Do you love to play? Do you love to learn? Are they one in the same to you?
For me learning works best when it is fun. I am not much of a “sit and watch a lecture to learn” kind of fellow – though most of my formal education has been delivered such.
When I get quick feedback, when I build or discover what it is I seek to know, I usually have a better go at actually understanding something.
littleBits electronic modules are well suited for this type of learning.
littleBits the company, makes a library of Open Source Hardware electronic modules for prototyping, learning and having fun. I had the pleasure of wrenching Paul Rothman, an electronics designer for littleBits, from his work and talking about the company and Open Source Hardware.
What I discovered from Paul felt spot on to something I have always thought but could never verbalize so well…
“…there are a lot of lessons to be learned from playing…”
This idea of play to learn appears foundational to the whole idea of littleBits.
I hope you enjoy the interview.
Did I mention littleBits has been Open Source Hardware from the start (founded by Ayah Bdeir who was instrumental in realizing the Open Hardware definition, and co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit).
I am minutes from buying the starter kit – I will let you know how they go.