The Bitified City of the Future #bitify

by Amsterdam_International

Published on December 3, 2014

The Maker Club at the International School of Amsterdam in the Netherlands was stoked with the challenge of bitifying a city, after they completed their hack-o-lantern projects for Halloween.

For the #bitify your city project, we decided to build various landmarks from around the world that we envision in a futuristic utopian society.

The landmarks we built were:
-The London Eye powered by Littlebits
-Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan illuminated with Littlebits
-The Tower of the Future illuminated with Littlebits
-Lego helicopter
-Cars powered by Littlebits

Credits: Students at the Maker Club at the International School of Amsterdam

How To Make It


Begin with a group brainstorm to see what kind of city you should build. We decided that each person should build their own monument for a "future city"


Then, begin prototyping your monument. For us, we used thick, white construction paper with black magic markers.


Then, we decided on a scale, so that our buildings would be realistic.


Next, we started building both in groups, and individually using various Legos, Lego Mindstorms, and Littlebits.


The Brick Adapter was used to ensure that the Legos and Littlebits could connect.


Some monuments included installations to house the Littlebits batteries, such as the Tower of the Future, the Teotihuacan Pyramid of the Moon, and the cars. 


We also took a special step for the IAmsterdam sign! We vacuum sealed the Littlebits with help from the Food Tech teacher. Then, we submerged the Littlebits in water, in order to illuminate the IAmsterdam sign, just like the original at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.


In order to film our video, we used the "Green Screen" app, and used a photo from Star Wars to project behind our city.


We also wrote a script for our video, and a storyboard. We then designated acting roles to our club members.


Finally, we edited the video using iMovie on the iPad, and posted it online.

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