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Sphero and ozobots

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Presented by Alison Tseng, atseng@aapld.org, Algonquin Public Library

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Sphero and ozobots

  1. 1. Spheros tinkerfolks@gmail.com http://tinkergroup.wordpress.com @TinkerGroup facebook.com/tinker.folks tinkerfolks@gmail.com http://tinkergroup.wordpress.com @TinkerGroup facebook.com/tinker.folks Ozobots Cost: Level of difficulty: Age group: All ages Size of group: 24 kids Program duration: 1 hour Prep time: Low-Medium Staffing: 1-2 people Equipment: Ozobots, Markers (red, green, black, blue), paper For this program, I started by talking about how Ozobot works. I give the kids lots of paper and had them work in pairs with a bot. I give them a sheet of the different code combinations and have them practice trying to get Ozobot to zig-zag, spin, or go turbo! Be sure to talk to the kids about how to draw the line and the codes, this is what they struggle with the most. For the youngers kids, a practice sheet for lines is a great thing to provide because drawing straight, thicker lines is pretty tricky. -Alison Tseng, atseng@aapld.org Cost: Level of difficulty: Age group: All ages Size of group: 12 kids Program duration: 1 hour Prep time: Medium—High Staffing: 1-2 people Equipment: Spheros and tablets The Spheros are a new edition to my library. I will be doing my first program with the Spheros later this month. My plan is to begin by teaching the kids how to use the Spheros and connect them to the tablet. Then have the kids try one of the many Sphero apps available (probably Draw n’ Drive). I would like to incorporate obstacle courses or a coding element to the program as well. The program will be for 4th—8th grade. I will be doing another program for K-3 in a couple of months and will incorporate an app like Color Grab instead of the coding. -Alison Tseng, atseng@aapld.org

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