The beloved Spheros. My students and I just finished our first round of Technology Club last Thursday. We used four Spheros (Thanks Sphero!) and the Sphero SPRK Curriculum every Wednesday and Thursday after school and had a ball (yes, pun intended) learning. Over the next couple of weeks I can't wait to share what my students have learned from the SPRK Lessons over the last six weeks through their drawings, worksheets, pictures, and videos.
So you might be asking, what exactly did we do with the Spheros in my class. Well besides the obvious answer of amazing things, we learned about patterns, color, text-based programming, percentages, geometry, time, speed, distance, mean, median, mode, problem-solving, teamwork, and other concepts of math and science. The lessons that we used in my class align with the Common Core Curriculum for 3rd-5th grade. Each lesson had a step by step guide for teachers, students, and there was also a worksheet for most lessons where students would create their own programs or solve math problems. With these great resources, it was easy to implement the program into my classroom.
I know what you're thinking, you saw that the curriculum is aligned for 3rd-5th but you don't teach those grade think you can't use this in your classroom. Pssshhh wrong my friend! I challenge you to try and use this in your own class no matter what grade you teach. Don't forget that when you are doing those awesome lessons in your class, you will definitely have to share. (Send a tweet to @spheroedu #spheroedu #SPRK when you share those wicked lessons!)
Lastly, I can't wait to use Sphero in my own classroom instead of just Technology Club. All of my students should have access to this amazing technology, I can't wait to see what we do with it!
A special shout out to my friend Sam Patterson (@SamPatue) who showed me the way of the Spheros over the summer and now has my students and I addicted. I thank you every single time I take them out, the students are so excite. I am so thankful for you help and support.
All my love,
Sara Boucher is a Robotics and Computer Programming Teacher in Los Lunas, NM who is developing her own set of super geeks.