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Sphero Robots for Physics and Coding

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School:
Pinellas Park Middle School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Sarah Swoch 
Students Impacted:
140 
Grade:
Date:
November 4, 2019

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Raymond James Financial - $1,019.76

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Goal

My goal is to provide engaging technology students can use to learn more about science through hands-on experiences.  

 

What will be done with my students

Sphero robots have sensors inside them that can map distance, velocity, and acceleration. Students must use code blocks to develop a program for the robot to run. After developing the code blocks they can run the program and Sphero Edu App will graph the course the robot ran. Students will link the graphs to the real-life motion of the Sphero. From this data, students can link graphical representations of motion to the actual motion.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Students often struggle to understand how a graphical representation of data transfers to real-life motion. Through this activity, students will get to use technology that they have to learn to program in order to create real-life data to examine. The Sphero robots are unique and something students often have not seen before. The novel experience inspires students to be engaged with the content, far more than if I were to just present them with graphs and ask them to explain what is happening. Students will also get some experience coding, which is a marketable skill.

The robots themselves can be run using iPads I already have in my classroom. The accelerometer and gyroscope will provide many opportunities for students to analyze motion data. The Sphero BOLT also has an infrared sensor, magnetometer, and light sensor to make additional observations. The jump ramps and terrain packs will allow students to safely analyze data for falling objects and movement on an incline.  

 

Describe the Students

Pinellas Park Middle School is a Title I school that serves free breakfast and lunch to all students.
My students are 18% Asian, 11% Black, 22% Hispanic, 7% Mixed, and 42% White.
13 students have 504 plans, 12 are ESE students, 3 speak Arabic, 1 speaks Bengali, 1 speaks Khmer, 1 speaks French, 1 speaks German, 1 speaks Italian, 1 speaks Laotian, 14 speak Spanish, and 14 speak Vietnamese at home.  

 

Budget Narrative

A kit of 6 Sphero SPRK+ and 6 covers for the robots with a terrain pack, maze tape, and jump ramps to study motion. The Sphero Bolt has a higher price than the SPRK+ but also has a longer run time and additional sensors that can help advanced students investigate more questions. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Half Dozen Kit (6 Spheros and covers) $799.80
2 Sphero Terrain Pack $24.99
3 Sphero Edu Maze Tape $24.99
4 Jump Ramps $19.99
5 Sphero Bolt $149.99
  Total: $1,019.76

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