What is littleBits? littleBits makes an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun.
How does it work? These tiny circuit-boards with specific functions work like LEGO™ in that kids or adults can put them together to create all sorts of fun things like robots, night lights, spinning wheels, and more -- no soldering, no wiring, and no programming required!
How do you join in the fun? littleBits is built on a community of sharing templates and plans for the creations. Members upload photos & videos of final products. You can build your own thing that lights, twists, bends, or blinks, and post your own creation template, videos, or photos!
For some of our favorites at The Grommet, here is a roundup of four creations shared in the littleBits community:
Klan and his son Zach designed the sign in TinkerCAD and 3D printed it. Then they built the light-up stand out of Legos and and littleBits.
Parts Used: 1 bargraph, 1 dimmer, 1 LED, 1 power, 1 RGB LED, 1 wire
Tools & Materials: Legos, MakerBot
Hiromi created this contraption’s lights to turn from red to green, have the gate open, and the buzzer sound when a car passes over the pressure sensor.
Parts Used: 1 buzzer, 1 inverter, 1 power, 1 pressure sensor, 1 RGB LED, 1 servo
Tools & Materials: 1 cardboard, 1 plastic ball, 1 plastic cup, 1 straw, 1 wood stick
Five-year-old Riley created a race car using Legos, pipe cleaners, and foam. He used littleBits to make the car move and race off to the finish line.
Parts Used: 2 dc motor, 1 fork, 1 power, 1 pulse, 2 wire
Tools & Materials: 4 foam for wheels, legos, 1 pipe cleaner
littleBits shares how to create a fun accessory if you’re going to a party.
Parts Used: 1 light wire, 1 power, 1 sound trigger
Tools & Materials: 1 screwdriver, 1 rubber band
To create any of these or other fun projects, grab either of these kits to start:
littleBits Base Electronics Kit ($99.95), littleBits Deluxe Electronics Kit ($199.95) -- These fun and engaging kits let you get hands on with circuits and everyday materials. The Base Kit comes with 10 color-coded Bits modules and the Deluxe Kit comes with 18. The Bits modules snap together with magnets to create larger circuits, providing over 150,000 possible circuit combinations.
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