Sphero looks like a BB 8, but it's a rolling robot that's been around for years.
It's also a programmable educational toy.
The education targeted Sphero Spark launched last year, along with an app that works with step by step programming, which can create and share educational plans with Teachers and students.
The new version, SPRK+, adds an anti-glare and anti-scratch coating, and faster tap to connect Bluetooth smart for educators using a bunch in classrooms.
If you haven't Sphero SPRK, it shows How much this $129 robot can do.
Painting, maze running, precise turning and this little ball is water proof and shock proof.
Spera has LED lights and inductive charging and its motors can make it spin at various speeds and directions.
Using Android IOS or Amazon tablets and phones To remote control it.
Unlike BB-8, Sphero is silent but the updated lightning labs app adds programmable sounds to make it feel like your little coding buddy is beeping and booping.
There are hundreds of free activities to browse and crowd created projects Curated by Sphero.
It's already in use in over 1,000 schools, and the new app has both Sphero and community created activities.
Some use coding or building and completing tasks like chariot or boat enclosures to win races, or design and completing a maze.
Others model systems like planetary motion, or use the Spheros to make art, or just dance.
A number of activities are designed as STEM challenges.
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It's another great example of that the coding toys for kids are everywhere.
And even without a class of my own to teach, they're pretty fun too.