On a recent post in her blog, Shaping Youth founder Amy Jussel shares her impressions of a couple of STEM-centric toys showcased at the Maker Faire. Specifically, Little Bits grabbed -- and held -- the interest of young kids.
Little Bits (dubbed "LEGOs for the iPad generation") enables children to create working circuits without soldering, programming, or wiring. Using the components and buildables, including dimmer, buzzer, light sensor, etc), kids can create almost anything they can imagine.
"We now live in a world that is full of lights and sounds and things reacting to each other, and screens, and we don’t understand the guts of it," said Little Bits founder Ayah Bdeir. "It’s very important for us to go back to basics, to see, and to say that the magic of electricity is something that is everywhere that’s around us—it’s beautiful and we have to contribute to it and we have to be creative with it."