A few weeks back we went to a “Little Bits” workshop at QUT.
Little Bits are electronic building blocks
that snap together magnetically.
We own “Snap Circuits” sets (also called “Brainboxes”)
but Little Bits are a step up in complexity
(and a jump up in price too).
The workshop set the students a number of challenges
that increased in complexity
throughout the morning.
Little Bits also differ from Snap Circuits
in that they can be used in conjunction
with other items
to invent gadgets.
I think this makes Little Bits a more versatile tool.
One of the challenges that was set for the students
was to create a device
that could grab an object like a pencil.
This is what our group of boys came up with.
Another challenge the boys were given
was to use recyclable items
to create a satellite dish
that would work in conjunction
with their Little Bit configuration
to convert sound to light
to travel across a distance to their dish
and then bounce to their receiver
which would convert the light back into sound.
It’s simpler than it sounds
…at least that’s what the kids said.
Before long the kids had “We Will Rock You”
blaring out of their “Little Bit” speaker.
My boys thoroughly enjoyed this workshop
We might just have to invest in a set