SAM Labs

SAM Labs is about building inventions with little blocks packed full of endless possabilities.  

#InternetLibrarian - PreConference

This year for the Internet Librarian conference, Jane has come up with some awesome ideas, that I'm super excited to share and be part of.  

This year join Nate Hill, Tod Colegrove and myself for an entire interactive workshop on Makerspaces, Idea Labs, and Hackerspaces.  With us are individuals from littleBits, Hopscotch, LightUp, Twenty One Toys, Brown Dog Gadgets, and more.  So, its going to be SUPER interesting to see all the vendors talking about libraries and makerspaces and the roles their technologies play.  


Cubelets are magnetic robot blocks that snap together to make an endless variety of robot toys. Without wiring or programming, you and your youngsters can build thousands and thousands of tiny robots!

You don’t need to know how to code or wire to construct robots with Cubelets. Snap the robot blocks together and the magnetic faces do the rest. Every unique arrangement is a new robot with novel behaviors emerging from the construction. Invention made easy.

Makey Makey

MaKey MaKey is an invention kit, where you hook up items to your kit and have it interact with your computer. Turn any item you like into a touchpad and combine it to the internet! The possibilities are endless with what you can do with your MaKey MaKey. Liibraries and schools across the country have been using Makey Makey in their makerspaces and fablabs.    

Hummingbird Kit

The Hummingbird Robotics Kit is a spin-off of a six year (and on-going) research project at Carnegie Mellon's CREATE lab. The project began in 2006 as Robot Diaries, which aimed to create an after school engineering and robotics activity that could appeal to middle school girls as much as or more than to boys.

Circuit Scribe

Circuit Scribe is a rollerball pen that writes with non-toxic conductive silver ink. It makes creating circuits as easy as doodling.

They created a non-toxic, silver conductive ink pen and a number of interactive modules. The kits range from beginner to advanced and are suitable for individual or classroom use. 

The goal is to make circuits intuitive and accessible to learners of all ages!


littleBits™ is making hardware limitless and has one mission: to put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone. littleBits makes a library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets to allow anyone to learn, build, and invent with electronics—no soldering, wiring, or programming required. The company was founded in 2011 by MIT Media Lab graduate, TED Senior Fellow, and cofounder of the Open Hardware Summit, Ayah Bdeir.

littleBits Space Kit Review

littleBits, a very groovy and innovative company based in New York, is constantly pumping out awesome new products.  Their model is fairly simple. Provide low cost “bits” that allow people to build and prototype things using no programming and no soldering.  These simple “bits” are circuits (called modules) snap together through magnets; each with very unique properties; whether it be an action (switch, knob, sensor) and a result (fan, noise, light). 

I recently had a chance to experience the new “Space Kit”.  Before I go on anymore; you must know two things about me.