IRC Tools Spotlight: The Sphero

How do you teach P-12 students the future of technology? Programming, robotics, math. The GRU Instructional Resource Center has a new way: the Sphero.

The Sphero is a way of teaching beginning robotics to students. The study of robotics is a way to incorporate all four aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in an engaging manner for students.

Sphero is a water- and crash-proof instrument that allows the student to explore the world of robotics. This round ball can be controlled with a variety of apps, using a smartphone or tablet. The controller can also adjust the color, speed and pathway of the ball.

The CORE lessons provided with Sphero are aligned with the National Common Core Curriculum for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Sphero’s ease of use and lack of wires make it superior to other beginning robotic tools.

If you would like to try out Sphero for yourself, stop by the Instructional Resource Center in University Hall, Room 249. Click here to learn more: http://www.gosphero.com/education/

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