Electronic kits “littleBits” on trial in classroom!

During November, we visited the pupils VIII. year 1.ZŠ and showcase the “littleBits” electronic kits in the computer science lesson, in order to open the way to informative thinking instead of teaching office bundles. The class has always been divided into several groups and each was a project based on the kit. One group, according to the instructions, built a car, which subsequently controlled the phone over the Bluetooth, the second group programmed its melody through the computer and finally listened to it. The third group assembled an electrical circuit that physically interconnected with a painted football goal: “If you hit the target, the fanfare will come out!” 🙂 … and so on. Lots of fun and interesting experience with “littleBits”. “After a while the children worked with enthusiasm. They helped each other in the team and the electronics and the programming with the help of the “littleBits” tutorials did no harm! “Mrs. Přibáňová commented in her words.

Would you like to have this in computer science lessons? Reach your teachers and through them the school management to diversify your teaching.

For workshops or equipment for the classrooms, contact us!

littleBits Smart Home Kit

littleBits Smart Home Kit everything you need to make your home smart

Meet the kit that will upgrade your home and bring it into the 21st century. The Smart Home Kit can turn any dumb household object (like a fan or lamp) into an internet-connected device. Instead of buying a bajillion different smart products, you can reinvent the household items you already have.
  • Control your AC from anywhere.
  • Automate your curtains to open at sunrise.
  • Make a remote controlled pet feeder.
  • The Smart Home Kit is the easiest way to Snap the Internet to Anything.
Whether or you’re an experienced maker, a tech-curious family, or a home DIY-er, anyone can improve their room or house with inventions created with the Smart Home Kit.

 

Included in the Box

  • Includes 14 Bits, ranging from the temperature sensor and MP3 player to the cloudBit
  • 11 accessories allow for ultimate cosmic power, including the AC switch which enables you to control wall outlets [for fans, lights and more!] using littleBits circuits.
  • Note: AC Switch is designed for US electrical outlets only (we provide adapter to EU outlets)
  • Includes everything you need to make internet-connected devices right out of the box
  • Connect everything! Now your entire littleBits library can talk to the internet and vice versa
  • Automate with IFTTT to connect with any web service, like Facebook, Gmail and Twitter, or hardware like NEST and Phillips HUE
  • No wiring, programming, or soldering required to create your own smart devices

You can buy it at shop.nvias.org.

nvias transforms next generation from consumers to creators

Nvias is changing technical education. Since the begining nvias is creating a technology-oriented Programs for creators, which combine advanced technology, product design and business, all that learning by playing.

The main mission of nvias is to transform next generation from consumer to creator. The founders believe that a period of big changes is coming and nvias wants to be at the birth of a future generation of creators! That is why it creates a unique space for experimenting and learning new things, where the basis of each program is the creation of a specific product that the participants must be able not just create but also to sell.

In the field of technical education, it is necessary to link education and business more closely, it is necessary to respond and prepare pupils for future needs, which we sometimes don’t know yet. The current project – the Minecraft Future Factory competition motivates kids and students to create a future factory in Minecraft. This project is a clear demonstration of the interconnection between education and business, organized by Nvias with the financial support of the TIP – Technological Initiative Pilsen.

“Minecraft brings unlimited possibilities to learning by playing, from orientation in space, with 3D coordinates, over logical tasks and circuits, to simple programming. If you combine all this things with a long-term task, such is building a factory, children will learn the design thinking, teamwork and project approach. The final production of the video shot is the art of sales and marketing.” says Pavel König, nvias.

“TIP has long been focused on supporting technical education.
After the Technology lined with gold campaign, cooperation with nvias is an important step towards fulfilling our “nine recommendations” in supporting education in technical fields.” responds Pavel Duchek, general secretary of TIP.

“From the perspective nvias we feel the need to spread our Programs for creators in the region, with the financial support from TIP we are able to do it. We were pleasantly surprised by the big interest in Minecraft workshop in Stankov, where we had to split the participants into two terms.
The realized workshops show that in smaller towns the children are more aware of companies operating in their neighborhood, far more than the children in the big cities. Our programs offer companies concrete actions to support technical education in their region to support this relationship even more.” adds Pavel König.

Mentioned competition is not the only program where nvias connects education and business. Worth mentioning is also the program Our Companies, created in cooperation with Smart Edu Plzeň. This is a project day for elementary schools, which aims to show children the way a companies work. Point-out jobs with higher added value and encourage teamwork. Students build a company, invest in the market, build a robot, program it and then try to financially succeed in the business world.

The whole game is accompanied by a mentor with experience from business. At this time, nvias is currently looking for sponsors and companies who want to get involved mentors so that they can spread the program to individual regions.

Registration for the Future Factory competition is open to public  https://www.nvias.org/futurefactory/

Follow nvias on nvias.org and fb.com/nvias.org

Activites of TIP association follow on : http://tipilsen.cz.

