littleBits has announced the littleBits STEAM Student Set, a toolbox designed with educators to engage students in powerful STEAM learning through invention. As STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education becomes a national priority following President Obama’s call to prepare 100,000 new and effective STEM teachers over the next decade and commitments of over $1 billion to STEM initiatives, the need for innovative educational tools is stronger than ever before. STEAM adds Art and Design to STEM studies, encouraging students to learn by inventing, creating and designing. With the littleBits STEAM Student Set and companion littleBits STEAM PD offering, educators now have a fun and exciting way to bring STEAM into their classrooms, libraries and makerspaces.
The littleBits STEAM Student Set engages a student’s natural love of play and curiosity through invention-based learning. Easy to scaffold, the toolbox supports learners in grades 3-8 with 19 Bits--littleBits’ electronic building blocks--and 38 accessories to bring buzzing, blinking and creative inventions to life. A littleBits Teacher’s Guide provides hours of detailed companion lessons, curricular connections, implementation strategies, and helpful tips, while a mobile app provides thousands more ideas for the classroom. A 72-page Student Invention Guide contains guided invention challenges with step-by-step instructions, from “Invent a Self-Driving Vehicle” to explore the concept of friction, to “Hack Your Habits,” which encourages students to track their habits and invent something to improve their daily lives. An Invention Log worksheet encourages student reflection and documentation, while a Curricular Crosswalk chart provides an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards, Grade Levels and Common Core Standards that can be met by, or extended to meet, specific STEAM Student Set Challenges. For example, when students are challenged to “Invent a Throwing Arm” with littleBits, they’ll experiment with forces of motion and simple machines, and will be asked to systematically document their progress with the littleBits Invention Log.
Following the success of the littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, littleBits turned its attention to education, aiming to address some of the challenges that educators and administrators were facing when trying to integrate STEAM into their classrooms. With over 12,000 educators and 2,200 schools using littleBits, the company designed the STEAM Student Set so that any educator, whether they have prior technical skills or not, could bring STEAM into their classroom in a fun and engaging way.
The littleBits STEAM Student Set is available to pre-order at littleBits.com/education and will be sold through education product retailers for $299.95.
Source: littleBits, littleBits.com