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Sphero SPRK Edition

Sphero SPRK is a spherical robot that can be programmed by a range of apps (more than 30 available) on devices including tablets and smartphones. SPRK stands for schools, parents, robots, kids. The robot shell is water proof and is made of tough, transparent polycarbonate, allowing students to see the relationship between their commands and the electric motor and LEDs inside. Sphero can reach speeds of more than two metres per second, making programming and learning robotics fun and dynamic.

Combine simple commands like roll, flip, spin, and colour changes to create more complex instructions for your robot to follow. Save your own programs and revisit them any time you want.

How do I use a Sphero?

The Sphero SPRK can be used to introduce people to coding and robotics, as you can control the robot in real-time by tracing a path on the app with your finger (using the Draw and Drive app). For intermediate levels you can introduce block-based programming (Lightning Lab or Macrolab apps). More advanced programmers can use programming languages including Basic and Oval code (based on C language).

What is Sphero SPRK Edition?

Video length: 2 minutes

Sphero SPRK Edition unboxing and programming

Video length: 8 minutes

This video indicates how easy it is to use Sphero SPRK Edition.

For more on learning with Sphero SPRK, visit the website and download classic PDF lessons.

An introduction to learning with Sphero  (PDF 104.4 KB)

Be creative in your library

You can program the robot to navigate mazes, create works of art with finger paints (the robot is water proof), change colours and drive over bridges and up ramps. You can adapt this Sphero Activity Planner for use in your library.

Workshop plans that link to STEAM outcomes:

More lessons available from http://www.sphero.com/education

Western Downs Libraries has conducted one hour Sphero SPRK programming for their community. View their workshop plan  (PDF 24.4 KB).

You can adapt this Activity Planner template  (DOCX 72.6 KB) for use in your library. To share your workshop ideas or other creative library activities you develop, contact us at regionalpartnerships@slq.qld.gov.au

How can I get a Sphero?

Current suppliers in Queensland include Education Technology Specialists.

Last updated
4th May 2017