I discovered littleBits through the internet. I loved the ease, and the potential to make whatever you wanted with the different bits.
I submitted a DonorsChoose project, and I requested 15 Base Kits. I had to sacrifice on the different bits, simply due to cost. I wanted something simple for my students to create with, but still enjoy and learn from.
I currently have my 5th grade students using littleBits. I first had them play with the bits and figure out how to turn them on. I then had them make something from the instruction manual, and finally we created a carnival game. They had to make up their own rules, and then build the game out of different materials. We then took turns playing each other’s games.
I think in the future, I would like the students to combine the bits with LEGO. I want them to have LEGO car races.
One to two students is ideal for sharing a Kit. At three students, some of the students start to disengage.
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