Over the weekend, do you find yourself with nothing to do? Are you bored of your old toys lying around in the basement? Do you need more fun and adventure with something more technologically-driven but still fits your interests? Look no further than Sphero, a robotic ball that can be controlled at the touch of your fingertips!
Sphero can move around in different directions when controlled via Bluetooth by apps on an iOS or Android device, including phones and tablets. Sphero can travel up to 4.5 mph, has a connectivity range of 30 meters, and stands out with its LED glow, durability, and waterproof casing.
Sphero can perform all kinds of rotations, flips, jumps, and much more; the list is endless as to what kinds of tricks you can control your Sphero to do! On the App Store and on Google Play, there are a number of apps that can be used to control Sphero from your device.
Sphero in the High School Classroom
“At first, I was really pumped about doing the project because I thought it would be super easy. It ended up being extremely complicated and took a lot more brain power than I thought." - Meg
Sphero can also be used in the classroom. At the end of February, pre-calculus students Sanah Munir and Meg SmolikHagen used the device for a math project on vector coordinates. Using the Sphero Macrolab app to control the Sphero via iPad, the students were able to program the robotic ball to dance to the beat of the song “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.
Sphero Draw n’ Drive
Sphero Macrolab (RECOMMENDED)
Arcade, augmented reality, and more
The Rolling Dead
Regarding the process of using Sphero, Sanah Munir says, “This project was truly a wonderful learning process. I had worked with Sphero earlier when I had taken it home as part of Tech Team over Christmas Break, but I truly understood its utility in the classroom after using it for the math class project. I feel that Sphero is a wonderful tool that should be used by more teachers and students throughout the school district."
Blog post written by Sanah and Sabah Munir, HS Student Tech Team