BY Rebecca Solway
West Tisbury School (Martha’s Vineyard)
Funds from this grant would be used to purchase three Sphero SPRK+ kits. This is a coding/robotics kit for my Engineering and Technology classes. Designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding, SPRK+ is far more than just a robot. Powered by the Sphero Edu app, kids can easily learn programming, complete hands-on activities, and share their creations with the community.
Sphero Edu and SPRK+ will allow students to collaborate with other users around the globe. Equipped with Bluetooth SMART and a strong scratch-resistant UV coating, SPRK+ takes hands-on learning up a notch. SPRK+ will foster a love of robotics, coding, and STEAM.
Designed for learner progression, the Sphero Edu app allows students to program their robot 3 different ways.
Beginners can draw paths that represent code for their robot to follow. Intermediate coders can utilize the Scratch
How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
The project will be evaluated by student enthusiasm and engagement with the robot. If it is successful I will order more for next year.
Benefit to the students and the school
Students benefit from hands on learning, and the Sphero SPRK is a great tool for that. It teaches coding, engineering, collaboration and other skills. This would be for students in grades 4-8 at all different levels.
Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
I would use these kits as soon as I got them.