NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--littleBits, the electronics company that empowers kids to be inventors, today announced updates to its Pro Library, a giant collection of Bits and accessories meant to fuel young inventors’ imaginations as they gain science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills. The Pro Library will now include new and improved Bits such as the codeBit, new and improved speaker Bit, and LED matrix, as well as enhanced accessories like new wheels and mounting boards.
The Pro Library helps students build thousands of inventions at libraries, makerspaces, and schools -- from huge installations to intricate inventions. Ideally suited for collaborative, project-based learning in groups of up to 32 kids, the Pro Library is currently in use at more than 10,000 locations globally. Updates to the collection will make it easier than ever for librarians, media specialists, and teachers to incorporate STEAM into unstructured learning programs.
“The Pro Library increases student participation and engagement,” said Jorge Valenzuela, lead educational coach for Lifelong Learning Defined, Inc. “It integrates seamlessly with the other tools we use to teach both computer science education and STEAM, and it is accessible to kids of all knowledge levels. By adding new Bits and accessories, littleBits is demonstrating its commitment to expanding kids’ invention potential.”
To make implementation easy, the Pro Library now comes with an online resource page for educators that includes implementation guides, invention booklets, case studies showcasing best practices, posters, and more. To help students immediately start inventing, littleBits has also included a comprehensive Bit Index, including sample circuits and real world analogies for each Bit in the updated Pro Library package.
“By the eighth grade, girls’ interest in STEAM drops significantly, making it important to expose them to science, technology, engineering, art, and math early and often,” said Dr. Azi Jamalian, head of education strategy at littleBits. “To do this, we’ve collaborated with libraries, makerspaces, and schools to create spaces – and a product – that kids want to use. Continued refinements to our Pro Library offering ensure that kids have the tools they need to build, create, and imagine.”
For more information, visit www.littleBits.com/education.
littleBits empowers kids around the world to become inventors. Founded in 2011 by Ayah Bdeir, its innovative platform of easy-to-use electronic blocks allows anyone to create and prototype with electronics, independent of age, gender or technical ability. As the leader in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) learning, littleBits believes in creating the conditions of invention by creating products that encourage self-directed exploration and problem solving; supporting grit and tenacity; and creating a safe place to experience both failure and accomplishment. The company is dedicated to successfully bridging the gender gap with its gender-neutral platform, attracting an industry-high thirty five percent of young girls to invent with littleBits. By embracing STEAM, both girls and boys can invent solutions to the problems that matter to them. The company’s products have won over 150 industry awards in the toy and education industries. littleBits is headquartered in New York. For more information and inspiration, go to www.littleBits.com.