Winter is in full swing, and it seems like everything fun has had to go inside. Between the weather and the early sunsets, there are a lot more days with indoor recess and a lot fewer options for playing outside after school. These littleBits kits will guarantee that your students won’t miss out on using their imaginations, having fun, and working together, even if they are playing inside. littleBits kits keep students entertained and engaged, while also teaching STEM fundamentals. Engineering for KidsⓇ says “STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. “ Even if your students choose non-STEM paths in their futures, the frameworks and problem-solving approaches they learn with the littleBits kits will be invaluable
What is a Bit?
littleBits kits are centered around bits, building blocks that can be combined with each other to make inventions, devices, and games. Magnets ensure that circuits are properly linked, and bits are color coded according to their purpose. All bits are reusable, so students can tinker with them and come up with new ideas.
Promevo’s Top littleBits Kits
We love the way littleBits fuses fun and accessible learning, and we are proud to carry our favorite kits.
This kit is a great first step for learning about current and conductivity. The Rule Your Room Kit is focused on the Makey Makey Bit, a device that lets conductive objects- like your arm, a pencil, or even the class pet!- control your circuit-based inventions. Other bits include a buzzer, sound trigger, dimmer, and servo motor. This kit has won more than a dozen awards and gift guides, including Good Housekeeping’s Best Tech Toy of 2016! Rule Your Room comes with eight inventions, but thousands more are available online and on the app.
Suggested age: 8+
littleBits partnered with Korg, a globally-renowned electrical instrument manufacturer, for the perfect mash-up of art and science! Students will connect bits together with a keyboard, sequencer, oscillators, and filters to learn the science of sound. Then they can jam out on a keytar, or start their DJ career with a Synth Spin Table! Pitchfork says “The Synth Kit’s modules are radically simple. . . [this] makes things easier (and more fun) for the novice user.”
Suggested age: 14+
It’s never too early to teach the fundamentals of coding. littleBits makes it so easy that even a teacher without prior computer science experience can lead these modules! This collection utilizes Blockly, a visually-based Google platform that lets users drag and drop prewritten code sections. This is then sent to the CodeBit and used in student inventions. The Code Kit leads classes through coding basic projects with littleBit’s signature Lego-esque visual instruction manuals. Further, it helps them produce their own inventions by encouraging using the fundamentals they learned to design new projects.
Suggested age: grades 3-8
Teach your students the principles of engineering and design with this Student STEAM set. STEAM Kit also teaches the elements of prototyping, by not only giving students four concrete challenges, like “Invent a Throwing Arm” and “Invent a Security Device”, but then goes into student-lead projects like “Hack your Habits”, “Invent for Good” and “Chain Reaction Contraption”. The Student STEAM Kit is aligned with NGSS and Common Core standards and includes a guide for teachers to increase tech literacy in their students. By using real-world analogies, students can clearly see how what they are learning applies outside the classroom.
Suggested ages: grades 3-8
The littleBits Workshop Set is the big kahuna of littleBits kits. With eight sets of 20 user favorites, you get an incredible 160 bits and 178 accessories! The large array of pieces and potential projects make this collection ideal for a Makerspace, after-school program, or library. With a ton of bits and storage space, students will be able to let their imaginations go wild while improving their STEM, design, and prototyping skills.
Suggested ages: 14+
Even if your students are indoors, they don’t have to be stuck inside. littleBits kits will make sure your class is having so much fun they’ll cheer next time they have indoor recess.
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