According a Kaiser Foundation study conducted in 2010, children between the ages of eight and 18 spend an average of 7 hours 38 minutes a day with digital media.
Bill Gates started hacking computers at age 13. At just 10 years old, Mark Zuckerburg created a home network. And, Steve Jobs started tinkering with electronics before he even started grade school. What do all of these men have in common? They all created products of technology (Windows, Facebook, Apple) that our students spend 7 hours a day using.
Our students love these technologies…but how many of them know how they really work?
Through a generous grant funding from BOSCH and the Lake MI STEM Hub, Kent ISD was enabled to develop a library of littleBits electronics learning tools. What are littleBits? “littleBits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower you to invent anything, from your own remote controlled car, to a smart home device. The Bits snap together with magnets, no soldering, no wiring, no programming needed.” (http://littlebits.cc/)
On March 9th and again on May 9th, Kent ISD will hold a workshop called “STEM Thinking: 100 Fun Lessons with littleBits.” Attendees will have fun while experimenting with various circuits, sensors, apps, power sources, and tools to create solutions to modern day problems with these kits.
With littleBits you can engage your students in critical thinking, the engineering process, and the internet of things. Over 100 lessons for classroom use around design thinking, engineering, and core content standards will be shared.
Join us on May 9th. Learn to use this amazing tool and how use them in your classroom!
PS: Tell your admin we will even pay for the sub!
This post was written by Amanda Walma Professional Learning Coordinator and Ebiri Nkugba, STEM Consultant at Kent ISD.