littleBits introduced coding to its Droid Inventor Kit for the first time, providing kids with additional inventing experiences. Made possible by a drag and drop coding canvas built off of Scratch Blocks, the block-based programming was developed through a collaboration between Google and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lifelong Kindergarten group.

The Droid Inventor Kit fosters STEAM, creativity, and problem-solving skills. It comes with everything kids need to create and customize their Droid straight out of the box, including step-by-step in-app instructions that allow kids to create their Droid, control it in Drive Mode, Force Mode, and more. These experiences will build upon existing Droid missions to expand kids’ inventing skills and play experiences.

Additional features include six new in-app challenges encourage kids to reconfigure the littleBits technology in new ways. Each littleBits color-coded electronic block has a different function—such as a power, motor, or sensor. The included stickers and in-app missions encourage kids to customize their Droid using crafts or household objects, giving their Droid its own special personality. A free app is available on iOS and Android devices.