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Sphero has acquired LittleBits

Sphero has acquired LittleBits Sphero and Little Bits have long been kindred spirits in the world of entertaining STEM toys, and soon they’ll be one and the same. Sphero this morning announced plans to buy the New York-based electronic building block company. Founded in 2010 and 2011 respectively, Sphero (nee Orbotix) and […]

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Can robots find a home in the classroom?

Can robots find a home in the classroom? Jason Palmer Contributor Jason Palmer is a general partner at New Markets Venture Partners. He previously served as deputy director for Higher Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A few years ago, investors heralded the arrival of a future with robots in […]

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The ultimate guide to gifting STEM toys: tons of ideas for little builders

The ultimate guide to gifting STEM toys: tons of ideas for little builders The holiday season is here again, touting all sorts of kids’ toys that pledge to pack ‘STEM smarts’ in the box, not just the usual battery-based fun. Educational playthings are nothing new, of course. But, in recent years, long […]

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LittleBits acquires kids educational community DIY.co

LittleBits acquires kids educational community DIY.co LittleBits is making its first acquisition. The New York-based educational hardware company has agreed to acquire DIY.co, an educational social network for kids. Co-founded in 2011 by Vimeo’s Zach Klein, the San Francisco-based software startup is behind the DIY.org online community and jam.com, a subscription-based STEAM […]

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LittleBits enlists the Avengers for its latest kit

LittleBits enlists the Avengers for its latest kit Being a part of the Disney Accelerator is the gift that keeps on giving, apparently. After introducing R2-D2-hacking Droid Inventor Kit last year, LittleBits is back with a new kit featuring The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Iron Man is the real star of this one, […]

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Pearson is adding LittleBits kits to its STEM curriculum

Pearson is adding LittleBits kits to its STEM curriculum  Brooklyn-based startup LittleBits has worked hard to shake the “tech toy” label. While the company’s done a good job getting its kid-friendly engineering kits into the hands of schools, a new partnership with Pearson will certainly add an extra bit of legitimacy to the […]

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The littleBits Droid Inventor Kit lets you build an R2-D2 of your very own

The littleBits Droid Inventor Kit lets you build an R2-D2 of your very own  Ever wanted to build an R2-D2 to call your own? You could drop a few million dollars to get all the screen-used parts/props… Or you could spend a few weeks in the shop bangin’ on scrap metal to […]

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The LittleBits Code Kit is an easy way to play (and learn) with Arduino

The LittleBits Code Kit is an easy way to play (and learn) with Arduino  I’m not a fan of educational toys. They’re usually either too educational or too toy-like and, in the end, kids get little education and little fun. The Code Kit from LittleBits has changed my mind. The Code Kit […]

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