Today I was introduced to Sphero. Sphero is a mini robot that you can control, programme and create with.
One of Sphero’s design strengths is its flexibility. You can be anything from a novice coder to a high-school computer student and still get something out of programming it. The orb’s app has a dual interface. Our students could use simple drag-and-drop balloon commands to make their Spheros move, but by swiping on a button they can also see some of the raw computer syntax that lay behind the commands—in Oval, a subset of the canonical programming language C. The balloon command “Set heading 178 degrees” reveals itself to be “controlSystemTargetYaw = 178” in Oval.
Through connected play and discovery, these mini robots can be used to challenge and inspire brilliant young minds. From math and science to programming and the arts, you can plan hands-on activities with this robot.
Connect to the Lightning Lab app to learn programming, complete activities, and get inspired through connected play and coding.