Sphero  

Boulder,  CO 
United States
http://www.sphero.com
  • Booth: 3231

Using hardware, software, and content, littleBits is transforming the way kids learn so they can grow up to be tomorrow’s changemakers - no matter their age, gender, race, nationality, or ability. The company’s magnetic “Bits” snap together to turn ideas into inventions and its online learning community, DIY, teaches kids to turn passions into creative skills. Almost 40% of the kids using littleBits kits are girls, which is four times the industry average. A STEAM leader at home, in the classroom, and in afterschool maker spaces, littleBits has sold millions of kits in over 70 countries. Online, more than 1.5 million student-led projects have been uploaded to the DIY community in subjects such as machines, science and robotics.


 Show Specials

  • Giveaway information: 
    At FETC, littleBits education will host “A Kit a Day Giveaway," which will give three lucky participants a chance to win a STEAM Student Set or Code Kit on Jan 28th, 29th and 30th. To participate, simply visit our booth (Booth #3231) and fill out a form for a chance to win. Only one form needed to enter the giveaway. One winner will be chosen at random at 6PM each day. All winners will be notified by email. 
     
    Rules/Participant Criteria:
    • Must fill out a form at the littleBits booth (Booth #3231)
    • Must follow @littleBits on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram
    • Giveaway is only open to U.S. shipping addresses
    Where to find littleBits at FETC
    To see a live demonstration of littleBits, and to learn more about how littleBits is helping educators around the world teach design, engineering, and coding skills in today’s digital classroom, attendees can visit booth #3231.

 Press Releases

  • Multi-School District Event in New York Elevates Districts’ Understanding of 21st Century Skills Necessary for Student Success, Features Keynotes Ayah Bdeir, Founder at littleBits, and Eric Sheninger, Bestselling Author on Digital Learning

     

    New YorkJanuary 17, 2019 littleBits, an educational technology company that is reinventing the way kids learn, will be a featured participant at the multi-district Hudson Valley County Summit, the largest educational development workshop in New York, taking place January 28, 2019.

     

    The summit, dubbed Mission 2031, will be hosted by Port Jervis City School District at Port Jervis High School in New York. It will connect more than 700 educators and administrators from over 20 New York school districts to the best practices and skills that will help them meet the physical, social-emotional, and academic needs of their students this year and beyond.

     

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in STEM currently make up 6.2 percent of all U.S. employment -- boasting wages above the national average and demonstrating above-average growth,” said Nick Pantaleone, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Port Jervis City School District. “That’s why we’ve committed, through Mission 2031, to expand and evaluate educational technology opportunities for all students. Transformational tools, like littleBits’ electronic building blocks, transform the way that students learn, boost their engagement through hands-on learning with a connection to the physical world, and more.”

     

    Keynotes at the summit will include Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO at littleBits, and bestselling author Eric Sheninger. Bdeir will discuss reinventing modern education through play to prepare our students for the future, while Sheninger will address how to implement technology in meaningful ways. Following the keynotes there will be an interactive panel where attendees may discuss STEM skills and strategies with Bdeir and Sheninger.

     

    “littleBits works with school districts across the country to ensure that technology is being used in the best way possible to improve the way students learn in the classroom,” said Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO at littleBits. “It’s inspiring to see how New York is revolutionizing the way elementary and middle school students are taught to problem solve through hands-on building, creating, and coding, which will shape the way think about the world.”

     

    Mission 2031 will also include an exhibit area featuring exhibitors such as littleBits, Action Based Learning, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Department of Homeland Security, Orange County Department of Health, Healthy Orange Schools and Communities, and New York State Troopers -- each committed to the health and wellbeing of students. In addition, supplemental workshops will take place to assist administrators and educators with curriculum mapping and continued professional development related to the rollout of the Next Generation Learning Standards and instructional technology.

     

    About littleBits

     

    Using hardware, software, and content, littleBits is transforming the way kids learn so they can grow up to be tomorrow’s changemakers -- no matter their age, gender, race, nationality, or ability. The company’s magnetic “Bits” snap together to turn ideas into inventions and its online learning community, DIY, teaches kids to turn passions into creative skills. Almost 40 percent of the kids using littleBits kits are girls, which is four times the industry average.

     

    A STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) leader at home and in the classroom, littleBits has sold millions of kits in over 70 countries. Online, more than 1.5 million student-led projects are uploaded to DIY in subjects ranging from machines, science, robotics, and more.

     

    For more information, please visit www.littleBits.com.

     

    CONTACT: Allie VanNest

    Head of Communications for littleBits

    press@littlebits.com


 Products

  • littleBits Steam Student Set
    This littleBits education kit is the easiest way to integrate powerful STEM/STEAM learning into your classroom. It includes everything you need to engage up to 3 students and develop their 21st-century skills - including 20+ hours of lessons!...

  • Designed with educators, the Steam Student Set is a toolbox that engages students through invention-based learning while linking to NGSS/Common Core standards. 

    • littleBits is a system of electronic building blocks that snap together to turn ideas into inventions.
    • These easy-to-use electronic building blocks snap together with magnets empowering kids to create inventions, large and small.
    • Each color-coded Bit has a specific function (e.g. lights, sensors, motors, inputs, and outputs) and is modular and reusable for an infinite number of inventions.
    • Comes with 19 Bits including power, light sensor, temperature sensor, motors, buzzer, LED, button, fan, number, dimmer, pulse, and more; 40 Accessories including wheels, mounting boards, mechanical arms, screws, battery, magnet shoes, & more.
    • Gain full access to an abundance of educator resources with the kit- over 20 hours of curriculum, a teacher's guide, professional development and so much more! 
    • Learn engineering design cycle – create, play, remix, share
    • Gain creative confidence and 21st century skills: critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving skills
  • littleBits Code Kit
    Finally! A resource-rich intro to coding in the classroom that's easy to teach & engages students through an activity they love: making and playing games....

  • The littleBits Code Kit combines electronic building blocks with approachable drag-and-drop Google Blockly programming, providing a foundation of coding as a creative tool that can power real world inventions.

    • Build a programmable device by snapping together electronic building blocks; code stories, animations, music, and games using free drag and drop block-based coding software; upload your code onto your device; and start playing!
    • The easy-to-use electronic building blocks snap together with magnets empowering kids to build programmable devices they could code
    • Each color-coded Bit has a specific function (e.g. lights, sensors, LED display, speaker, etc) and is reusable for infinite number of inventions
    • Learn fundamental coding concepts: inputs & outputs, loops, logic, variables, and functions
    • Learn what’s “inside the machine” and how it connects to the software
    • Gain free access to an abundance of resources- 20+ hours of curriculum, customizable lesson plans, implementation tips, & assessment tools all aligned to NGSS & Computer Science standards
    • Free onboarding online Professional Development. Easy to teach with no prior STEM/STEAM experience