Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sphero!


Ms. Siviski’s class have been learning about degrees and how they are used to measure angles in math. To help them further understand these concepts, the students are programming robots! The robots they are using are called Spheros. They are small spherical balls that can be programmed with a Chromebook or an iPad using a block programming language. After a brief introduction on how to program the Spheros the students started to use their math skills to move Sphero! Working in small groups, students were given different challenges for Sphero to complete.  In order to complete the challenge Sphero must be programmed correctly using commands the robot understands (Roll, Change Speed, Heading, Degrees, Spin, etc.). Each of the commands has additional variables that must be programmed properly, such as, the correct number of degrees when turning. The final challenge will be for students to figure out how to “go bowling” with Sphero. The catch? Sphero will not be able to go down a traditional straight lane, it will have to navigate an obstacle course to knock down the pins!