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littleBits, Lucasfilm Kickoff Droid Inventor Competition

littleBits and Lucasfilm got together with Bay Area tech companies for the Star Wars Droidathon. The event featured new droids the companies had created to kickoff littleBits Competition: Droid Inventor Kit.

The contest has kids, families and fans introduce their droid ideas to other inventors. It’s open to participants in the U.S., UK and Canada, and runs Nov. 15-Jan. 10.

Kelly Marie Tran with inventors of tomorrow

Kelly Marie Tran meets young inventors at the Droidathon.

Star Wars has always expanded kids’ imaginations and inspired them to see what is possible,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “We’re excited to collaborate with all these incredible companies and littleBits to showcase the power of STEAM in action and inspire the next generation of inventors.”

Qualifying competition submissions will be judged by Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran with littleBits founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir and Kennedy.

“We believe the two best way to inspire kids about STEAM is through fun and role models. What could be more fun and inspiring than seeing the world’s top innovators and role models creating the weirdest Droids anyone has ever seen?” said Bdeir. “We’re thrilled to work together to inspire kids of all ages, backgrounds, genders and interests to become tomorrow’s change-makers.”

For more information on the littleBits Competition and photos of the Droidathon event check here.

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