Tired of nagging your teen? Are you looking for a new, positive way to get through to your kid that doesn’t involve scolding or making threats? If you’re a frustrated parent, keep reading. I’m about to show you exactly how to get your teenager motivated. But first, I’m going to point out an often overlooked cause of teenage laziness that most parents fail to consider.
Fact: you can’t afford to let your teen be lazy or apathetic about school.
It’s already rough out there for unskilled workers– and it’s bound to get even worse. In today’s fast moving, highly technical world, you just can’t get by without a good education.
Maybe you’ve resorted bribing your teen to get good grades. If you’ve been down that road, then you know that opening up your wallet isn’t the way to turn a slacker into a motivated learner.
Lecturing them won’t do the trick either. Negativity will only add extra stress to your relationship– which is probably already tense enough as it is.
What your lazy teen needs is inspiration. Without that, your son or daughter won’t ever realize their true potential. If you want your kid to become all that they can be, you have to find a way to spark their curiosity.
Here’s why you may never have to worry about your son our daughter’s motivation ever again.
There’s something big happening in education right now. Kids around the world are getting excited about STEM– Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. They’re motivated to keep learning more and more, even after school and on the weekends.
Driving this revolution is a wave of new technology that has allowed kids to express their innate creativity in a way that wasn’t possible a generation ago.
The most innovative kit the Maker Generation is using to build innovative new gadgets may seem vaguely familiar to anyone who grew up with Legos and Erector Sets.
Yet, it’s far more than just a simple collection of building blocks.
You’ve never seen anything like this before.
The kit I am about to tell you about is fun and easy to use, but it’s also a powerful design tool. No electronics training is necessary. Yet, even professional engineers are using it to test out new ideas.
But before I tell you about this truly amazing new product, I want to ask you one simple question.
Would you feed your kid a slice of bread for dinner?
If you’re like most parents, you’d never serve your kid a plain old piece of bread for supper.
Yet, this is what many parents wind up doing when it comes to their kids’ intellectual development.
Parents just aren’t doing a good enough job of providing their teens with adequate food for thought.
If you fail to stimulate your teen’s curiosity and creative impulses, they’ll never reach their full human potential. On the other hand, if you give them the tools they need to develop their talents, there’s really no telling what they’ll accomplish.
Why are teenagers so lazy?
Teenagers crave interaction and stimulation. They want to get their hands dirty. They want to do stuff, move around and be active.
They also want to make stuff.
With these things in mind, maybe it’s unfair to say that teens are lazy.
Maybe they’re actually just bored.
Think of all the energy your son or daughter wastes on video games and social media.
Now imagine what they could achieve if they chose to invest even a small portion of that wasted time into something far more productive.
A kid that seems lazy may actually just be in need of inspiration.
15 years from now, how good would it feel to know that your child is on their way to reeling in a 6 figure salary– or even founding a profitable startup that changes the world?
Henry Ford. Steve Jobs. Oprah Winfrey. Elon Musk. Mark Zuckerberg.
All successful people have one thing in common: they’re all extremely passionate.
Unfortunately, public school doesn’t do a very good job of encouraging enthusiasm. But the Maker Movement revolution proves that the current generation of teenagers has potential.
In the next few minutes, I’ll reveal a product that can reverse your teenager’s negative attitude.
I’ll show you exactly what this product can do for your kid’s future. I’ll also provide specific examples of how it’s transforming average teens into motivated go-getters.
And I’ll also show you how you can get your hands on it… and try it out 100% risk free.
But first, allow me to introduce myself.
Why you should listen to me (and the President of the USA, too)
My name is Alex Munkachy. I’m a freelance tech writer, entrepreneur and robot hobbyist.
I started out my IT career on a submarine. After I finishing my term of service in the US Navy, I relocated to Washington D.C. and worked as a Network Engineer. I saved up some money and started an online business. After that took off, I hit the road to spread awareness of new technologies at home in the USA and abroad.
