Teach Your Kids Electronics: LittleBits Legos for the iPad Generation…

Imagine a set of electronics that is as easy to play with as Lego. Introducing littleBits… a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together. Welcome to the new Legos for the iPad generation…

This is a toy that screams out to me not because of its educational value but because it is a toy that I would have loved as a child. Of course, being educational in nature is an added boon…

About littleBits

littleBits makes electronics accessible to everyone, even if they have no experience in engineering. Now littleBits can make electronics accessible to you kids. Through play and exploration, they invent and create, and while they are inventing and creating, they can learn how the electronics in the world around them works, for example, how their iPad touch screen works or how the elevator doors stay open, etc.

littleBits is an open-source library of color-coded electronic modules — miniscule circuit boards with specific functions, such as light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, motors and more — that snap together via tiny magnets in order to make larger circuits. There is no programming, wiring or soldering. These simple, intuitive blocks promote limitless experimentation, prototyping and learning.

“It’s more this idea of democratizing electronics and putting the power of electronics in everyone’s hands,” says founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir.

Make your own projects

This Chinese New Year, make your own flower lights…

Flower Garden

We need one of these in our home – a silencer that buzzes if the sound levels in a room get too loud….

Silencer

Make a flashlight so your kids can find their way to the bathroom at night!

Flashlight

Follow a lesson plan

Learn about bioluminescence and make your own bioluminescent sea creatures…

Bioluminescence

Available on Amazon

The Story Behind littleBits

Four years ago, littleBits was but a prototype Bdeir posted on her personal website. It was picked up by a friend, received some media attention, and soon she was receiving hundreds of pre-orders for a nonexistent product.

The company’s first seed round in September 2011 received $850K, led by investors including tech and open-source hardware pioneers Joi Ito and Nicholas Negroponte. The first kit was created and sold, and littleBits was officially up and running. Since then, littleBits has received more than $14 million in funding.

The New-York based startup has won 22 awards thus far and has grown to almost 30 employees. It currently offers 37 Bits modules, which are sold in nine different kits. To date, littleBits kits have been sold in 80 countries.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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