Students were enthusiastic about problem solving using inputs, splitters and output devices from the littleBits kits. Students quickly learned that a pink input circuit was the key to getting their invention to work. They experimented with many different types of input circuits; light sensors, pressure switches, keyboard, dimmer switches and microphones.
Without using instructions the class quickly created a variety of technology devices for their own purposes. One student made a flashlight that would automatically go on when the lights went out. Another student created speakers to hook up to their iPad to play music.
Next steps: Now that the class has some experience using the littleBits, I can design challenges that they can work through. One of my favourite circuit challenges is to create a burglar alarm for a bedroom to ensure all their high tech equipment is not touched by a sibling.