Base Inventor Kit Review (littleBits Electronics)

Base Inventor Kit
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What It Is

Kids these days consume a lot of technology, but with the littleBits Base Inventor Kit, they can actually create technology. The kit comes with everything kids need to complete more than 12 activities or use their imaginations to invent something totally new. The kit includes 10 Bits: a power Bit, a slide dimmer Bit, a sound trigger Bit, a proximity sensor Bit, a long LED Bit, a buzzer Bit, a servo Bit, two wire Bits, and a latch Bit. You also get a 9V battery and cable, a mechanical arm, nine paper templates, and a mounting board. A smart device is required so that you can view instructions for building the different models in the free littleBits app.

Some of the inventions kids can build include a Stuff Protector, an Automatic Light, a Navigator, a Gripper or robotic arm, an Automatic Gripper, a Trash Chomper, and a Sea Cleaner. After you build each invention, there are activities to help kids discover and play with their working creation.

Is It Fun?

This is a great introduction to STEM concepts, not only showing kids what they can build, but also showing them how each thing works in a real-life setting. It's not just a build-it-and-you're-done thing. From there, kids are encouraged to engineer their own inventions. It's easy to put the pieces together, which makes this even more accessible to curious kids.

Who It’s For

The Base Inventor Kit is for curious kids ages 8 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

The kit includes a power Bit, a slide dimmer Bit, a sound trigger Bit, a proximity sensor Bit, a long LED Bit, a buzzer Bit, a servo Bit, two wire Bits, a latch Bit, a 9V battery and cable, a mechanical arm, nine paper templates, and a mounting board. 

You'll need a smart device for the in-app building instructions. Downloading the instructions may take some time depending on your internet connection.

You'll only be able to build one invention at a time.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy