littleBits, owned by Sphero, is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower you to invent anything, from your own remote controlled car, to a smart home device. The Bits snap together with magnets, no soldering, no wiring, no programming needed.

 

littleBits makes learning about STEM/STEAM more fun and accessible to spark the world's next generation of inventors.

 

The intuitive, color-coded Bits™ each have a specific function (ie. motion, lights, sound, sensors, internet connectivity), and all the Bits snap together with magnets to make larger circuits. Building circuits is simple and intuitive, allowing students to create powerful, sophisticated electronics in a matter of seconds. With an ever-expanding library of Bits, educators and students can grow their collection and engage in increasingly complex projects as their understanding of the system and Bits grows.

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How Does littleBits Work?
 

As mentioned, the Bits are color coded, making it easy for users to differentiate and understand the role of each Bit.

 

It all starts with power.  Power Bits, which are blue, plus a power supply, run power through your circuit.

 

Use the magic of magnets.  Students connect Bits by snapping them together via embedded magnets.  Therefore, the connections are never wrong!  Bits include:

  • Input Bits.  Input Bits accept input from you or the environment and send signals that affect the Bits that follow.

  • Output Bits. Output Bits do something — light up, buzz, move…

  • Wire Bits.  Wire Bits connect to other systems and let you build circuits in new directions.

 

Power Bits always come first and Input Bits only affect the Output Bits that come after them.

 

Tweak.  Switches, buttons, and sensitivity dials on the board allow you to change how the Bit functions.

 

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What is the Appropriate Age Range for littleBits?
 

littleBits can be used across the entire education spectrum:

 

  • Elementary - In K-5 schools, Bits are used in science, math, literacy, music, and arts lessons as well as STEM/STEAM fairs and competitions. Small hands love to explore and invent with littleBits.

  • Middle and High School - At the secondary level, students can explore more complex concepts in physical science, logic, design, computer science and music. They can integrate the cloudBit™ to create smart technologies or practice coding with the Arduino Bit to design robots and other inventions.

  • Higher Education - College students dive deeper into engineering, electronics, product design and entrepreneurship by prototyping new Bits and sophisticated devices.

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How Does littleBits Fit into Existing Programs?
 

littleBits’ products are at the intersection of important trends in education today including STEAM programs, the Maker Movement, project-based learning, and more:

 

  • STEAM Education - STEAM education focuses on innovation and creativity as a way to build key skill sets for students. littleBits fits well into this design, providing an opportunity for students to build innovative circuits that merge electronic building blocks with other materials, such as rubber bands, cardboard, and 3D printed objects. Experimentation and playful thinking with littleBits often produce unique and creative outcomes, which can reach across many areas of the curriculum. In addition to learning about science, students develop key mathematics skills and learn to communicate their designs through writing and drawing.

  • Maker Movement - The Maker Movement describes a move in education toward experiential environments in which students construct their learning through hands-on exploration and “do-it-yourself” or “do-it-with-others” projects. Making happens any time students use technology to make something. littleBits supports the modern Maker Movement by adding new technologies to the mix, including hardware (the Bits), computing platforms, and programming tools (for example, Arduino) alongside traditional materials and tools.

  • Project-Based Learning - littleBits can play an integral role in any project-based learning unit. The open-ended design possibilities give students an opportunity to innovate solutions to real-world problems for authentic learning that they can use to understand the world around them.

 

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How Do I Buy littleBits?
 

Learning Labs is proud to be able to sell the entire line of littleBits products.  Here, we'll focus on several packages and kits that fit the needs of most of our customers.

 

Code Kit

 

Build games.  Learn to code.


The secret to learning? Make. It. Fun. So this kit's all about learning to build & code through games. With games, students embrace failure, make their own rules, think critically, and collaborate.

 

The Code Kit is appropriate for grades 3-8 and will serve 1-3 students.

 

The Code Kit includes:

  • 16 Bits

  • 30+ accessories

  • tons of resources

  • computer-based Code Kit app

  • Compatible with Mac, Windows & Chromebook

View the brochure.

For more videos, visit the Code Kit playlist on our YouTube channel.

Please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

 

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STEAM Student Set

 

Educators of every level can now bring STEAM learning to life - no experience necessary. With the inclusion of Art in STEM, students are empowered to think creatively and design and engineer solutions to real-world problems.  Students engage with electronics by completing 8 challenges that progress in difficulty, with 10 companion lessons for educators.  The 120+ page Teacher's Guide connects challenges to NGSS and Common Core standards, and inspires you to take concepts further.

 

The STEAM Student Set includes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

 

 
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The Workshop Set
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Workshop Set

 

The Workshop Set offers a great value with 160 Bits (8 sets of 20 Bits), and can support up to 32 inventors in the classroom, library, or makerspace.

