There’s a transformation happening in education that is blending the “learn by doing” maker movement with STEM/STEAM concepts. Whether in traditional or newly emerging maker space classrooms, out-of-school programs, or in community spaces like libraries and museums, hands-on learning is inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers and the educators who are forging these new experiences with them.
“Fortunately for teachers, the Maker Movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. By embracing the lessons of the Maker Movement, educators can revamp the best student-centered teaching practices to engage learners of all ages.” — Silvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager, How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education
littleBits has been part of the Maker Movement since our inception. Over the past two and a half years we’ve been inspired by the amazing educators that have used littleBits products in workshops, classrooms and programs all around the world.
“Because of the open-ended and “maker” nature of littleBits, the materials draw in students that may not initially see themselves as future scientists, engineers or mathematicians. littleBits provide an integrated approach to STEM/STEAM content areas.” — Janice Novakowski, teacher consultant for the Richmond School District in British Columbia
We thank all of our educators for sharing their experiences with us. Your insightful feedback has helped us shape our newest littleBits offering – Collections. Our new Workshop Set and Pro Library Collection are configured to provide a greater breadth of our module library while accommodating larger groups. Our popular Student Set (formerly known as Classroom Set) remains the perfect option for educators looking for choice time and open exploration options for their classroom.
To learn more about the versatility, adaptability and ease of incorporating littleBits into programs and classes, check out what our community has to say in our new Educator Case Studies:
School Library Makerspace – Laura Fleming, Library Media Specialist at New Milford High School, New Milford, NJ
School Classroom – Michael Wilkinson, Math and Science Teacher at Fieldston Ethical Culture, Lower School, NY, NY
Nonprofit Out-of-School Organization – Kerry Richardson and Steve Ciampaglia, Cofounders/Codirector of the Plug-In Studio, Chicago, IL
Public Library – Lisa Goldstein, Division Chief of Central Youth Wing at Brooklyn Public Library and Andrea Vaughn Johnson, Coordinator, School Age Services from the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY
Museum Workshops – Jessica Nuñez, Family and Youth Programs Assistant and Sarah Freedman, Coordinator, School Age Services from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Bronx, NY
Professional Development – Timothy Hammill, Supervisor of Educational Technology and Curriculum Services at Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, Greensburg, PA
Dig into our new Collections to bring hands-on learning and making to your students!