Amy Murch is a 4th grade teacher at Brooks School Elementary in Hamilton Southeastern Schools. She is a HSE 21 Technology Coach and teaches in a 1:1 ipad pilot classroom. You an connect with her on Twitter @TeamMurch4 and on Skype at Mrs.Murch4.
My students have been using Sphero robots this year for math, science, art, social studies and coding. Sphero, an innovative company out of Boulder, Colorado, has created a robotic ball that is not only fun but also facilitates learning in multi-curricular areas. Students control these robots with their devices, using several apps and a web platform for intentional instruction. Last summer at the Hamilton Southeastern Learning Fair, the company sent representative and presented on this new inventive and creative tool that can be used in classrooms. Teachers from all over the district were ignited with new ideas for incorporating this device into their classrooms for the upcoming school year.
This fall, I had the opportunity to collaborate with our art teacher, Mrs. Flynn, on a painting project with these robots. We decided to investigate the capability of the Sphero being waterproof and virtually indestructible. Students learned about Jackson Polluck, an abstract expressionism artist who is known for his drip paintings. We set up large pieces of wood that served as barriers for the paper canvases; students designed their color schemes and explored two different apps (Sphero Draw N' Drive and Sphero) that would control the robot while they painted. It was magical. We were hooked on the possibilities of this device.
https://sprk.sphero.com/dashboard for other activities and projects created by educators from around the country. Both of these projects are featured on the website with photos, videos and step-by-step instructions for implementation into your classroom.