As a traveling tech evangelist, I’ve made it my mission to help the Maker Movement continue to blossom all over the world.
I’ve seen with my own eyes that young Makers are well on the way to changing the way we live and work.
The reason why I do what I do is simple: I believe in the Maker Movement. I believe that the bigger it gets, the better off our planet will be.
Of course, I am not the only geek that’s crazy about Maker culture.
Silicon Valley tech insiders, CEOs of Fortune 500 corporations and even the President of the United States are all predicting that Makers will soon be setting up micro-factories in their bedrooms.
Experts are saying that Makers will soon be using 3D printers and other tools to design and produce custom-made gadgets that the whole world will soon enjoy.
– James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic
– Tim Bajarin, leading technology columnist for Time Magazine and PC Magazine
Mark Hatch– the co-founder of TechShop, the biggest chain of Makerspaces in the United States– has witnessed the effects of the Maker Movement firsthand.
– Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop
The Maker Movement also has a big fan in the White House. In 2014, President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire. And then in June of 2016, he issued the following statement about the Maker Movement to kick off the National Week Of Making:
– President Barack Obama
Makerspaces are bringing people of all political stripes together.
It doesn’t matter who you are, what you believe in or where you live.
Anyone who wants to become a Maker, can.
The inexpensive product I’m about to introduce you to will provide everything needed to get started– and you don’t need any special training to use it.
No more nagging, no more lecturing
Let me ask you a question.
How many times have you had to lecture your teen about the importance of education?
Whatever the number really is, it probably feels like 1,000,000.
You punish, you bargain, maybe you even beg– but whatever you do or say doesn’t seem to matter. At the end of the day, the only thing your teen seems to care about is impressing their friends.
Does your son or daughter hang out with a bunch of lazy goofballs?
If your kid’s friends are lazy goofballs, that’s exactly why they want to be a lazy goofball as well. A teen’s brain is very susceptible to peer pressure.
Researchers at Duke University recently proved this scientifically.
They found that on an intellectual level, teens understand just as well as adults do that risky behaviors like drug abuse, unprotected sexual activity and reckless driving are dangerous.
Of course, reason alone doesn’t stop teens from going along with the rest of the pack.
That’s why the first thing many psychologists try to do to help a wayward teen is find ways for them to make new friends.
But what if what your teen isn’t doing is the problem?
Is there any hope for turning lazy teens into successful go-getters?
Great question. Let me answer by first explaining…
How NOT to inspire a teen
Dr. Richard Lerner is the director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University. He says that too often, parents make the mistake relying on negative tactics.
Negative parenting sends kids the wrong message.
The world is an evil place. Temptations are everywhere! So, sit still and shut up. Keep your head down. Mind your own business… and don’t make any terrible mistakes!
Obviously, teens need boundaries. They do need to be aware that there are consequences for their actions. But setting limits is only one part of the equation.
Our culture has a lot to say about things parents should not let their kids do– but it paradoxically offers very little advice about how to help them discover things that they should be doing.
Is it any wonder that so many teens often give up, turn inward and resort to apathetic “couch potato” behavior?
The right way to motivate a teen
The “fire and brimstone” approach to parenting can keep teens out of trouble. But if you want your son or daughter to develop his or her true potential, you need to give them opportunities to thrive.
A great way to start is by introducing your teen to a tribe of friendly, motivated go-getters: the Makers.
The Maker Movement is a worldwide phenomenon. In just a few short years, Makerspaces have been cropping up all over the place in the United States, Europe and all over the world.
In addition to getting together at local Makerspaces, Makers also hangout via the web. They help each other out via messageboards, Facebook groups, Skype calls and Twitter.
How to turn your kid into a Maker (for less than $100)
Think it takes a big investment to turn your slacker teen into an engineer-in-the-making?
If so, think again.
Prior to the emergence of the Maker Movement, hobby electronics was an expensive, exclusive, solitary hobby. Gear was pricey. Also, it took lots of time to learn the basics.
But the clever little construction set I’m about to recommend doesn’t require any tools at all!
