News of the Bitosphere! June 20, 2016

Celebrating National Week of Making, Father's Day and more!

June 20, 2016

littleBits Cake

Students and Teachers at City Park Elementary School in Dalton, Georgia celebrated becoming a littleBits School Chapter with this beautiful cake!  Says STEM lab teacher, Lisa Cushman, “City Park kids are thrilled to try out the challenges and workshops when they come back to school in August.”  Curious about School Chapters?  Find out more!

Community Hall of Fame

pdp Tone Sequencer

Play a song with the Arduino Tone Sequencer by Paul Drongowski AKA “pj” from Westford, MA.  Pj explains: “Synth people and other musicians call this kind of application a ‘sequencer’ because it plays the sequence of notes as an endless loop… In fact, if you have the Synth Kit, you might want to send the audio signal to an envelope module, filter, etc.”

The code is basic enough for a first time musical coder and the dimmers are completely optional.  If you have an Arduino module and speaker, give it a try!  Then, try changing the code to react differently to sensors of your choosing on the left.  Finally, share your remix at !  🙂


It’s Officially National Week of Making!

 President Obama proclaimed June 17-23 the National Week of Making.

“Since our earliest days, makers, artists, and inventors have driven our economy and transformed how we live by taking risks, collaborating, and drawing on their talents and imaginations to make our Nation more dynamic and interconnected. During National Week of Making, we recommit to sparking the creative confidence of all Americans and to giving them the skills, mentors, and resources they need to harness their passion and tackle some of our planet’s greatest challenges. “

littleBits is celebrating with an online summer camp! Join us to level-up your inventor skills and win great prizes. You’ll get a new challenge each morning – upload your inventions to participate and win!  Sign up for FREE at!

Now, let’s check out the creative confidence expressed by inventive Bitsters like YOU! 🙂

Genaro’s Guitar #NationOfMakers by Genaro, Peluca, and Juli from Bariloche, Argentina

#NationOfMakers Challenge 1: Electraccordion Guitar by ObsidianOranges

#NationOfMakers Chimes by Surprisingly Fierce from Colorado


Family Inventing with Fatherly + Spotify

On Friday, we had 15 Bitsters represent at the Spotify + daddy blog Fatherly Pre-Fathers Day event. We practiced our DJ vocabulary with DJ Natalie of Baby DJ School, rocked out with k-indy band The Pop Ups (some of us might have found a new life calling), and got bits in the hands of over 100 parents and kids! The results were nothing short of magical – watching dads and daughters have their moment together, listening to parents talk about how the synth kit could be a game changer for their kid engaging in music, and watching members of our team facilitate family learning.

fatherly event
When kids and parents invent together, it creates these super special compounded, meta-moments that spur an incessant feedback loop of playful learning, curiosity, and pride. Can’t wait until the next one!  ;o)  – lizabits


Awesome show by @thepopups at @spotify.

A video posted by David Saunders (@designsaunders) on

That’s all for today, Bitsters!  If it’s summer where you are, ENJOY!!!  🙂