Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sphero Golf!

Swanson Straits logo modified from Whistling Straits Golf Course.
If you have not explored Sphero Balls, today is the day to check them out! Sphero is a robotic ball that pairs with your iPad or Smartphone. Using a variety of apps, you can manipulate the ball's movement through coding, programming, or a simple finger swipe. I love Spheros because they are easy to use and content integration is totally accessible by teachers at all levels. Spheros emphasize the power of play in our classroom, something we're always looking for more of in our world!

We brought the joy of Sphero into our classroom today with another engaging collaboration day with Mike Mohammad and his BCHS students. Y'all may be tired of hearing about our days together, but we are definitely not tired of having fun together! Because of the size of our group (50 students) we decided to divide up the time together into two rotations.

ROTATION #1: SPHERO GOLF
Being a golf lover myself, this morning is definitely ranking up there as one of my favorites of the year!  Mike's students came to "Swanson Straits" a little early to turn our Library Media Center into a 10 hole mini golf course. Our 5th graders were divided into teams and spent the morning playing all 10 holes of golf with the Sphero balls. Even a few grown ups enjoyed "teeing off" and giving it a try. It is waaaay harder than it looks. The Sphero Golf app is fun because it allows you to choose your club, determine the distance needed, and then tee off. The kids didn't tell me that when I started playing, so I was using my putter for most of my hole....urrrghhh! I made up for it in future holes, don't worry! 



ROTATION #2: POLYGON NAVIGATION 
In addition to the mini golf, our students also explored the Lightning Lab app. This app allowed our 5th graders to program the Sphero ball to navigate around a series of polygons taped onto the floor of our Makerspace. As the students approached each shape, they had to use the app to program the Sphero to trace the edges of each polygon. Students quickly realized they had to adjust their team's programming, through trial and error, in order to correctly navigate the polygon path. They had to create roll combinations, including the direction, speed, and the number of seconds they wanted it to move. They had to repeat this for each edge of the polygon. This rotation was much more challenging for our students, but they practiced their perseverance and grit to work through the different polygons. 

Although we only dabbled with a few of the Sphero Apps this morning, there are ton of options out there for students. I know there are many more out there, but these looked fun to me. Feel free to comment below with other apps you've used in your classroom!Below is a list of apps your students may find enjoyable: 
  • Sphero
  • Sphero Lab
  • Sphero Golf
  • Lightning Lab
  • Sphero Draw N' Drive
  • Sphero Exile


What an incredibly fun morning! We can not tell you how much we value our collaboration days together. A HUGE THANK YOU to Mike and his students! No matter how much we rant and rave, they'll never realize how much we value this time together. Not only do we laugh and play and have ridiculous amounts of fun, these days spark an interest and curiosity in the minds of our 5th graders. Collaboration days introduce our students to passions they may not even realize they have. The enthusiasm in our space this morning was infectious, and none of us wanted the morning to end! We can't wait to bring our Sphero balls back out in our upcoming Geometry unit.

Until next time...

~ Kate

19 comments:

  1. imagine device in the world
    https://youtu.be/wUC9XI1JABE
    watch & subscribe

    ReplyDelete
  2. very cool device
    https://youtu.be/wUC9XI1JABE
    watch & subscribe

    ReplyDelete
  3. I find it really nice for children to teach team work.
    Team building write for us

    ReplyDelete
  4. Civil Law Assignment Help stands for the branch of law in which the law is not limited to things people and relationships that they may develop among them. It excludes not only the criminal law but also Commercial as well as Labour Law.

    Read More Blog : https://bit.ly/3ugJbCY

    ReplyDelete
  5. It is important for students to get Online Assignment Help in the United States to ensure they get the best marks by submitting content that is properly written in the right format and with the relevant data. Our assignment help experts in the USA who are experienced in writing top-notch quality content within a short period of time.

    ReplyDelete
  6. cricket tips 11.Instant Paytm Withdrawal Fantasy Power 11 Fantasy Cricket Best App Download Best Fantasy Cricket App in India & win Cash visit Fantasy Cricket Best Website know more Fantasy Cricket Tips. Download Fantasy Power 11

    ReplyDelete
  7. We know that most of people are very confuse to the blockchain Sometimes someone is troubled due to the error of the wallet of his blockchain, and sometimes due to the trouble of any related blockchain. but don't worry now we are available any time for blockchain support

    ReplyDelete
  8. Assam Career | Jobs in Assam | Jobs in Guwahati | Assam Tips
    Assam Tips is the trusted website to find latest jobs in Assam. Get information on govt jobs in Assam
    job in assam

    ReplyDelete
  9. Northeast Jobs website provided for Latest Employment News of State and Central Government Recruitment, Jobs in Guwahati and Assam Tech Info Vacancy

    North East Career

    ReplyDelete
  10. I found this article to be extremely helpful. Thank you. Twitch Giveaway is a highly competitive platform. At any given time, thousands of broadcasters compete to attract new viewers. You can encourage viewers to visit your Twitch Giveaway by offering a giveaway. best twitch giveaway set up guide 2021

    ReplyDelete
  11. Maden helt i top - fremragende vin - take away frederiksberg service perfekt. Alle spørgsmål blev besvaret. Stemningen på en varm fredag aften var som at være i Athen.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thank you for sharing this very fantastic blog, I’m extremely impressed with your auspicious writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Thanks for sharing this informative post. Check how to purchase gaposa HND admission form

    ReplyDelete
  13. this was very amazing discount code and delivery much better experience visit at the Hoverboard 360 Coupon

    ReplyDelete
  14. A Premier Website for Latest Government and Private Sector Jobs, Recruitment, Vacancies and Sakori in Assam and North East India States. Northeast Jobs is a leading online career and recruitment source with a contemporary technology that provides relevant career to job seekers across industry.

    Arunachal Pradesh Job Portal
    Assam Career
    Manipur Job Portal
    Meghalaya Job Portal
    Mizoram Job Portal
    Nagaland Job Portal
    Sikkim Job Portal
    Tripura Job Portal
    North East Job

    ReplyDelete
  15. That is incredibly useful information, and I have never found it on a blog before. I was looking for something like that and found it on your blog. Several very famous games such as Starcraft and Warcraft have inspired this test. See this article on increasing your action speed. Action Per Minute Test

    ReplyDelete
  16. Very interesting, and very well written. Thanks for sharing the details. I would like to share the latest article with you about online mouse test Please comment with your thought after reading the article.Thanks.

    ReplyDelete

  17. Programming help: Programming homework is different from other subjects' assignments. They are not worded dependent rather based on fluent working on the systems. Our professional programmers will provide you 100 per cent working codes for homeworkhelp.services assignments that you can easily run on almost all operating systems.

    ReplyDelete


  18. Total Packaging Success & Satisfaction custom box packaging custom packaging solutions are designed to help businesses make an impact with their brand by equipping everything they need to build their ideal personalized packaging.

    ReplyDelete
  19. This a fantastic blog, well organized with content as per the reader’s interest, a very clear description of terms, and a valuable source of data, looking forward to more of your useful updates, thanks for sharing. approved registration fee schedule for abu students

    ReplyDelete