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edWeb.net and littleBits Education Partner for STEAM PLC

edWeb.net and littleBits Education Partner to Host a STEAM Learning Community

PRINCETON, NJ, October 10, 2017 - edWeb.net and littleBits Education are partnering to host STEM Learning: Full STEAM Ahead, a free, professional learning community on edWeb that will support educators working with students in grades 2-8. Through this free online community and edWebinars, littleBits Education will help educators empower children to unlock their creative and technical confidence through invention, and to be creators of technology, not just consumers of it. 

STEM Learning: Full STEAM Ahead provides an online forum for educators to attend free edWebinars, collaborate with peers, share practices and tips, and access a growing professional learning center on topics including makerspaces, project-based learning, student-driven learning, coding and robotics, and going from STEM to STEAM.

The community offers free edWebinars that are a lively, real-time exchange of ideas with experts and colleagues. All edWebinars are recorded for on-demand viewing at any time. Educators earn a CE certificate for attending live or for taking a quiz after viewing the recording.

littleBits Education's first edWebinar, "Coding + STEAM: Getting Students Future Ready," will be presented on Wednesday, October 11 at 4pm Eastern Time. Jon Samuelson, Innovation Strategist at Beaverton School District in Beaverton, OR, will discuss tips and tricks on integrating coding and STEAM, as well as many ideas to try in the classroom, makerspace, or school. Educators are invited to register for the edWebinar on the event page.
 
"Educators know that they're preparing students for careers that haven't even been invented yet. That's why we're so thrilled about the partnership with edWeb so we can help foster a community where educators can get ideas for engaging their students in STEM and STEAM learning," said Marc Keller, General Manager of littleBits Education.

Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb, commented, "We are very excited about our partnership with littleBits as we see such a high demand among educators for information on STEM, STEAM, coding, and robotics. Educators see how these learning experiences excite their students, girls and boys, and help them explore subjects that are so important for college and career readiness, and the future of our society."

Educators are invited to join the free STEM Learning: Full STEAM Ahead professional learning community on edWeb.net at www.edweb.net/STEM

About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a free professional learning network that is a highly engaged community of connected educators who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. edWeb members are teachers, faculty, administrators, and librarians at PreK-12 and post-secondary institutions who are working together to provide peer leadership, training, and support. Educators are creating their own communities on edWeb, participating in edWeb's professional learning communities, and earning CE certificates through edWebinar programs. edWeb's growing ecosystem is a collaboration space where educators and thought leaders in the education industry gather and share ideas that can improve learning for all students. Learn more at www.edweb.net or follow edWeb.net on Twitter @edwebnet.

About littleBits Education
littleBits empowers kids around the world to become inventors. Founded in 2011 by Ayah Bdeir, its innovative platform of easy-to-use electronic blocks allows anyone to create and prototype with electronics, independent of age, gender or technical ability. As the leader in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) learning, littleBits believes in creating the conditions of invention by creating products that encourage self-directed exploration and problem solving; support grit and tenacity; and create a safe place to experience both failure and accomplishment. The company is dedicated to successfully bridging the gender gap with its gender-neutral platform, attracting an industry high thirty five percent of young girls to invent with littleBits. By embracing STEAM, both girls and boys can invent solutions to the problems that matter to them. The company's products have won over 150 industry awards. littleBits is headquartered in New York. For more information and inspiration, go to  www.littleBits.cc/education.

Contact: Julia Ottesen, Community & PR Coordinator, edWeb.net, julia@edWeb.net, 800-575-6015 ext 120