The Kit-ifying Education of Superstorm Sandy | Wired Opinion | | Creativity and learning |
The storm slammed those of us living on the East Coast with a simple truth: Nature is more powerful than people, and technology is no match.


Manhattan-based littleBits, which makes an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets, hosted a workshop asking “Why Did The Lights Go Out?” The goal was simple: Engage kids in play-and-prototyping to help them answer the question.


The idea was to help the kids – who had all experienced to various degrees the what of Sandy – to understand the why and the how of the events. Oh, and to get them familiar with littleBits’ product while they were at it. An opportunistic move, certainly, but a pretty ingenious one: get kids to use kits to learn through play. As MIT’s Michael Schrage noted in an essay on kit culture in Make magazine, “talented amateurs don’t just build kits; kits help build talented amateurs.”


In this case, the talented amateurs ranged between five and ten years old. After all, it’s never too early to start.