No tools necessary!
You don’t even need basic stuff like screwdrivers and wire cutters to use the ingenious little magnetic construction set known as… littleBits.
High-tech electronic components that snap together with ease…
What I love so much about littleBits is that it takes the risk out of building stuff. There’s no way to goof up, because magnets prevent you from connecting the components the wrong way.
When I first became a DIYer years ago, I made a ton of rookie mistakes.
I didn’t understand how voltage worked, so I burnt up a lot of expensive gear. (And thanks to my awkward soldering iron technique I managed to burn myself, too!)
But with this magnet powered electronics kit, there’s no chance of anything bad happening. You can experiment and build prototypes without ever having to worry about blowing something up.
With littleBits, it’s literally impossible to hurt yourself or fry a circuit board.
Because all littleBits components are color coded and snap together with magnets, anyone can figure out the system and become a gadget creator in 5 minutes or less.
Here’s how the gadget creation process works:
- Grab a BLUE power bit.
- Snap it into a PINK input bit.
- Connect a GREEN output bit.
Boom, you’re done.
That’s really all there is to it.
What can littleBits do? And how well does it REALLY work?
Actually, littleBits inventions work better than the cheap stuff that you find in the electronics section of Walmart.
That’s because each littleBits “bit” is a high-end electronic component.
Pressure sensors. Motion triggers. Toggle switches. Inverters. Logic gates. Microcontrollers. DC motors. LED indicators. Servos. Wireless receivers. USB I/O interfaces. Bluetooth chips.
Just about any type of electronic component you can imagine has been turned into a bit.
Designed by Makers, for Makers.
Anyone can contribute to the littleBits system by submitting designs for new bits.
Once a bit design gets more than 1,000 votes on littleBits’ website, the plans get sent to littleBits management for review. If the prospective bit is accepted it gets shipped out to stores.
Then, the creator picks up a percentage of the proceeding sales.
Here are just a few basic gadgets anyone can quickly build out of littleBits:
The creations pictured above are just a small slice of what’s possible. They’re just the “stock” inventions that come with different littleBits sets.
With littleBits, your kid can make pretty much any type of electronic device.
littleBits inventors churn out brand new types of gadgets every single day. That’s why Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter are filling up with thousands of pictures of cool littleBits creations.
Given the way littleBits is changing the way kids learn about technology, you may be wondering…
Why aren’t teachers using littleBits in the classroom?
Oddly enough– they are!
A few months back, littleBits came out with a classroom set called littleBits STEAM. It’s designed to help students learn science, technology, engineering and math.
And in April of 2016, the New York City Department of Education announced that they will be incorporating the littleBits STEAM into its STEM enrichment program.
That’s big news for the folks at littleBits, because the NYC Department of Education just happens to be the largest school district in the country.
Here are just a few reactions from teachers that have tried out the new STEAM littleBits set in their classrooms.
– Rachel Albert, alternative adult high school teacher
– Ellie Cole, Curriculum Specialist for Appleton Learning
– Jamie Ewing, 5th grade teacher
Young people everywhere are switching off their TV sets and turning off their video game consoles.
Products like littleBits, open-minded teachers and Maker community enthusiasts are ushering in a new era.
In a moment, I’ll tell you how your son or daughter can get their hands on their very own littleBits set.
But first, let’s travel backwards in time.
We’re going to revisit a turning point in history that’s not unlike the one we’re living in today.
Remember when the first Apple Macintosh computer debuted back in 1984?
If so, you might recall that it was SUPER expensive.
But kids that were privileged enough to have one in their homes had a huge advantage over their classmates.
Teens with early PCs and Macs were the first ones to learn how to type, how to load programs, how to find their way around an operating system.
Some early adopters went even further and learned the programming languages that made computers tick.
In the years that followed, the computer geeks that were lucky enough to get exposed to computer tech at a young age made a fortune creating all the computer stuff that we take for granted today.
