#News of the Bitosphere!
Pictured above is Chapter Leader, @Ksenia demonstrating “the education bit” :bitstar: with workshop participants from our Girls Learning littleBits Chapter from Calgary, Canada. “We provide fun, interactive coding workshops to inspire creativity in a collaborative environment. Our program experience will create a positive makerspace for the girls to tinker, bring their ideas to life and explore their inner geekiness.”
Invention Page Love
Check out these sweet new inventions!
Penny Controlled Car by dpathik. That’s right, control your BitBot with pennies via the Makey-Makey Bit. Let’s watch V. Desai demonstrate how it works:
Candy Machine by @Ksenia, Monica, and Lihn. We first saw this invention on Instagram, and we’re so glad Ksenia posted it to the invention page, because we wanted to know all the things!!! When you press a button, a servo opens a hatch to allow candy to come out of the hamster maze. YUM!
Congrats #AnimatronicsChallenge Winners!
We are SUPER impressed and excited by all the submissions to the February Challenge! Thanks to our judges Joey Mazzarino, Alex Pikkert @alexpikkert and Claire O’ Brien for taking the time to review all submissions and choose the winners. Congratulations to the makers of our two winning entries! Wow - so much movement and personality!!!
March Challenge: #InventForGood
- Invent a product that makes a difference in someone else’s life, then film a video telling us why it makes a difference. Post your invention to littlebits.cc/invent with #InventForGood in the title and YOU could be one of three Bitsters who will win superhero status and up to $200 in Bits! w00t!
Not sure what to make? Check out these resources to get you started:
- Blog Post: #InventForGood Challenge
- Pro Tips available here!
- Challenge FAQ
- Post your ideas, work in progress, questions and curiosities under the Invention Buzz section of the forum.
826NYC Event & Learnings
"littleBits partnered with 826NYC to host a workshop for 15 middle school students focused on technical reading and writing skills… We asked participants to build a monster for Goo York City. First we introduced the Bits, then brainstormed possible monsters. Once they had their ideas, it was time to start making… "
Read full article by @lizabits here: littleBits Takes Over 826NYC!
Share Your Event Story!
How did your event go? If you hosted an event, share your pics and tell us all about it! Share on social media with #littleBits and post what you learned on the forum, here: What learnings did you have from hosting your event?
- Remember to answer the 5 W’s: Who? What? When? Where? and Why?
Global Chapter Case Study
Look inside the Larchmont, NY littleBits Chapter
As part of a four part series, @nickweinberg is interviewing Chapter Leaders from around the world, featuring different types of spaces. This past week Nick interviewed Travis Sluss about his experiences at @Macinspires in Larchmont, NY and Greenwich, CT.
Travis had this to say about his return on investment with littleBits: “Having the Workshop Set and other bits available have allowed us to do countless classes within our spaces, local schools, libraries, customer’s homes and more. The investment in the materials have been made many, many times over. Even including the expense of teaching new instructors, littleBits has been a great source of education revenue for us. In addition, the classes assist us in selling the littleBits, we carry all kits and about two dozen individual bits.”
Read the full article: http://littlebits.cc/macinspires
Have a great week, Bitsters! Yes, we say it a lot, but that’s because it’s true: “We can’t wait to see what you make next!”