Teacher Review For SPRK Lightning Lab - Programming for Sphero Robots

Make Coding a Ball!

Sarah P.
Teacher Expert - Educational Technology / IT Collaborator
Anchorage School District
Anchorage, AK
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English Language Learning
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Use the SPRK Lightening Lab App with your Sphero robot and begin exploring with block based coding. Teachers can propose challenges using Sphero to get students engaged while using academic language in context. For example a teacher could challenge students code the ball to rotate and revolve around and a fixed object. Teachers could also tape angles with different measurements on the floor, the students could measure the angles, and then code the robot to trace the angle. The integration ideas are endless. If you are stuck, the SPRK Lightening Lab has a bank of activities to get the creative juices flowing! https://sprk.sphero.com/?next=&
My Take
The Sphero robot and SPRK app have a lot of promise as a teaching tool in the classroom. It would be difficult to use this to the full potential with only one Sphero robot. I would recommend one robot for every two students.