5th Grade Robotics Class

Sphero SPRK+ is a robot ball that helps teach kids how to program, from the block-based coding to basic and complex text-based coding. Sphero has a bunch of fun apps that let you control the ball via a Chromebook or tablet. SPRK is equipped with Bluetooth and has a transparent, yet strong coating on the outside of the shell.

There are many great ways for kids to learn how to code. The simple event-driven programming language Scratch has many free online resources, and is introduced to 4th and 5th graders to coding as part of our library’s Hour of Code activities. Sphero SPRK adds a spin on learning how to code. The block-based coding language requires no previous experience of programming but kids who know a little Scratch will start faster than complete novices. Coding blocks give students drag-&-drop actions (color, spin, move, change angle of direction, speed, etc.) in simple blocks from an app menu. Block commands lock together in the order they are placed. The blocks can be easily changed around. Sensors give students feedback about heading, speed, and vertical acceleration, so students can other actions, such as color change at a programmed speed.

There are several apps Sphero SPRK uses to stimulate imaginations, creativity and coding know how.

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