 

The Workshop Set:

 

  • is ideal for educators, makerspaces, libraries, and after-school programs

  • accommodates 24-32 individuals or 8 groups of inventors with 20 Bits each

  • helps you get started fast with the comprehensive Educator’s Guide, built to empower teachers and other workshop leaders to facilitate and create project-based lessons

  • comes with official littleBits tacklebox to store Bits on a shelf or on the go

 

Please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

 

STEAM Education Class Packs

 

Sets you up for 16+ hours of STEM/STEAM teaching with 6 STEAM Student Sets (up to 18 students!).  STEAM Student Sets are discussed above.

 

The STEAM Education Class Packs include:

 

  • 6 STEAM Student Sets in a littleBits tackle box to keep your Bits safe, plus classroom management tips and tricks

  • 8 challenges that progress in difficulty, with 10 companion lessons for educators

  • a 120+ page Teacher's Guide that connects challenges to NGSS and Common Core standards, and inspires you to take concepts further

 

Please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

 

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The Pro Library
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Pro Library

 

At 304 Bits, the Pro Library is the biggest littleBits collection ever. It’s optimal for schools, libraries, makerspaces, design agencies, or anyone looking to create and prototype inventions.

 

The Pro Library:

 

  • comes with three tackle boxes to store hundreds of Bits on a shelf, or on the go

  • includes every Bit, featuring cloudBit, Arduino, wireless, and synth Bits

  • is perfect for collaborative, project-based learning at all levels

  • allows inventors of all ages to prototype complex interactions in seconds

  • is robust enough for demonstrations and presentations

  • can include wall storage (separate purchase)

 

Please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

 

 

Hardware Development Kit

 

The Hardware Development Kit (HDK) is the quickest way to get started developing your own module. The two proto modules allow you to connect to PCBs and breadboards, while the perf module allows you to build a small circuit right on the module. When you're ready to design your own PCB, you can use the included gray bitSnap™ connectors to attach to the board. Color-coded stickers are also included so you can easily denote your bitSnaps as power, input, wire, or output.

 

The Hardware Development Kit includes:

 

  • USB power

  • long LED

  • button

  • servo

  • sound trigger

  • cloudBit

 

Please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

 

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STEAM PD

 

The stand-alone PD (professional development) helps educators integrate STEAM teaching into the classroom in grades 3-8 through an interactive, hands-on course combining online and offline learning.

 

By the end of the course teachers will have:

 

  • an understanding of how littleBits infuses STEAM across the curriculum

  • explored different instructional strategies for using littleBits

  • an appreciation for how the Invention Cycle develops creative confidence

  • gained insights about implementing littleBits in the classroom

  • designed and put into practice STEAM-based lessons

 

STEAM PD gives teachers 6+ hours of learning, wrapped into five online sessions to complete at their own pace. The five online sessions include:

 

  • Session 1: Welcome to littleBits - Explore basic concepts like learning through invention, play, creativity, and the meaning of STEAM.

  • Session 2: Inventing with littleBits - Break out the Bits to see how easy it is to make littleBits circuits. You'll learn how to use littleBits as an invention tool.

  • Session 3: STEM/STEAM and the Invention Cycle - Take those circuits a step further with the littleBits Invention Cycle. Bring STEAM concepts to life!

  • Session 4: Managing the littleBits Classroom - Get insider info on managing a littleBits classroom, plus organization tips and implementation models.

  • Session 5: Developing a STEM/STEAM Lesson Plan - Use your new knowledge to design fun, engaging and enlightening lesson plans with littleBits.

 

Since Bits are required to complete the course, it's encouraged that you also purchase the STEAM Student Set to maximize course learning experience.

 

Check out the PD Overview.

 

Please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

 

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Expansion Packs

 

Expansion Packs deepen students’ experiences with littleBits' popular educational kits (STEAM Student Set and Code Kit) by offering customized content—by grade and subject—as well as additional invention experiences with more Bits and accessories.

So if your students enjoyed making a catapult or a backpack alarm with the STEAM Student Set, we know they’ll love delving deeper into new science-related inventions like the quake detector to warn them of earthquakes, or a creature connections invention that encourages them to create an animal that reacts to its environment.

Each Expansion Pack comes with additional Bits to complement your existing educational kit, along with six new lessons that tie into grade and subject-specific topics — so now educators can get even more use out of their kits!

Do you have a STEAM Student Set in your classroom now?

The STEAM Student Set Expansion Pack: Science deepens students’ STEAM Student Set experience by offering new Science lessons for grades 3-5 and additional invention experiences with an accelerometer, sound trigger, threshold, Makey Makey, wire, long LED, and bargraph Bit, plus various accessories. Students will deepen their engineering design skills with NGSS-aligned Life and Earth Science subject matter.

Do you have a Code Kit?

Code Kit Expansion Pack: Computer Science enriches students’ Code Kit experience by offering new Computer Science lessons for grades 3-5 and additional invention experiences with a proximity sensor, accelerometer, light sensor, random, wire, fork, number, and two long LED Bits, plus various accessories. Students will deepen their coding skills with CSTA-aligned Computer Science subject matter and hone their creative design skills by adhering to National Core Art Standards.

 

Please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

 

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