What's fun, round, glows cool colors, and can be programmed from your smart phone? A SPRK+ programmable robot from Sphero! This cool toy encourages STEM skills and it is simple enough for a child to play with, and complex enough for an older kid to experiment with basic programming. You can direct the SPRK+ robot around your house using the touch screen app right from your phone, or program this fun sphere shaped robot to follow specific maneuvers that you set up from the SPRK Lightning Lab phone app. The SPRK+ robot can go anywhere a ball can go, make loops and turns, and even automatically decelerates and quickly comes to a stop when you take your finger off the screen.
The SPRK+ comes charged and it's easy to recharge with its USB-powered docking station. Just plug in the charging station, set the SPRK+ sphere on the charger, and it automatically charges. To connect your robot to your smart phone, you need to install the Sphero Lightning Lab app and then connect to the specific robot. In this case we connected our smart phone to the SPRK+ robot with the touch of a button. Hold your phone near the SPRK+ robot, and once connected it will light up.
You can change the SPRK+ glowing light color by selecting any color on the app's color wheel. Because the sphere is illuminated with LED lights, the color options are endless. Glowing color is always a super fun feature for an interactive kids' toy.
The SPRK+ moves with gyroscope-like motion that quickly accelerates and decelerates, and glows any color you want using LED lights. It's even waterproof so you can program its actions in a pool — it also floats. Powered by Bluetooth, this smart robot can be used on its own or used to maneuver other objects or vehicles that are built around it. The SPRK+ motor spins within a scratch resistant polycarbonate shell, allowing it to turn any direction, accelerate, and decelerate. The robot's sphere is transparent so you can see the motor and circuits working inside!
Within the app, you can connect to your robot to maneuver it manually, create your own coded program for the SPRK+, and view programs that others have uploaded in the Lightning Lab community. When you sign in, you can create an account as a Student to make, code, share and participate in activities, or as an Instructor to assign activities and manage classes. The SPRK+ is a great activity to use for school, after school classes, and home school classes to teach your kids hands-on math and programming concepts.
The Lightning Lab app includes programmable sounds to make it feel like your little coding buddy is beeping and booping. Also browse hundreds of free activities made by Sphero or by members of the community. Some of the projects use coding or offer races and others send your SPRK+ through a maze or use the robot to make art and paint a picture. A fun way to inspire kids to love technology!
The Lightning Lab offers zero code solutions so anyone can start programming the Sphero SPRK+ right out of the box without any prior coding experience. Programmable actions include changing the color of your SPRK+, turning the robot specific degrees, and executing tasks on action such as "on start", "on freefall", "on land", or setting commands for speed, heading, and vertical acceleration. You can try out the Lightning Lab's starter activities to get started with programming your SPRK+ robot.
Easily create a maze and program your SPRK+ robot to navigate the maze with command driven actions.
Bonus! The SPRK+ robot is a great way to encourage your baby to crawl. You're never too young for a Sphero robot! My little guy has a lot of fun chasing this robot around and apparently never gets tired of turning around to follow it. The Sphero SPRK+ robot is a fun way to introduce kids to science and technology and help them to begin to learn hands-on programming concepts and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills. It's also a fun toy for dad to get involved in educational play time with the kids.
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