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Site: High School Moodle
Course: Mobile Transformation Lab
Book: Electronics
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Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 1:38 PM

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Little Bits

What are littleBits?  Thy are color-coded Bits™ where each has a specific function (i.e.. motion, lights, sound, sensors, internet connectivity), and all the Bits snap together with magnets to make larger circuits. Building circuits is simple and intuitive, allowing students to create powerful, sophisticated electronics in a matter of seconds. With an ever-expanding library of Bits, educators and students can grow their collection and engage in increasingly complex projects as their understanding of the system and Bits grows.

For Little Bits on a budget here is DIY Little Bits.Lessons

LHSN does littleBits


Engineering + Art + Music!!!

Lesson Plan 

Draw + Audio = Drawdio

Instructables Directions -

Directions to building your own Drawdio Musical Pencil!


The MaKeyMaKey is a two-sided circuit board. On the more simple, top side, the MaKey MaKey has 6-inputs: the up/down/left/right arrow keys, as well as the space bar and mouse left click:

Top of board, explained

Each of those inputs as well as the very important “Earth bar” are available in the form of what I like to call “alligator-bait” connectors. You’ll use the included alligator clip cables to clip right into the hole pairs. This will all be made much more clear in the next section. For now, let’s keep summarizing your MaKey MaKey.

It’s an invention kit that encourages people to find creative ways to interact with their computers, by using every day objects as a replacement for keyboards and mice. With the MaKey MaKey, you could replace your space key with a banana, use play-doh to move and click your mouse, or high-five your best friend to advance PowerPoint slides.


Example Projects

Sometimes following by example is the best way to learn. If you’re not sure where to start with the MaKey MaKey, give these examples a look-over. I hope they inspire you! If you want your project added to this list, post it in the comments below, or send us an email!

Properties of Matter - Briarhill MS_Grade 6 Lesson

Lesson Focus - Conductivity

To obtain MakeyMakey order them from JoyLabz. This is an approved LISD vendor. 

If you are an LISD Librarian contact Leah or Jody, and we will facilitate your collaborative lesson with a classroom teacher using MakeyMakey. We will supply the MakeyMakeys for a 1 transformative learning experience.

Introduction to Properties of Matter:
(ii) Elements are classified as metals, nonmetals, and metalloids based on their physical properties. The elements are divided into three groups on the Periodic Table. Each different substance usually has a different density, so density can be used as an identifying property. Therefore, calculating density aids classification of substances.

(6) Matter and energy. The student knows matter has physical properties that can be used for classification. The student is expected to:
(A) compare metals, non-metals, and metalloids using physical properties such as luster, conductivity, or malleability;

Essential Question:Students will understand the classification of elements as metals, non-metals and metalloids.

Transformation of Lesson using MakeyMakey

Before the Lesson

  1. Watch this Video - - Watch video to learn to use the MakeyMakey. 
  2. Students will bring "conductive" items from home to test their hypothesis to see they are indeed conductive.
  3. Teacher will divide the kids into 7 collaborative groups for this inquiry based unit launch.
  4. Teacher will supply a periodic table to each team and colored pencils.

Lesson - 

  1. After you have watched the video, collaborate with your team to categorize the items you brought into conductive and non-conductive groups. (Guess, then check in step 2)
  2. With the MakeMakey test your hypothesis. To connect the MakeyMakey go to: Choose one of the activities on the page.
  3. If it is conductive research on the web to determine what element creates the conductivity.
  4. Color the period table to reflect if the item is a metal, non-metal or metalloid.
    1. metal = yellow
    2. non-metal =orange
    3. metalloid = We will learn about this in another lesson.
  5. Elements are placed on the Periodic Table in a set pattern. Was the design arbitrary or planned based on the properties of the elements.
  6. Each individual student will write their hypothesis about how the table was planned that you discussed in your group. If you were designing the table today,  write how you would have organized the table differently based on the properties of the elements. After your reflection draw your periodic table.



MakeyMakey at BMS

Trela Weesner, BMS Librarian works with students.

Trela Weesner, BMS Librarian

Learning is fun?

Learning is fun?

Liz Haas, photographer


For ages 4-adult

You don’t need to know how to code or wire to construct robots with Cubelets. Snap the robot blocks together and the magnetic faces do the rest. Every unique arrangement is a new robot with novel behaviors emerging from the construction. Invention made easy.

Getting Started Guide

Additional Information

  1. A first robot

  2. Try swapping Sense blocks

  3. Try swapping Action blocks

  4. How numbers flow

  5. Using the Bar Graph block to see the numbers

  6. How you arrange the Cubelets makes a difference

  7. Stability

  8. A Sense block can control more than one Action block

  9. Think blocks

  10. The Inverse Think block

  11. Differential drive

  12. Action blocks average their inputs

  13. Gradients: diffusion

  14. Use the Minimum block as a switch

  15. Use the Blocker block to separate two parts of a robot

  16. Troubleshooting

  17. Take a look at your Cubelets

  18. A note to experienced programmers

Squishy Circuits

Skills and Concepts:

In a zippy demo at TED U, AnnMarie Thomas shows how two different kinds of homemade play dough can be used to demonstrate electrical properties — by lighting up LEDs, spinning motors, and turning little kids into circuit designers.

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