NASA And littleBits Collaborate To Create A Kid’s Space Kit [Video]
Create your own Mars Rover with these intuitive electronic building blocks.
littleBits first caught our attention with their cloud module, which makes it easy to add internet-connectivity to your electronics, but more recently, they decided to create a new “Space Kit,” as part of an exciting partnership with NASA. It costs $189, and the company hope it will educate more about space travel in a unique and interesting way.
Each one of the kits comes with 12 magnetic modules, which includes a numbers module, remote trigger and infrared LED sensor. The kit also comes with a booklet of circuit applications written by scientists at NASA, which teaches people how to build their own wave generator, star chart, and even, model Mars Rover.
“We get A LOT of partnership requests but we picked NASA because space is critical, and massively important to every single person in the universe, and to society in general,” Ayah Bdeir, the company’s founder, told TechCrunch.
The main purpose of the partnership is to promote interest in STEM education, and littleBits already has plans to organize a series of hackathons and workshops that will use the kits to get more people involved in science and electronics.