They came from all over the world to compete in a contest of skill and effort, but only a few would rise to the top of the BitOlympics. This year, that elite group included two McLoughlin Middle School students: seventh-graders Luke Seeley and Connor O’Keefe, who claimed the silver medal.
The international competition challenged inventors to develop a real or imaginary sport using littleBits—magnetically connecting electronic building blocks. Think Legos meet electronics meet robotics. “They really open up the possibility of things like coding for kids,” said Luke.
LittleBits fans all over the world submitted approximately 170 projects. Luke and Connor developed three projects over the summer for their first littleBits competition: a miniature golf course; miniature soccer field; and a scaled-up soccer field, which won second place.