littleBits are electronic building blocks – called Bits – that snap together with magnets to create circuits. Each Bit is color-coded by its function (power, input, output, and logic) in the circuit, providing a simple and intuitive user experience. In addition, all Bits are compatible with each other, allowing countless creative possibilites.
This code-based learning kit contains three littleBits Code Kits for a total of 60 Bits, 78 accessories, free desktop app, and online tutorials, handouts, and tips and tricks pages. Whether working alone or in small groups of 2-3, kids will be engaged in computational thinking through building circuits and programming. They will get a hands-on understanding of "what's inside the machine" and how it connects to the software.
*Computers are required to run the free desktop app. Download the free desktop app at https://littlebits.com/pages/code-kit-download.
3rd - 8th Grade
*Choking Hazard – Not for children ages 0-3
- Bits (15 unique; 60 total)
- Power Bits (blue)
- a21 Powersnap (9)
- p3 USB Power (3)
- Input Bits (pink)
- Wire Bits (orange)
- w1 Wire (9)
- w2 Branch (3)
- w26 CodeBit (3) & a29 CodeBit Dongle (3)
- Output Bits (green)
- Power Bits (blue)
- Accessories (10 unique; 78 total)
- Resource Binder
- Code Kit Bit Index Book (3) (also available online)
- Implementation Checklist (also available online)
- Debugging Checklist – Reference sheet for fixing your connection, circuit, or code. (also available online)
- Kit Organization Diagram – Reference sheet for storing the Bits and accessories in your Kit. (also available online)
- Pixel Art Template – Save time by drafting image ideas for the LED matrix here. (also available online)
Online Resources Available Online
- Free Desktop App Download
- Teacher Tools
- Implementation Checklist (included in Resource Binder)
- Introduction: Hello World – Explore little Bits basics and inventing with the Code Kit app.
- Tutorial 1: Inputs and Outputs – Use inputs and outputs to control image, sound, and motion.
- Tutorial 2: Loops – Use loops to make animations.
- Tutorial 3: Logic – Use conditional logic to program rules into games.
- Tutorial 4: Variables – Create and use image, number, and coordinates variables.
- Tutorial 5: Functions – Create unique code blocks to level-up a game.
- Invention 1: Ultimate Shootout – Create and code a score tracking game.
- Invention 2: Hot Potato...of Doom! – Put a new spin on a traditional game.
- Invention 3: Rockstar Guitar – Create an easy-to-use instrument.
- Invention 4: Tug of War – Improve a dynamic 2-player game with functions
- Challenge: Change the World Arcade – Design a game to tackle a community issue.
- Code Kit Tools: Handouts
- Debugging Checklist – Reference sheet for fixing your connection, circuit, or code. (included in Resource Binder)
- Code Master Workbook – Student log and assessment tool that supports the Code Tutorials.
- Code Kit Invention Log – Student log and assessment tool that supports the Invention Cycle.
- Feedback Chart – Framework for providing constructive peer-to-peer feedback.
- Pixel Art Template – Save time by drafting image ideas for the LED matrix here. (included in Resource Binder)
- Code Certificate – Celebrate accomplishments with this customizable certificate.
- Kit Organization Diagram – Reference sheet for storing the Bits and accessories in your Kit. (included in Resource Binder)
- Debugging Code Kit
All Bits and accessories are organized into a tackle box.
This STEM Kit was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.