A few years ago, Sphero, a connected play company based in Boulder, Colorado, began an experiment to prove that play could be a powerful teacher. The company took its flagship product – an app-enabled robotic ball – and combined it with programming challenges, eventually reaching new heights with the support of teachers and a growing online community. Today, that experiment has taken on a life of its own. Sphero’s ongoing commitment to education now has a name – Sphero Edu

While coding is at the core of everything the company does, Sphero Edu goes far beyond simple coding by incorporating robotics and technology with collaborative STEAM activities, nurturing students’ imaginations in ways no other education program can.

Designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding, Sphero Edu’s SPRK+ is far more than just a robotic ball. Equipped with Bluetooth LE and a strong scratch-resistant UV coating, SPRK+ takes hands-on learning up a notch – simply tap your smart device to connect and you’re on your way to discovery. The clear shell allows you to see the robot’s inner tech (a printed circuit board, gyroscope, accelerometer, motors, etc.), fostering kids’ interest in robotics and engineering. 

Robot? Check. Connect with a smart device, you say? That’s right. Download the Sphero Edu app to start programming your robot. 

Designed for learner progression, the Sphero Edu app has options for those new to coding, seasoned veterans, and everyone in between. Beginners can give robots commands by drawing a path in the app for their robot to follow. Intermediate coders can drag and drop code blocks to learn more advanced logic, while pros can use text programming and write their own JavaScript. Yes, JavaScript – the most popular web programming language in the world. 

In addition to programming three different ways, the Sphero Edu app is also accessible from almost any platform. You can program using various iOS or Android devices, download the Chrome app on Chromebooks, and more. The interactive platform allows you to keep track of your class or group from one easy place. Anyone can save his or her progress, jump from device to device, and continue the discovery from anywhere.

The Sphero Edu app was built for makers, students, instructors, and parents. Aside from the programming canvases, the app is full of creative, hands-on activities designed to expand imaginations, help shape a brighter future, and take the skills of the future beyond just code. The activities were created to be cross-platform, cross-curricular, and STEAM-centric, while also heavily incorporating the 4C’s: collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication.

Teach your robot to navigate a maze, program a painting, mimic the solar system, swim across the water, have a dance party…. The only limit is your imagination. Join the Sphero Edu community to inspire and be inspired, and check out over 150 coding activities – and counting. 

Sphero Edu provides a toolset that is unbounded in its potential. Rather than limit young minds and place them on an established path, it knocks down the barriers and lets students forge their own…because sometimes the best lessons are the ones we teach ourselves. While coding and 21st-century skills are necessary, Sphero Edu is transforming education by going above (and beyond) code. 

Sphero also sells SPRK+ bots by the dozen in the SPRK+ Power Pack. Charge, store, and carry 12 SPRK+ robots at a time with the premium kit for educators using the Sphero Edu program. 

Going to ISTE? Meet the Sphero Edu team and learn more about all things #BeyondCode at Booth #800.