National Robotics Week is April 6-13, 2024

As Robotics Week (April 6-14) approaches, I encourage teachers to explore the exciting world of robotics by checking out Sphero robots from the Prairie Lakes AEA lending library. These interactive robots offer a unique opportunity for students to engage with technology, enhance their coding skills, and ignite a passion for innovation and creativity in a fun, hands-on learning environment. Don't miss this chance to bring cutting-edge technology into your classroom and inspire the next generation of tech enthusiasts! Instructions on how to access the Lending Library can be found here

Sphero Indi
An approachable, entry-level learning robot suitable for ages 4 and up, indi inspires imaginative, play-based learning. It empowers kids to design and build their own mazes, creating opportunities to learn the basics of coding, solve problems, and nurture computational thinking skills. The Indi Class Pack includes: 8 indi robots, 8 durable student cases, 1 charging case (for storing and charging up to 8 indi robots), 1 Educator Guide Book, 1 classroom tote, 160 durable silicone color tiles (20 per student case), 8 sets of 15 Beginner's Programming Challenge Cards (15 per student case), and 8 charging cables.
Call No: 012952

Sphero Bolt
Sphero BOLT's eye-catching, programmable 8x8 light matrix offers an endless array of coding and gaming capabilities. Utilize advanced sensors to track speed, acceleration, and direction, or effortlessly drive BOLT using its compass, eliminating the need to aim the robot. BOLT also features infrared communication, enabling it to 'talk' with other BOLTs. Equipped with Bluetooth SMART and a durable, scratch-resistant shell, this robot's robustness matches its intelligence.
Sphero Bolt Power Pack 15 bots    Call No: 059668
Sphero Bolt Six Pack Call No: 012703

Sphero RVR
The Sphero RVR is a highly durable robot, ideal for both absolute beginners in the upper elementary grades and advanced hackers at the high school level. What sets the Sphero RVR apart from others is its onboard power port, which allows users to connect Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Micro:bit, or littleBits electronics. These robots are equipped with robust tank track wheels for maneuverability and are packed with a multitude of sensors. The RVR is capable of bot-to-bot communication, which is especially useful with this 5-pack of robots. Sphero RVR is compatible with Chrome, Mac, PC, iOS, Android, and Kindle devices. The robot can be controlled using Draw and Drive, Scratch blocks, or JavaScript.

Call No: 012709