Take the Challenge:
Create a Harry Potter-inspired invention!
Calling all witches, sorcerers, animagi, seers, and other members of the wizarding community. Grab your wands and start practicing your charms. This holiday season, we challenge you to use your inner magic to create a Harry Potter-inspired invention. You can...
- Show us your best spell
- Recreate your favorite scene
- Build a magical animatronic creature
- Forge an enchanted tool
What dark secrets of invention will you uncover?
We'll introduce you to littlebits, brainstorm ideas for your invention, create using lots of different tools, and then we'll help you document your submission and submit it online for a chance to win your own bits!
You don't need any littleBits of your own to enter the challenge! Moonlighter Makerspace is hosting the event, so you'll have access to the entire littleBits library of components, we'll provide you a kit with various mateirals you can use to prototype with, as well as full access to 3D printers, a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, sewing machines, tools & more to create your one of a kind invention!
Please note, you will need to disassemble the bits out of your invention after you document and submit it to the challenge and return them to our shared bit library. If you want to take bits home to keep inventing, we'll have various kits available for purchase before and after the event. Anything you create with the 3D printers, etc. you can take home with you!
Feel free to bring your own Harry Potter costumes, wands, or other wares that you want to hack with or use in filming your invention!
We'll Be Following The LittleBits Invention Cycle: Create, Play, Remix & Share!
CREATE: Brainstorm a few ideas, pick your favorite, and create a prototype.
Think about your favorite scene from one of the books or movies. Are there flying cars? Flying creatures? Large chess boards? Sorting ceremonies? Play with some ideas in your head and build a prototype (or three!) with your Bits. Don’t worry about getting everything right on the first try. The important thing is to just get started and experiment. Here are a few directions to get you started:
- Magical Hogwarts Express by Luke Seeley (AKA pooky)
- Voldemort Disarmer by AlexanderBits
- Parselbot by Avery C.
- Dudley family car by Gavin Thomas Walters
- Buckbeak's Flight by Carolina and Timothy High
- Wingardium Leviosa - the levitating feather by Carolina and Timothy High
PLAY: Give your prototype a test run.
Is it fun to use? Does it conjure the magic you wanted? Test your invention with friends or your family to see what they think.
REMIX: Try adding or subtracting Bits or materials to see if it improves your invention.
How can you make your enchanted invention even better? Use the feedback you received from your testing to improve it. Experiment with new materials, Bits, spaces, or spells.
SHARE: Show your invention to the world to inspire others.
Upload it! Create a short video showing us what it does and explaining how it works, then submit it to the Magic of Invention Challenge.
LittleBits Will Announce 8 Prize Winners!
The top 3 winners will receive up to $200 in Bits of your choice. Then 5 runners-up will get special swag and the brand-new Bluetooth Low Energy Bit to make even more magic!