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LittleBits intros three kits to explore music, space and more

LittleBits has been keeping busy. The New York based educational hardware startup recently announced a new Avengers-themed kit and its first acquisition. This morning, it’s back with three new kits,

Pearson is adding LittleBits kits to its STEM curriculum

Manhattan-based startup LittleBits has worked hard to shake the “tech toy” label. While the company’s done a good job getting its kid-friendly engineering kits into the hands of schools, a new p

LittleBits’ Droid Inventor kit is the first STEM toy that works

I’ve been watching STEAM and/or STEAM toys with great interest and great skepticism. While many parents and teachers report great success with programming toys like Cleverbot and whatever this t

How littleBits grew from side project to Star Wars

Like many of the most compelling startups, littleBits began life as a side-hustle — no expectations, no early push for venture capital. Just a bit of tinkering to pass the time. Ayah Bdeir was a rec

Tenka Labs raises another $2M to get its kids’ LEGO engineering kits in retailers

Tenka Labs co-founder John Schuster is no stranger to walking friends through building gadgets using Arduino, an open-source hardware controller — except they might be great software engineers, but

The littleBits Droid Inventor Kit lets you build an R2-D2 of your very own

Ever wanted to build an R2-D2 to call your own? You could drop a few million dollars to get all the screen-used parts/props... Or you could spend a few weeks in the shop bangin' on scrap metal to buil

The LittleBits Code Kit is an easy way to play (and learn) with Arduino

I’m not a fan of educational toys. They’re usually either too educational or too toy-like and, in the end, kids get little education and little fun. The Code Kit from LittleBits has change

Walt Disney Co. reveals 9 new startups in the Disney Accelerator spanning robotics, cinematic VR and AI

The Walt Disney Co. is kicking off the third session of its corporate accelerator this week, and revealed 9 new companies admitted to the program. A full list follows at the end of this post. The comp

littleBits’ new STEAM kit for students emphasizes invention

We are big fans of littleBits here at TechCrunch. The company, which raised $44.2 million last year, offers a number of different sets that teach kids (and grown-ups) about programming and electronics

12 Gifts To Inspire The Next Generation Of Coders

Are you buying a gift for a budding coder or hardware hacker? Kids today are truly spoilt on this front, with a very wide range of specialized kit that offers to teach tech smarts in a fun and engagin

Littlebits Releases A Wonderful Gizmo And Gadgets Kit

LittleBits are fantastic, but I’ve never been able to recommend them for kids. Most of the company’s kits are just not intuitive for novices, nor do they contain everything needed to make

LittleBits Raises Big $44.2 Million Round

LittleBits, a maker of electronic components that both children and designers can snap together to create everything from toy robots to lightweight industrial products, has raised $44.2 million in Ser

Radio Shack Still Owes Makers Money

After a brief – but energetic – flirtation with hardware startups, Radio Shack went bankrupt, leaving many creditors in the cold. The hardest hit? Those same hardware startups. According t

SAM Is A Wireless Electronics Kit That Wants To Make Coding Connected Objects Super Simple

Meet SAM, a wireless electronics kits that's aiming to make it easier for kids or indeed anyone with an idea for a connected project to get building -- using a series of Bluetooth connected pieces and

LittleBits Announces BitLab, An App Store For Hardware

Have you ever wanted to build a banana piano? Or make a robotic cockroach brain out of LEGO? With LittleBits now you (potentially) can. The company has just announced something called the BitLab, a co

LittleBits Announces The Cloud Module, An Electronics Block That Connects Your Projects To The Internet

LitteBits, maker of simple, easy to build electronics kits, has announced what they’re calling the Cloud Module, a small, Internet-connected block that lets you build standalone projects using t

LittleBits Connects With $11.1M To Transform Its Electronics Kit Business Into A Hardware Platform

Big things are coming for <a target="_blank" href="http://littlebits.cc/">littleBits</a> -- the New York-based startup that makes lego-style electronics kits. The company, originally conceived by foun

littleBits’ Exploration Kits Will Make You Think Differently About Building Hardware

Whole worlds have been built out of LEGO and K'Nex and Meccano and a seemingly endless supply of childhood wonder, but the world is changing and so too are our toys. That's where an ambitious New York

LittleBits Is A Nearly Perfect Electronics Discovery Kit

I've been hearing about LittleBits, an electronics kit for hobbyists and kids, for quite a while but I never got a chance to play with them until recently. The <a target="_blank" href="http://littlebi

Toys Grow Up: LittleBits Picks Up $3.65M, PCH Deal To Build Out Its Open-Source Hardware Vision

<a target="_blank" href="http://littlebits.cc">LittleBits</a>, an "open source hardware" startup that makes electronic building blocks to design objects for work and play, has today announced the addi