Inspire the Youngins this Summer with littleBits

light sensor and other modules as describedIt’s summer time in the northern hemisphere and all of the little munchkins have detailed plans on how to spend their vacation. These plans include sleeping in, eating cocoa puffs in front of the TV watching The Price is Right and maybe fill out the afternoon playing video games. If you’re lucky they will work in an impromptu soccer game outdoors to get some fresh air and exercise. This sounds like a grand plan but about a week later their brains have turned to mush and they’re whining about being bored. And there’s our problem to be solved.

Enter littleBits from littlebits.cc. Think of littleBits as a cross between Heathkit and Lego. littleBits are these little bitty modular components that you stick together with their built in magnets to create circuits that do something. Let’s start with the simplest example. Hook a 9 volt battery up to the power switch (using a standard 9-volt connector). Then stick a motor module to it. Turn on the switch, and the motor turns. Yay – our first circuit! It’s literally as simple as that to get started. No soldering, no wiring, just click the components together and see what happens.
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