Like all the experts I quoted earlier, I’m thoroughly convinced that the Makers of the 2010s look a lot like the computer geeks of the 1980s.
Everyone’s saying that today’s Makers will be tomorrow’s multi-billionaires.
There is, however, one key difference between the computer geeks of the 80s and the early 21st century Makers.
With a few notable exceptions, today’s most successful computer geeks grew up in wealthy families.
The first Macintosh computer cost $2,495– the equivalent of $5,752 today, if you adjust for inflation. That’s 51 times the price of littleBits!
Today’s Makers come from all kinds of different economic backgrounds.
Thanks to affordable, revolutionary tools like littleBits, anyone can learn valuable 21st century technology skills.
By the way, in case you haven’t noticed…
Companies aren’t looking for rule followers anymore.
Mind numbing “cubicle farms” are drying up– and boring, repetitive jobs are being handed off to robots and computers.
That’s why companies are looking for restless, inventive minds that are passionate about creation and innovation.
If you get your teen a littleBits set today, they’ll have the only tool they’ll need to become the next Steve Jobs, the next Bill Gates.
Here are just a few valuable skills your teen will learn with littleBits:
- Computational logic. In their future jobs, your son or daughter will likely work right alongside complex automated machines and robots. With littleBits, your teen will get their first taste of how robots “think.”
- Design mentality. Your son or daughter will rely on their logical left hemisphere to engineer a new gadget, but they’ll use their artistic right hemisphere to invent a compelling design that will attract social media buzz and likes.
- Programming language literacy. Even if programming isn’t your son or daughter’s main area of interest, familiarity with basic coding principles is an “evergreen” job skill that’s already very valuable.
- Novel, adaptive thinking. With more and more boring tasks being taken over by computer algorithms and automation, “outside the box” thinking will become even more sought after than it already is today. With littleBits, your teen can start building a portfolio that proves they can come up with cool ideas.
- Sense making. littleBits allows your son or daughter an opportunity to get a feel for how electronic components work. The intangible “sense making” skills they’ll acquire in the process will allow them to develop an intuitive knack for improving and upgrading complex devices.
- Cross cultural communication. When your teen starts making connections with bright Maker minds across the Atlantic and around the world, they’ll grow a global network of friends that will allow them to have more job opportunities later on in their lives.
- Web 2.0 research and collaboration. littleBits provides an opportunity for your teen to figure out how to learn new skills via social media platforms. If they get savvy about evaluating “how to” guides and instructional videos, they’ll be able to easily acquire new abilities when they’re ready to get that promotion or start a business.
- Transdisciplinary know-how. The experience of building a new gadget from the ground up will not only teach your kid about technology– it will also help them learn principles of marketing, design and other important subjects that they’ll need to impress employers.
- “Good old fashioned” entrepreneur skills. By learning how to build stuff with Makers via the web, your teen will develop the good work habits and social skills that they’ll need to succeed no matter what they decide to do with their lives.
Of course, littleBits does so much more than prepare your kid to compete for 21st century jobs…
As your teenager learns how to build littleBits gizmos, he or she will also:
- Make new friends. Makerspaces are full of friendly, bright kids that will influence your teen to stop being lazy and start creating cool stuff.
- Compete for Maker related college scholarships. A creative, original littleBits project could allow your teen to attend college for free. Universities across the country are now offering full rides to motivated Makers.
- Earn money and win prizes. littleBits is always hosting contests on Facebook and on their main website.
- Ponder real world problems. Techies around the world are now using littleBits to prototype machines that could help solve the planet’s most pressing social and economic issues.
- Rediscover their creative powers. All little kids love to make stuff, but that creative spark dims with time. With littleBits, your teen will build self-esteem and rediscover the power of their imagination.
- Acquire a love of helping others succeed. Once your teen becomes an experienced Maker, they’ll likely want to share their knowledge with others and contribute to complex coding projects.
- Develop their musical abilities. If your teen is passionate about music, they’ll love creating new kinds of far-out musical instruments with littleBits.
