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LittleBits Technology Kits - South Gippsland Bass Coast LLEN
In partnership with South Gippsland Trade Skills Alliance, SGBCLLEN has been providing access to LittleBits Kits to several schools including Leongatha, Foster and Korumburra Primary Schools. This initiative is part of a broader program to encourage students interest n digital learning technologies and electronics. Littlebits technology kits are composed of electronic building blocks that are color coded, magnetic and make complex technology simple and fun. Together they’re interchangeable in millions of different ways to empower kids to invent anything – from an alarm, to a wireless robot, to digital instruments. A pilot program was run at Korumburra Primary school where students were introduced to circuits and presented with design challenges. At Foster Primary School the kits were used for a lunchtime Robotics Class on Wednesdays and Fridays. Feedback from Foster Primary School: “We explored the different Bits and what they could be used for; worked out the principles of a simple circuit and designed small machines in response to a given situation (e.g “I need an alarm to tell me when someone opens my bag”). Students were also given free play time to build as they wished. A mixture of alternating “free build” and design brief based sessions seemed to get students most engaged while building their knowledge of what the kits could achieve”. Jessica Hutchinson Teacher, Foster Primary School