Introduction to littleBits Basics


Introduction to littleBits

Students explore littleBits basics to build up their familiarity with the Bits and then engage in short rounds of mini-­challenges to gain confidence and spark their imagination while playing with littleBits.

GRADE LEVEL

Middle School (ages 11-13)

DIFFICULTY

Beginner

SUBJECT

Engineering
Robotics

MODULES & ACCESSORIES USED (62)

fan (1)
slide dimmer (1)
buzzer (1)
usb power (1)
long led (1)
light sensor (1)
button (1)
power (1)
pulse (1)
rgb led (1)
servo (1)
fork (1)
inverter (1)
screwdriver (2)
motorMate (4)
Servo Accessories (1)
Shoes (Hook & Loop) (12)
Shoes (Magnet) (12)
temperature sensor (1)
number (1)
battery + cable (1)
USB Power Adapter + Cable (1)
wire (Individual) (2)
wheel (2)
servo mount (1)
mechanical arm (3)
servo hub (1)
Mounting Board 8×7 (2)
DC motor o25 (2
Tackle Box (1)

LESSON GUIDE

STEP 1 : Set Up

Set up the kits for amount of students that are present.

STEP 2 : Introduction

Explain to students that they are going to begin experimenting and investigating with circuits to better understand how these electronics work. The tool that they’ll be using is called littleBits. Show what littleBits are in a video.

STEP 3 : Explanation

Explaining the names and functions of each of the bits, what each color means, how to connect the bits together the right way, how the flow of energy works, the order in which to start any project.

STEP 4 : Follow Along

Demonstrate while explaining by creating a simple circuit. Have students follow along with how you create the circuit.

STEP 5 : Recreate

Have students recreate the circuit they just made on their own without any instructions.

STEP 6 : Practice

Have each student create a LED slide dimmer circuit by following the instructions in the book or following along with your demonstration.

STEP 7 : Remix

Students Remix the circuit using other parts

STEP 8 : Clean Up

Students clean up and organize the circuits