Sphero (formerly Orbotix) introduced a new version of its popular ball-shaped robot which specifically targets the education market.
The robot is called SPRK and comes with a series of apps and lessons that aim to teach coding and spark interest in science. SPRK has a clear shell, showing the inner workings of the robot.
To get teachers, parents and students into learning with SPRK, Sphero created three sets of lessons, CORE, Middle School and STEM Challenges. CORE lessons explore the principles of math and science through programming. Middle school lessons challenge students in grades 6-8 and are aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. STEM challenges are multi-day experiments foster creative problem-solving and teamwork.
SPRK is available in the United States for $130 and Sphero provides some assistance for teachers who are looking for funding and grants via the company website.
Founded in 2010, Sphero raised over $90 million in venture capital to date including Foundry Group and The Walt Disney Company.