We’ve been working with Little Bits frequently this summer for various projects. In case you missed our last blog post, Little Bits is a company that sends electronic modules that snap together with magnets. Some of the children decided that they wanted to make their rocket ships spin.
Daunting task, huh? Well, the children didn’t think so. They searched the Internet, found the project, and immediately began following the directions provided. They began by measuring the length of the wire and were challenged by the concept of creating a 3-dimensional rocket ship. This project has been ongoing and we’ll update it accordingly.
So far the children have created the rocket ships using various materials including wire, cardboard, paper, hot glue, and a lot of creativity. Right now they’re working together on a way to connect the wire to the board so that it will spin evenly and independently.
This project allows children to work on their problem solving skills, teamwork, mathematics, science, and allows for a healthy dose of creativity. Our goal with this project is to allow children to tap into their creativity while using electronic materials. The world is based on technological advances, instant communication, and innovative ideas. In order to become fully developed members of society, children need to experiment, explore, and invent with technology!
This project also allows children to express themselves in a different way, take some control over the direction of their learning, and fostered problem solving among peers.
The most amazing part of this project is that we simply presented the materials to the children. They are the ones who figured out what materials we would need, designed the layout, connected the circuits and figured out the problems that occurred along the way. We didn’t give them a step-by-step worksheet that required a certain process. They did this on their own!