As the littleBits Global Chapters program grows and our School Chapters program launches, we wanted to highlight the unique spaces using littleBits and hosting events around the world. For this series, we’ve interviewed six Chapter leaders (from different types of spaces) and encouraged them to share their experience with us.
1. Please describe your space and what you do in there.
Our Fab Lab is based in Gdynia, Poland. We share the building with two others organizations (one that makes murals and prints and the second is doing stuff around design thinking methodology). As a FabLab we have about 120 square meters for ourselves and about 50 square meters of shared space which we call “white space”.
I could write a book about the stuff we are doing in the space. We try to help people bring their ideas to life. For example, we’ve helped make an organ made out of PVC pipes, boats, kayaks, telescopes, 3D printers, plenty of longboards, drones, furniture, euro pallets furniture, tons of toys. In addition to this, we organizing plenty of workshops every month.
We have a laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC milling machine, mechanic saws, grinders, tons of hand tools, sewing machines and of course littleBits.
2) How do you use littleBits in your Fab Lab?
At the moment we have: 2 Student Sets, 1 Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 1 CloudBit Kit, 1 Makey Makey and two Arduino modules.
For now we are basically use littleBits for running workshops before the summer holiday.
After the summer holiday, we plan to start our academy (for kids 10 to 12 years old) where littleBits will be one of the blocks we use alongside Scratch.
3) What kind of projects have your community members made using littleBits?
Because we just started using littleBits in our mobile Fab Lab, we’re still building our community. We’ve been conducting in Orange Studios, who are known for their animations, so we worked on topics such as robots that flip, drawing bots, racing bots, animals from other universes and ball throwing machines.
What impact has the presence of littleBits had on your space and/or community?
Working with youth was main reason why we got littleBits. No soldering is needed and if something doesn’t work it is really easy to fix it. We were looking for a tool to make building and creating more powerful, impactful and fun.
littleBits are a tool, not just destination in my workshops. They have magical force to open some creative doors, especially within kids. I’ve heard kids say “it will move?! But how?? Electronics??! I don’t know anything about it…” and after a while when you look at them, they are fully engaged with sparkles in their eyes.
What’s been the most exciting part about running a Global Chapter in your Fab Lab?
The most exciting part for me is to see how creative kids can be, how much heart they put in their inventions.