Learn how to integrate littleBits into your STEM/STEAM program with unique, hands-on lesson plans that align to NGSS for grades 3-6. This workshop will consist of a short lecture, hands-on demonstrations and project builds that will inspire the creation of lesson plans relevant to your classroom. Participants will learn how to use littleBits, a 21st-century STEM/STEAM hardware tool, to create circuits in seconds. Participants will be paired up to engage in open exploration of the tool, create engineering design projects using the littleBits Invention Cycle and then explore lesson plans. The applications and functionality of littleBits can be adapted for one’s own field of expertise, so each participant will leave the workshop with an idea of how to relate this tool to their own classroom. Participants will receive feedback and guidance from peers and instructors. No prior experience with littleBits is required.
littleBits is a New York-based education startup that invented the electronic building block. These magnetic “Bits” snap together to turn ideas into inventions. With open-and-go lessons for the classroom, inventing becomes a snap for students and their teachers to inspire a deep appreciation for STEAM. Each attendee will take home two Hall of Fame kits of their own for ongoing inventing!
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 26, 2019
|Audience||Grade 3-8 classroom teachers and specialists|
|Level||Beginner – Advanced|
|Instructor||Erin Mulcahy, littleBits|
|Date||October 3, 2019|
|Time||4:00 PM – 6:30 PM|
|Location||EDCO Collaborative, 36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730|
|MassCUE Member Cost||FREE|
|Non-Member Cost||Join MassCUE ($40 yearly membership that includes other benefits)|
|Note about non-member rate||Consider joining MassCUE for $40 so you can take advantage of this opportunity, as well as other MassCUE membership benefits throughout the year, such as member-rate for workshops, free membership to Hoonuit and to MassCUE Learning Tours.|
Erin Mulcahy is a scientist by training, having received her bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s in conservation biology. She also has a background in education and international development. As one of the founding members of the littleBits team, Erin loves working with littleBits’ global network of educators to share their passion for learning and creativity.
This course supports the following Next Generation Science Standards:
- 3-5-ETS1-3 Engineering Design: Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
- To meet this standard, students are explicit about the need or want being designed for, and call it such, as well as criteria for success and constraints of materials, time, cost etc. that they’re willing to work within.
- MS-ETS1-3: Engineering Design: Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solutions to better meet the criteria for success.
- To meet this standard, students test their prototypes and make improvements. Set all but one variable as fixed, and change just one parameter in attempts to maximize the agreed upon criterion for success. Students may also be allowed to “borrow” the best aspects from one another’s designs during this process.
- Students will need to fill out information in the Remix section of the Invention Log (pg. 11 and 12) every time a variable is changed and tested.
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BitCamp: Design thinking & creative tinkering with STEAM lessons built-in!
October 3, 2019
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
36 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford, MA 01730