiles to your students’ faces. littleBits celebrity status never looked so good on you. Share your stories with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Foster your Competitive Spirit
After school programs and clubs are a great way to dive into the Maker Movement. Consider using littleBits in competitions: robotics, Rube Goldberg machines, motorized cars, design challenges…the possibilities are endless. You can also start by encouraging your students to partake in global competitions like the ongoing Instructables contest, which is open until February 9th. We often have contests and challenges running on our littleBits website as well; check back in February for something musical!
5. Expand your Network
Professional development events like conferences, workshops and camps are a great way to get inspired and connect with other educators. Last year the littleBits Education team attended several events, included Edcamp STEAM and The Future of Storytelling. These were some of our most memorable moments, because we get to meet people like you who motivate us to think bigger, bolder and better. Our next staffed event is the USA STEM and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. Join us April 26 and 27 for demos, activities and a meet and greet with some of our team members. We hope to see you there!
Connect on our social media channels with our growing network of educators who share their stories, ideas and successes. You can find our social links (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube etc.) at the top right of the homepage and join in on the littleBits community conversations.
Here’s to the best year yet! Go forth and MAKE!