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There’s no rule that says learning shouldn't be fun, or that playing can’t be valuable. If there is, we created the SPRK program to break it. We know that kids love Sphero, so we turned that love into learning and creation. SPRK makes the skills of the future approachable and practical. And most importantly, fun.

Resources on this site were obtained from SPRK Education Program website
"SPRK Education Program | Sphero Connected Toys." 2015. 28 Oct. 2015 <__http://www.sphero.com/education__>



Getting Started:

  1. Label your Spheros, stands, and the iPad you've paired them with.
  2. Only pair one Sphero with one iPad.
  3. Download the following apps:
  4. Start by orienting the Sphero so that the tail light is in the circle. That'll make it easier to drive!
  5. In the Sphero apps (SPRK and MacroLab), there are some sample codes. Use these to help you learn the code.
    • The Run command or Play button will run the steps.
    • Look at what Sphero does, then look at the corresponding code.
    • Challenge yourself to modify the code to have a desired affect
      • make a turn sharper or wider
      • make the speed slower or faster
      • change the colors
      • make the distance longer or shorter
  6. Troubleshooting: Visit the SPRK Help Site

iOS Sphero Coding Apps

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Lessons

Whether you’re an educator or a parent, SPRK lessons give kids a fun crash course in programming while sharpening STEAM and critical thinking skills. SPRK is built for all ages and skill levels, spanning the discovery of shapes and colors to advanced coding and app creation. Dig into the activities and see for yourself.

Core Lessons
From polygons to percentages, CORE lessons explore the principals of math and science through programming. SPRK begins with MacroLab - a visual programming app. After completing five MacroLab lessons, students will be ready for advanced lessons in OrbBasic - a powerful app for text-based programming. These lessons align with the national Common Core Curriculum for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Each lesson has a step-by-step teacher guide, student guide and worksheet.
Resources on this site were obtained from SPRK Education Program website
"SPRK Education Program | Sphero Connected Toys." 2015. 28 Oct. 2015 <__http://www.sphero.com/education__>

Middle School Lessons
SPRK's middle school CORE lessons challenge students in grades 6-8 to act as real world engineers, ocean researchers, and emergency responders.
Resources on this site were obtained from SPRK Education Program website
"SPRK Education Program | Sphero Connected Toys." 2015. 28 Oct. 2015 <__http://www.sphero.com/education__>

STEM Challenge Lessons
After completing CORE lessons, students will be equipped for STEM challenges. These multi-day experiments foster creative problem-solving and teamwork. Students concept, engineer, and build contraptions powered by Sphero and the programs they write as a group. After showcasing their creations to the class, open-ended discussions are held that explore which factors led some designs to outperform others. Created with teachers in mind, most of the additional materials required can be found around the classroom. Each challenge has a teacher’s guide to get the students thinking and a list of questions to challenge them as they work through the creative process.
Resources on this site were obtained from SPRK Education Program website
"SPRK Education Program | Sphero Connected Toys." 2015. 28 Oct. 2015 <__http://www.sphero.com/education__>