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Emerging Technology

What is it?

Little Bits Kits allow you to create simple circuits with magnetic parts. Learn about power, switches, and motors and easily incorporate electrical components into prototypes and designs. 

Getting Started

LittleBits includes different types of colour-coded magnetic modules. Place the modules in different combinations to create different kinds of circuits. Each circuit should have a:

Blue Power Module This will start every circuit you create
Pink Input Module This will send signals to the modules after it
Green Output Module This will complete an action or task

Follow these steps to create your first circuit:

1. Connect the battery & cable to the blue power module & turn it on
2. Connect the blue power module to any pink input module
3. Connect the pink input module to any green output module
4. Press the button, switch or lever on your pink input module & then see what happens!

TIP: The magnets in each module will only connect one way. If you're having trouble connecting your modules, try rotating them until they fit together. 

For Educators

Interested in using LittleBits in your classroom, but not sure where to start? Contact your Librarian, Muyi Ogunleye ( for support and resources. 

Use LittleBits to introduce your students to:

  • Engineering & electronics
  • Product design & innovation
  • Entrepreneurship

Students can:

  • Prototype new projects & inventions
  • Engage in project-based learning
  • Find solutions to modify existing products
  • Learn problem-solving & creative thinking skills

Ayah Bdeir: Building Blocks that Blink, Bleep & Teach

Watch Ayah Bdeir, founder of LittleBits explain how this resource can impact learning and democratize access to and understanding of technology


How is LittleBits Used in the Classroom?

Not sure how LittleBits applies to your classroom? LittleBits could be used in ANY classroom -- not just STEM classrooms.
Beyond helping users understand basic electricity & circuitry, LittleBits can be used to teach innovative thinking, problem-solving, design & teamwork. Here's how:

  • Before a group assignment for your course, have your students work together on a LittleBits project to encourage communication & teamwork among group members
  • If students need to design a product for a business or design course, have them use LittleBits to prototype their design
  • Want your students to think outside the box? Have them practice by using LittleBits to create something new

Access It!

Interested in accessing the technology on this guide?

Check out our full list of Makerspace and Emerging Technologies

To borrow the emerging technologies, click on the title of an item you're interested in and choose Place a Hold to reserve it. Or visit the circulation desk at your library and ask to borrow the item.

To use the Makerspace equipment, book or visit the Makerspaces at the Story Arts Centre and Progress Libraries.

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