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Like Gadgets and STEM? Give LittleBits a Try!

Like Music and STEM? Give LittleBits a Try!A few months ago, we talked about an unlikely start for engineers in Silicon Valley: Lego sets.

And today, we happened to come across another neat little tool (or toy, depending on how you look at it) that could help you learn STEM skills and stimulate your mind in a fun, interesting way.

That new tool is called LittleBits.

LittleBits is a collection of tiny circuit boards, each with specific functions, that snap together with magnets, allowing you to create any number of electronic circuits that perform tasks. From an electric toothbrush, to a keytar, it’s possible to make a lot of things with LittleBits.

Unlike normal electronic circuits, which require soldering, and in some cases an advanced understanding of physics, LittleBits just snap together, making technical tasks easy even for people who aren’t technically oriented. And throughout the whole process, users can learn about electronics in a non-frustrating way.

LittleBits are pretty cool, and we think we’ll be picking up a set sometime soon.

If you’re looking for other fun ways to learn skills that carry over to STEM, LittleBits isn’t the only one. There’s also Lego Mindstorms, a robotics set, the Raspberry Pi, which can help you learn programming, or even a number of weekend projects available all around the web.

Needless to say, there are a lot of really cool ways to get out there and learn STEM skills outside of the classroom. The educational foundation that you can set with these tools and toys will help you with the rest of your life, and as we like to mention, could certainly lead you to a successful career in manufacturing.

If you have any questions about any of the tools and toys we mentioned here, let us know in the comments or on Twitter! We have lots of creative ways to learn STEM skills up our sleeves, and would be happy to share them if you’re interested.

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