Programming isn't easy, but you don't need to be a rocket scientist to give kids a strong foundation. All you need is a Sphero. Sphero created the SPRK program because play is a powerful teacher. SPRK lessons give kids a fun crash course in programming while sharpening their skills in math and science. Download the free lessons below.
Each lesson will have a link that will prompt you to download a .zip file which is a compressed folder. Each folder contains PDFs with both Mac and PC instructions for the corresponding lesson. Simply download the file and go to your downloads. PC users can easily unzip the folder by right-clicking it, then selecting "Extract All." Mac users can unzip the folder simply by double-clicking it. If you prefer, you can also use a third party program. For assistance, please give us a call at 1-800-478-0672 or email us at email@example.com
Macrolab LessonsFrom polygons to percentages, CORE lessons explore the principals of math and science through programming. SPRK begins with MacroLab - a visual programming app.
MacroLab Lesson 1
MacroLab Lesson 2
MacroLab Lesson 3
MacroLab Lesson 4
MacroLab Lesson 5
STEM LessonsAfter completing CORE lessons, students will be equipped for STEM challenges. These multi-day experiments foster creative problem-solving and teamwork. Students concept, engineer, and build contraptions powered by Sphero and the programs they write as a group. After showcasing their creations to the class, open-ended discussions are held that explore which factors led some designs to outperform others. Each challenge has a teacher's guide to get the students thinking and a list of questions to challenge them as they work through the creative process.
STEM 1 - Chariot Challenge
STEM 2 - Bridge Building
STEM 3 - Hydro Hypothesis
STEM 4 - Maze Mayhem
Middle School CORE LessonsSPRK's middle school CORE lessons challenge students in grades 6-8 to act as real world engineers, ocean researchers, and emergency responders.
Middle School - Percent Error
Middle School - Ocean Research
Middle School - Next Gen Robots
Middle School - Assistive Device
Middle School - Multi-Directional Bowling
OrbBasic LessonsAfter completing the Middle School lessons, students will be ready for advanced lessons in OrbBasic - utilizing a powerful app for text-based programming. Each lesson has a step-by-step teacher guide, student guide, and worksheet.
OrbBasic Lesson 1
OrbBasic Lesson 2
OrbBasic Lesson 3
Free SPRK learning resources: SPRK Lightning Lab website (will require you to set up a login)
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