Coding has turned into a kid-targeted playground lately. There are different sources that use different fun methods to teach fundamentals of coding to kids. Some of them are Minecraft for Education (Microsoft, code.org), Apple’s Swift Playgrounds, and Sphero SPRK robot (say “spark”).
About Sphero SPRK+
Designed to educate and inspire children through connected play and coding, the next-gen SPRK+ is now tough, scratch and shock resistant and water proof! So now you don’t have to worry if your kids drop it anywhere.
It can be controlled by the Lightning App, the SPRK+ teaches fundamental programming through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & design, math) activities.
The updated version of Lightning App comes with more than 150 new fun exercises & projects that feel like interactive lesson plans & the app is available on the App Store, Google Play, or Amazon Appstore.
How Sphero SPRK+ works?
Using the Lightning App available across different mobile platforms, users can connect their phones with Sphero SPRK+ via Bluetooth connectivity just by tapping their device with Sphero SPRK+ (tap-to-pair).
Users can go through many activities given in the App, some of which are explained step-by-step coding that’s simple drag and drop, while others involve thinking how to use Sphero’s motions creatively to complete that task.
Sphero has transparent cover, and inside of it there are LED lights & motors which make it spin at various speeds and directions, using Android, iOS or Amazon Fire tablets and phones to remote-control it. It gets powered by inductive charging and has a battery life of about 60 minutes.
The Sphero SPRK+ is mostly silent, but the updated Lightning App adds programmable sounds to make it feel like your robot is beeping and booing.
How to buy one?
The SPRK+ is now available to buy for $129 directly from Sphero. One can buy a single ball or in bulk( for schools and academic programs). And it is also available at certain US retailers including, Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, Brookstone, Target, ThinkGeek, and Toys R Us.
The Sphero SPRK+ is physical, programmable, and kinetic. Users can make messy paintings with it, play games, learn fractions, division, addition etc. using SPRK+, which is a real fun learning experience for kids!
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