Makerspace Starter: littleBits™ Building Centers

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Description

Want your students to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills while having fun and being creative? Start a makerspace!

A makerspace (also called a maker space, hackerspace or fab lab) is where students can create, think, problem-solve and have fun. To get an idea of what that can look like in a library or school, watch this littleBitsintroduction video or look up Maker Faire on YouTube. After watching a few of the videos, you’ll get an idea of what the movement is about.

This product is for using littleBits™ electronic circuit kits as part of a library center or classroom center to experiment with electricity and circuits, as well as to create something new with electronics inside it.

Product Contents:

ALL FILES ARE EDITABLE in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx file formats) unless otherwise noted as as PDF file only.

  • Center signage with "I can" statements
  • Lesson plan for littleBits™ makerspace center
  • Suggested materials list to get your makerspace started
  • Printable 2” x 4” stickers to identify containers/bags of in-progress student projects (PDF file only)
  • Blank task cards for project directions
  • Clipboard sheets to track student progress
  • Link to FREE littleBits101 task cards available in my TpT Store

LittleBits™ sells a commercially available electronic circuit kit that this bundle is based on, but there are other similar kits suggested in the teachers’ notes (see preview file). I *strongly* recommend using a kit if you want to include electronic pieces as part of your makerspace. It’s perfectly acceptable to omit electronics, though, if you would rather focus on the low-tech, crafts part of “making.”

If you aren’t sure about whether or not a makerspace is right for your library, school, or classroom, I recommend downloading the preview and reading my makerspace blog posts for more information.

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21 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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