Sphero SPRK Edition helps children shape their own future as they see their programming skills take hold of transparent robo-ball

It's a little plastic ball, but it's anything but simple. Instead, it's a Bluetooth-connected robot that responds to your commands from your smartphone or tablet. Make it roll, spin, turn, or change color. Though around since 2011, Sphero is tapping into new ways of inspiring kids to explore robotics and coding through the Sphero SPRK Edition.

Sphero SPRK (pronounced “spark”) uses the robotic ball to get kids to apply principles they learn in classrooms. Kids learn to program Sphero to go certain directions at certain speeds for certain lengths of time. They can make it follow paths to demonstrate their grasp of geometry, or change speed to see how percentages work.

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