First Charleston Chapter Event

The first LittleBits Charleston Chapter event will take place Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Barnes & Nobles in West Ashley, SC.
I will have 3 STEAM Student Sets, 2 Gizmos and Gadgets and 2 Synth Sets. My goal is to introduce LittleBits and MaKey MaKey to the folks who show up.
Over the years doing STEAM/STEM events and fairs I have met hundreds of kids and adults who are eager to explore new ways of doing things. For some its building a game controller and playing Super Mario on Scratch for others its playing music with Play-do. Then there are those who want to figure out how things work. For them the process is more important than what one does with the “thing”.
For me the most amazing thing is soaking in all these different approaches to learning and experiencing the world as they see it.
Cant wait …
Use the comment section to share any experiences you have had hosting/visiting events. Suggestions are always welcome!

LittleBits Charleston Chapter Event, Come and Join Us!

LittleBits Charleston Chapter Event, Come and Join Us!

No More Snapping!

As I was getting ready for my first LittleBits Chapter meeting next Saturday May 14, I came upon a fix for a challenge that has been plaguing me since I started exploring the "Bit" world.
Snapping the circuits onto the mounting boards has proven to be a very frustrating and disheartening experience. Once the circuits are assembled the instructions say …”Then, press onto mounting board.”
After many attempts (and almost breaking a Bit) I decided to try something different…
-Using elastic bands to keep the bits on the board. (bad idea)
-Using two sided tape…(bad idea)
I took a break ….
Came back and decided to invert the whole design. The DC motors snap on just fine so I did that and placed the rest of the circuit on the other side of the mounting board using a few well placed glue dots….
It Worked!!!!!
Plus I got a cool reversible Bit Bot that flips on its axis.
So here is my advice to anyone who is having trouble with the mounting boards. Use glue dots on the other side!
And no more snapping!
Please share suggestions or frustartions in the comment section below.

DC motors on the "snapping side"

DC motors on the "snapping side"

Circuit and battery attached to the "other side" with glue dots!

Circuit and battery attached to the "other side" with glue dots!

LittleBits + Rainy Days = ?

Just spent a week in the mountains, Saluda to be precise. Waterfalls, zip-lines and wildflowers...
Slow (very slow) internet has its benefits, as do rainy days. One kept us away from the screens the other led me to my Gizmos and Gadgets, and Synth LittleBits kits.
The Synth kit is my default simply because I am a musician and love experimenting with sounds and effects. As a classical guitarist with an affinity for Bartok, Bach, Josquin and Steve Reich I find the world of synthesizers rewarding and intriguing.
So onto the "other kit". Opening the Gizmos and Gadgets kit brought me back to my childhood days, opening a Revell airplane kit with my dad. "How will this ever come together?!"
I tend to shy away from step by step instructions, but I allowed myself the comfort of doing so with LittleBits, putting together a few simple circuits….
To be continued

Model 01