A blog from the Ontario Library Service

STEM and STEAM programming for newbies, with littleBits!

RYRHave you had a chance to play with littleBits yet?  It’s a system of electronic building blocks that snap together to “turn ideas into inventions”.  (For more on how it all works, here’s a short TED talk on littleBits).

Here’s what makes them ideal for both staff and patrons exploring STEM and STEAM:

  • Magnetic – The bits snap together with magnets , making them easy for little hands (and not so little ones, too!)
  • Modular – Every Bit works with every other Bit, even across kits
  • Colour-coded – Each Bit is color-coded by its function (power, input, output, wire) in the circuit.  This makes combining the bits very straightforward.

Through B & B Education, SOLS offers a number of kits, each of which can build many projects.  Our aim is to give libraries “GREAT IDEAS FOR UNDER $1,000” that you can use in multiple programs and makerspaces.  Want to help kids  invent a mini, self-driving vehicle?  Or create a chain reaction machine for some Rube Goldberg shenanigans?  The littleBits STEAM student set does this and 6 other projects, with step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow.  And if you want to extend the power of your kits, you can always download the littleBits Invent app, linking you to thousands of inventions, challenges, and tutorials from the world wide littleBits community.

Join us for a free webinar with Max Ringelheim, Channel Account Manager at littleBits.  He’ll walk us thorough the basics, and pinpoint kits at price points that smaller libraries can afford.

Engaging STEAM & Coding Programs For Your Library With littleBits
November 1, 2018
10:00 A.M- 10:30 A.M.