Introduction of littleBits Rule Your Room Kit – MAKEY MAKEY

The most important part in the Rule Your Room Kit is a bit which connects all conductive staff you have around you with your littleBits kits.

w14 MAKEY MAKEY BIT

MEET THE BIT
The Makey Makey Bit turns everyday conductive objects (like bananas) into triggers that control your circuit and even your computer. You can connect the Makey Makey Bit to these objects using alligator clips.

BIT BREAKDOWN

HOW IT WORKS
The Makey Makey Bit sends an ON signal to the Bits that follow it when a keypad (LEFT ARROW, SPACE/CLICK, or RIGHT ARROW) is connected to either of the EARTH pads through a conductive material. When you touch both alligator clips at the same time, electricity flows from the LEFT ARROW keypad to the EARTH pad, triggering an ON signal to the buzzer.
This works because humans are conductive. Yes, even you!

MINI-CHALLENGE

Can you invent a prank with the Makey Makey Bit?
What conductive materials can you use to trigger
the prank? Find them all!

Connect Makey Makey bit to your computer and play the piano:
https://makeymakey.com/piano

REAL WORLD ANALOGIES


COMPUTER KEYBOARD        GAME – operation

Go to the shop and buy one kit for your experiments shop.nvias.org :-).

cloudBit – a ticket to the world of IoT inventions

The cloudBit is the easiest way to create internet­-connected devices. You can now snap the internet to anything! Retrofit your thermostat to control it remotely, or set up a sound-triggered alarm system that texts you alerts – the possibilities are endless. No programming, soldering or wiring required.

Do you like Minecraft? Connect it to littleBits via cloudBit and you get extra dimension for your inventions. The best way to learn how to design IoT solutions. It’s the Minecraft of Things.

Support of IFTTT protocol give you endless possibilities to connect it to every cloud service. Wave when you get a mail? Alerts when your meeting is about to start?

Or the way opposite. Trigger the action in the cloud by littleBits. SMS alert generated by littleBits? Play the music when the light is goes on?

Or just be connected with your friend. Connect two cloudBits via internet.

What’s your idea?

SHOP nvias.org

Program for creators – „Our companies“

Program for creators – „Our companies“

nvias, in cooperation with Smart Edu Pilsen, has set up a primary school program to help pupils find a way for their studies We want to guide students to study in areas with high added value such as science, research, marketing, ….

What we bring to students?

Our project is a game – a project day, aimed at pupils of the second grade of elementary schools (specifically VIII and IX.).
The project consists of three interconnected parts:
1. Theory
– the structure of the manufacturing company, where the value is being added …
2. “Our Companies” Game
– Demonstrates to pupils how each department of a real business works and helps them understand what is important for business development.
3. Assembly of a robot
– within the simulated department of research and development pupils build and program the robot
.

Who will manage the game and how much time it will take

The game can be managed by a specific member of Smart Edu Pilsen, nvias z.s., In other cases, the mentors, or the pedagogical staff of the given schools, were trained. The game will always take one day (a project day).

 

Theory context

Investing in areas with high added value pays off
  • Research & Development – You can bring unique products at a higher price to the market
  • Marketing & Branding – You have loyal customers who respect your brand and are willing to pay extra
  • Service and Support – is not only a tool for quality service and repairs, but also for distribution of original spare parts and possible expansions, upgrades, …
By cooperating with your competition, you can do more
  • When you cooperate, you can completely eliminate market threats.
  • You can also be share profit from the market opportunities
  • You can better cope with threats and better prepare for entry to new foreign markets
Company position
  • A company with an even distribution of areas has a greater chance of surviving potential market threats
  • Do not forget about insurance and external consultants – a view from experts will help you better understand the market
  • Which company will be more successful? The one with a clear and long-term vision, or one that flexibly responds to every market opportunity?

Course and evaluation of the game

Development of the game on the interactive whiteboard.

Would youlike more information or a Project day?
You are a company and you would like to participate?

More info you can find on new web (only i czech): nasefirmy.eu.

Or you can fill contact for and we will come back to you:

Program for creators – Robosoutěž 2017 – lessons learned

Thanks to the organizers of the competition! Great atmosphere, T-shirts, raut …. We did not succeed, but we took a lot of experiences, lessons learned and enthusiasm for the next year !!!

Lessons learned:

Lack of time to design and test
=> Plan well the time!
Don’t be surprised by the entrance examination 🙂

Accuracy and strength of the construction
=> When the parts are released the robot
surprisingly does not behave as expected 🙂

Overdesigned
=> Lots of amazing machines and complex
programs ended as we did …
0 shooting points
Keep it simple 🙂

Overall results Robot Competition 2017

Report on novinky.cz

Do you wanna join us next time?

Meetup – programming Amazon Alexa Skill

This meetup is focused on creating new skill for personal voice assistent Amazon Alexa/Echo.

We want Alexa to conversate with students in English. You want to know how to program Alexa Skill? You want to explore complety new way of interaccting with computers?
You wanna join?

We will submit the project to:
You code, Alexa comes to life. Create new Skills for Alexa, the brain behind Amazon Echo.
ALEXA.DEVPOST.COM

 

Do you wanna join?