My friend Kim Moldofsky of The Maker Mom (and other fabulous blogs) hosts a monthly Twitter chat about STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math. This month's chat also includes Arts. Don't let "Arts" scare you. Everyone has a bit of creativity in them. I love making and receiving handmade gifts. What I love more are gifts that inspire creativity.
Thanks to this month's sponsor, littleBits, we'll be talking about #MakeTheHoliday- sharing tips and ideas for homemade gifts and gifts that keep on giving. Join in on Twitter on this Thursday, December 6 at 9 PM Eastern, 8 Central, 7 Mountain and 6 Pacific using the hashtags #STEMchat and #MakeTheHoliday.
Check out the panelists for our chat:
Kathy Cerceri @KathyCeceri is the brains behind Crafts for Learning and is co-creator of the GeekMom blog and book, author of "Robotics" and other activity books for kids, About.com's Guide to Homeschooling, and mom to two sons, 17 and 20.
Lisa Nelsen-Woods @condoblues When her technical writer, instructional designer, and DIYer powers combine she builds computers, fixes what's broken, and teaches you how you can do it too on her blog Condo Blues.
Thien-Kim Lam (That's me!) @ThienKim is a former costume designer who now channels her creative energy by upcycling clothes, sketching, and crafting with her kids. Check out her tutorials and general crafty goodness at My Cup of Creativi-Tea and her parenting adventures at I'm Not the Nanny.
littleBits, invented by a woman, are (cute!) little electronic modules for prototyping and play. The bits snap together with magnets, so you can't mess up with them. These colorful bits take crafting projects to a new level allowing people with little or no electronics knowledge to add lights, sensors or other bells and whistles to their projects. Ayah Bdeir set out to put the tools of engineers into the hands of artists and she's succeeding. Seriously cool stuff, people.
littleBits is hosting a creative holiday challenge. It's kind of like Design Squad for adults- dream up a creative project incorporating littleBits, sketch it out and submit the sketch to win. How easy is that?
Want to see how easy it is to use littleBits? They sent me their Holiday Kit, a seven bit kit designed to light up your life, to test out. It's so easy, my 3 year old can do it. While my 7 year old daughter made the paper propeller to attach to the motor, my little guy is assembling the pieces in the background. Sorry the video is so dark, my kids wanted to turn off the lights so they could see the LED light piece in action.
As a panelist, I received a littleBits Holiday Kit to try out before the chat.