Continuing the discussion from littleBits Workshops Engage & Inspire! and Event Idea: littleBits Workshop about Diversity
Connecting circuits and emotions is a space of innovation that brings new ways of learning digital education, programming and robotics, from a human dimension and in relation to art.
The approach is based in the use of new technologies as a practical means of introducing computational thinking concepts, and developing socioemotional skills within a group of people.
This project aims to give an answer to a specific need to adapt classroom pedagogies to a constantly evolving digital culture, focusing on “making” to get students to find more meaning in their own learning.
I live in Argentina; a country full of talented people with an extreme fragile economy. In the last years, I’ve been sharing my passion for littleBits with lots of different people in lots of different contexts. I see littleBits as the best tool to bring electronics undestanding closer to anyone, and this urge for accessibility is what inspires me, and aligns me to littleBits mission.
Unfortunately, the price of this tool makes it privative to most of us, not only in Argentina, but in all the region. I always tend to get the same answer from educators: “I love littleBits, but I can’t bring it to my school because we can’t afford them”. I can’t stand this, because I want all kids from Latin America to have the same learning opportunities than kids from USA or Europe, and in today’s world that means having the same access to information and the best learning tools like littleBits.
That’s why I’ve been trying to invent a way in which we could stop seeing the world with a black or white perspective, and start thinking different. I want to offer the idea of using littleBits in a different way than is normally offered (that I’m sure is the best way to take full advantage of the product, but it’s not the best way for us). Instead of thinking one kit for 2 - 3 students, I believe in the idea of 1 Bit per student. And for getting some results with so few resources, we will have to learn about sharing, and adapting our creative desires to the materials available around us. So we can inspire a true generation of changemakers that one day will transform our economy, and buying educational kits wont be a problem anymore.
Well, this is what I’m up to now and I wanted to share it will all of you. Then, I will start sharing the methodological approach that I’m developing, and a few insights on the brand identity of this old new project.