A construction set like no other…
I’ve been building robots since before it was cool. Also, I’ve reviewed dozens of electronics kits on this site.
But none of the sets I’ve seen have made the process of inventing electronic gadgets so simple… so easy… as littleBits now does.
The first time I tried littleBits, I was blown away by the craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into designing each component.
littleBits components are…
- Totally safe for teens and kids of all ages.
- Built to last.
- Super easy to use because they snap together.
- Backed up by the littleBits 100% satisfaction guarantee
Take a look at what these teens and young adults are saying about littleBits
The littleBits website is crammed full of testimonials from raving littleBits fans. Here’s what some of them had to say about the most innovative construction set ever built…
It was nice to have convenient size electronic building blocks, and a huge plus that no soldering was required.
Noah & Luke Magill – Orlando, Florida
I usually have a user experience in mind when I start– like what a “thing” does, how it’s interacted with by kids, and how it might be shared in a video.
Product designer Tan Tran – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
littleBits has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for what I can do with my imagination!
Luke Seeley – Vancouver, Washington
We love to take devices powered by littleBits into the countryside. Our dream bit would be a peltier module (TEG thermoelectric generator) power supply unit that we can use to power our littleBits creations in the wild.
Inventors Milind Sonavane & Sopan Sharma – Pune, India
I thought that this product will be a cool and easier way to build my homemade vending machines.
Sky Shin – California, USA
I have used littleBits to make my own custom synth with visuals that react to the sounds you make. And also to annoy my neighbors a lot.
Maria Molinero – Madrid, Spain
littleBits allows me to create circuits without the need for dangerous soldering or circuit boards.
Parker Maimbourg – Brooklyn, NYC
I see it really take flight when they mash up the Bits with the other stuff around them.
Tereza Nemessanyi & Margot and Marta Hulme – Pound Ridge, New York
littleBits has enabled me to make things that not only look cool, but DO cool things.
Mya Berkey – Illinois, USA
It opened the door to the world of live performance, which was something I had never done before.
Mattia Zucchelli – Boston, Massachusetts
You won’t believe how inexpensive it is!
As I shared earlier, in the 80s you had to pay thousands of dollars to bring cutting edge computer technology into your home.
But littleBits kits are nowhere near as pricey as the first PCs and Macs.
The democratic nature of littleBits is one reason why I’m such a huge fan of this product.
A Playstation console costs 3 times as much as most littleBits kits.
For way less than the price of a modern video game console, you can give your teen a construction set that will allow him or her to program and design their very own video games— or even build weird new video game hardware out of play dough!
The littleBits construction set is so powerful, so unique and so flexible that all other products like it pale in comparison.
But despite all the recent success that the brand has had, littleBits is struggling to overcome one major obstacle: our culture doesn’t know quite what to make of it.
Americans are trained to buy stuff.
That’s why the idea of kids building their own electronics products instead of buying them from the store seems kind of… weird.
Of course, you could always just keep doing what you’ve been doing. If the results you’re getting from giving your son or daughter factory made toys and games satisfies you, why try something new?
But if you want to give your kid a chance to transform from a passive electronics consumer into an active, creative producer… then it’s on you to show them the way.
You have to give them a tool that will give them the ability to make their own cool stuff.
Yes, there are other electronics kits out there that are cheaper than littleBits.
A few months back I reviewed a few budget electronics kits, and honestly they’re not all that bad.
But littleBits is so much better.
But which littleBits kit is the best?
My personal favorite littleBits kit is the Arduino Coding Kit. In my opinion, it’s the very best littleBits kit for teenagers because in addition to magnetic motors, servos and sensors it also comes with a programmable Arduino “brain.”
As your teenager learns how to program the littleBits “Arduino at Heart” module that comes with the Arduino Coding Kit, they’ll be picking up a popular and powerful programming language called C++.
Armed with C++ knowledge, your teenager will be able to land a high paying job with ease. (Burning Glass researchers found that jobs that require coding skills pay up to $22,000 per year more, on average.)
