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Learn Coding through Play with the Sphero SPRK+ Robot Kit.
STEM and SPRK+
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and STEM products encourage kids to develop core skills in these areas. Best Buy carries products from basic learning games to advanced toys designed to stimulate a child’s mind in the STEM areas, helping to develop logic and problem solving skills.
That’s what is inside my new friend SPRK+- pretty amazing isn’t it?
What is SPRK+?
Learn coding through play with the Sphero SPRK+ robot kit. SPRK+ and the Lightning Lab app work together to introduce programming, robotics and other STEM principles. Teach the robot to navigate a maze, swim or paint, and collaborate with others around the world to share knowledge. The Sphero SPRK+ robot kit also includes a charging base and cable
Designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding, SPRK+ is far more than just a robot. Powered by the Lightning Lab app, you can easily learn programming, complete hands-on activities, and share your creations with the community.
- Sphero SPRK+
- Inductive charging base with USB charging cable
- Maze tape, 360 degree protractor and sticker sheet
- Bluetooth-enabled: Allows your to control your robot wirelessly.
- App-controlled: Free app provides control and/or enhanced gameplay on your smart device.
- Quick moving: SPRK+ moves over 4.5 mph.
- Did you know?
- SPRK+ is a great toy to play with in the house or on the go
- SPRK+ is a great way to infuse classroom-type learning outside of the classroom
- Some fun activities SPRK+ is programmed to do: navigate mazes, swim across water, be a magic 8 ball, and painting pictures
- Did you know?
I’m not sure who had more fun- the dogs or Justin and me! Sydney loved the lights in the ball and followed it around and even tried to chew it. Yes, it is dog-proof! She only scratched it a bit with her teeth, but if it can go in water, it can definitely take a few seconds of doggie love!
My Favorite Things about SPRK+
Coding has always been so simple for my son- after all, he grew up building MODs on Minecrafts, coding for different assignments at school and many other things. SPRK+, aka Sparky, is so easy to use, I didn’t even think about the fact that I was coding. It’s simple enough for beginners (like me) but sophisticated enough for experts (like my son). Lightning Lab empowers ANYONE to program their robot. I was able to click and drag the blocks and get Sparky on the move and teasing the dogs in less than 5 minutes. Of course, I wasn’t very good at randomly moving him around like my son was, but it was so much fun and rewarding to see the product of my code!
Programming made Easy!
The visual block-based programming app makes the basic principles of coding approachable and fun! You can toggle to the text-based viewer for a more advanced understanding of the C-based language. I will stick to the block-based programming. I guess it’s time I get with the program 🙂
The possibilities are ENDLESS with the SPRK+ robot! You can make mazes for it to solve, solar systems, paint with Sparky, use him in water and even use it as a Magic 8 Ball or Disco Light!
You can get your own Sparky robot from Best Buy!
MAKE. CODE. SHARE!
What activity would you do with your SPRK+ robot first? Let us know in the comments below!