Sphero Robotics

In January kids came to Central Library to learn about coding with Sphero Robots! Cheri Haggard of MATHmania Robotics came and showed kids coding fundamentals while engaging them in a challenge to program their robot to go around a track and cross the finish line. The robots move with a gyroscope and you use an iPad to control the robot’s speed and direction. Kids had to apply math concepts about angles and geometry as well as coding and sequencing in order to successfully navigate around a box and back across the finish line.

We’re excited to be able to provide families with a Sphero STEAM Kit you can check out and take home. If you’re inspired by what you see in this post, consider placing a hold on this kit! Teachers can also check out a Sphero Educator STEAM Kit with 12 robots and a charging pack. Kits must be checked out at and returned to the Central Library front desk.

One more thing to share with you all before I get to the pictures and videos–Cheri wants to invite everyone to join her online coding club. Here’s the info:

FREE Online Coding Club

No experience needed to get started. Come have fun with us!
Register
for the Online Kids Code Club at https://bit.ly/2BrdQY2
to receive monthly emails with ideas for projects and tasks to help
you learn.
We have monthly challenges and group projects.

Here are some pictures and videos from the program:

Thank you so much Cheri and MATHMania Robotics for this fun and educational program!

AnnMarie Hurtado

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, STEAM Careers in Pasadena, and other STEAM/science programs. I teach 1-2 sessions of Infant/Toddler Storytime each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book, 36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras.

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