Bringing Super Heroes to Life on National Super Hero Day

By Allie VanNest

It’s National Super Hero Day -- a great time to honor Super Heroes of all shapes and sizes. Here at littleBits, we’re especially into Super Heroes since we launched our Avengers Hero Inventor Kit last summer.

The Avengers Hero Inventor Kit encourages kids to build their own high-tech hero gauntlet with wearable tech sensors, in-app block coding, a customizable LED matrix light design, and authentic Marvel Avengers sound effects.

Marvel Avengers including Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow, Black Panther, and Shuri, then guide them through "hero training" in the free Avengers Hero Inventor app, which includes step-by-step instructions and video tutorials for more than 18 in-app activities.

Honoring the Characteristics of Real-Life Super Heroes

The kit -- very much like National Super Hero Day, itself -- helps kids to personally bring to life some of the most important characteristics of a true Super Hero: uniqueness, ingenuity, and inclusivity.

Uniqueness: Every hero has unique powers

It would be difficult to agree on which Super Hero is the “best” Super Hero. From Black Widow to The Hulk, each one brings their own strengths and abilities to the table. The Avengers Hero Inventor Kit walks kids through completion of activities related to light, speed, stealth, sound, coding, and unique hero identity so that they can unleash their creativity and imagine their own invention super powers.

Not only can kids customize their own super powers at home, but we often hear about educators using the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit to customize their lesson plans in the classroom. Art teachers love to use their Bits as a foundation for interactive art installations (see the video below for an example), while Science or Math teachers use the various Bits to teach topics like acceleration or coding.

Ingenuity: Heroes exist in real life

There are many kids in our society who use their creativity and inventiveness to make the world a better place. Super Heroes do this, too.

While some of the heroes we look up to help others to overcome the challenges that they face on a daily basis, we’re seeing kids all over the country (and the world!) come up with solutions to real-world problems -- and that makes them pretty super too!

Check out Max’s invention to help socialize shelter cats, for example.

Inclusivity: Super Heroes are from everywhere

National Super Hero Day embraces heroes of all shapes and sizes -- whether they are big or small, green or purple, grumpy or sweet. In much the same way, littleBits is empowering kids everywhere, regardless of gender, race, nationality, and ability, to solve the epic challenges ahead.

Today is the perfect time to encourage your kids -- or your students -- to be unique, creative, and inclusive. Let us know what they come up with . . . we all need a real-life Super Hero to look up to every once in a while.


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