I could go on at length about this kit, but instead I’ll boil my review down to two words: pure fun.
There are a ton of crazy inventions your kid can make with it, right off the bat:
- Prank keyboards
- Etch-a-Sketch style drawing boards
- Video games
- And anything else you can build with an Arduino microcontroller.
Here’s a video from littleBits that shows off what your kid can do with an Arduino Coding Kit.
- Gives your teen an incredibly fun way to learn C++
- Inexpensive compared to other littleBits kits
- No tools necessary
- Awesome documentation and learning materials
- 100% compatible with the entire littleBits system
- Has a few motorized bits, but not as many as other kits
Does your teen have musical talent? If so, check out the littleBits Electronics Synth Kit
The littleBits Electronics Synth Kit is perfect for motivating “right brained” teens that love music.
It allows your teen to not only create music, but also design totally new kinds of instruments.
The main downside of this kit is that it doesn’t teach your kid a programming language. However, if your kid is a musician it will definitely spark their creativity and get them thinking about how to design new kinds of musical products.
Here are just a few musical gizmos you can build with this kit:
- Drum machines
- Guitar effects units
- DJ spin tables
- Sound effects boards
- And more…
For a taste of what the littleBits Synth Kit can do, check out this performance from Reggie Watts.
- Best kit for teens with musical talent
- Design and create innovative, professional quality electronic instruments
- Addictive fun
- Excellent instruction manual teaches kids the principles of sound
- 100% compatible with the entire littleBits system
- Doesn’t contain any moving parts (no motors, etc.)
- Doesn’t teach your teen programmings skills
- It’s $50 more expensive than the other basic littleBits kits
The littleBits CloudBit Starter Kit connects your teen’s gizmos to the internet
In my opinion, the CloudBit Starter Kit is not really a starter kit. It’s more of an expansion pack.
The best thing about this kit is CloudBit. CloudBit allows you to send and receive info from the web. You can do some truly innovative things with it.
However, there’s one big problem with this kit: it only comes with 6 bits. Also, it does not include my personal favorite bit, Arduino at Heart.
I don’t recommend using the CloudBit Starter Kit as a starter kit. But if you think of this kit as an expansion pack, you’ll probably be quite happy with it.
- Allows your teen to create gadgets that connect to the web
- It’ll transform the way your kid’s using littleBits if they already have a littleBits kit
- It’s one of the least expensive kits in the littleBits catalogue
- 100% compatible with the entire littleBits system
- This kit only contains 6 bits
- Doesn’t teach your teen programmings skills
- None of the bits are programmable
- It’s marketed as a starter kit, but it’s really more of an expansion kit
No risk! If littleBits doesn’t motivate your teen, just send it back and get a full refund
Before you hop over to Amazon and place your order, I’d like to tell you about the littleBits warranty and its generous return policy.
30 Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
If for some reason your teen doesn’t like littleBits, no problem. You can send your kit back to littleBits and get a full refund, no questions asked.
“Your happiness is guaranteed! We want you to be 100% satisfied with your littleBits products. All kits, individual modules and other products are eligible for return within 30 days of receipt, no questions asked!” Katie Saddlemire, Director of Business Operations at littleBits
90 Day Warranty
All littleBits components are protected by a 90 day warranty. If a bit breaks during that timeframe, all you have to do is send it back to the company– and a replacement part will appear on your doorstep a few days later.
Outstanding Customer Support
All the people that work for littleBits are super friendly and helpful. When littleBits first came out, I sent littleBits an email to ask for more detailed info about the system. Even though the company must have been super busy at the time, I got a prompt reply that came directly from the head PR Manager at littleBits that answered all my questions.
Where to buy other littleBits products
Want to buy individual littleBits components or check out other littleBits kits? If so, I recommend that you check out the littleBits store on Amazon first. Sometimes you can find awesome markdowns and discounts on Amazon that you can’t get anywhere else. You can sometimes find refurbished littleBits kits via Amazon, as well.
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