I spent some time on Friday in the grades 5 & 6 class at Garden City. This term, the students have been studying electricity as their science topic and their teacher Paula Zack (who is in for Liz Nasu who is on mat leave) thought it would be interesting to see what connections they made to what they learned about electricity as they investigated littleBits.
As students investigated and tested things out with the littleBits, I recorded several of the observations and comments the students made, revealing their developing understanding of electricity:
Some of the groups were very interested in the three-pronged fork bit and played around with changing the variables and bits attached to see how these changes affected different bits. They noticed that some bits were louder, brighter or moved more quickly when less bits were attached to the fork.
And after some experimentation, some students were still confounded by the purpose of the orange wires:
“I still don’t know what this does!”
and then they realized they could use them to reach further with their circuit when they create things.
The circuits got more and more complicated as the session moved on…
Here’s a short Animoto video overview of this class’ first littleBits session:
I’m sure the students have lots of ideas for what they might create with the littleBits now that they know what they can do!