I am a Sphero Blog Ambassador. This post is part of a sponsored campaign. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.
Kora & Logan are now officially on summer vacation. They are so happy! They’ve been counting down to summer for the last couple of weeks and now that school is done they can’t wait to enjoy all summer has to offer. As parents we all know that summer vacation is wonderful for kids to experience long, lazy days but there is also the fear of the dreaded Summer Brain Drain. We’ve been hearing a lot of about this in the past couple of years and I’ve been keeping my eye out for fun ways to fight Summer Brain Drain. That’s why I was excited to be offered the opportunity to work with and review Sphero, the world’s first app driven robotic ball.
When I heard that it can be used as a seamless tool to introduce kids to STEM (Science, Techology, Math, & Engineering), the basics of programming, and encouraging creativity and imagination, I was hooked. As a mom, I love to find games, toys, and apps for the kids that are educationally based and tons of fun. It’s wonderful when the kids get so excited about what they are doing that the learning soaks right in. Once I started reading about Sphero I was thrilled to learn this was exactly what it was designed for.
When it arrived, Kora & Logan couldn’t wait to play with it.
Here are just some of the things you can do with Sphero:
- Control it with your smartphone or tablet
- Drive it around the house through homemade obstacle courses
- Build custom race courses
- Play tabletop and multiplayer games
- Learn basic programming
- Play augmented reality games
- Hold it in your hand and use it as a controller for on-screen gameplay
- Choose from over 30 free apps
Here are some of the amazing things Sphero can do:
- Pair to your device via Bluetooth
- Drive in any direction
- Turn on a dime
- Flip in the air
- Drive up and over the ramps provided in the packaging
- Change colors
- Roll a speedy 7 feet per second
- Turn your living room into a video game with augmented reality
Kora and Logan were thrilled when we opened Sphero and got it charged. The first thing they did was open up the main Sphero app to learn how to drive it and control it.
Then they had a blast using the app to complete missions and level up Sphero’s speed, colors, core, reactor, and boost times. I was interested to read that with this app the more you play with Sphero the better it gets. You can even use it to personalize your Sphero with dynamic skins, as well as create challenging courses, race against friends and family, or turn out the lights for night racing.
The kids have just started building intricate obstacle courses to challenge each other and Dave and I to drive through. I love how this encourages them to use their imaginations.
While they could play this app all day every day, they were thrilled to learn and play with some of the other apps. Here’s a look at them telling you about their favorite apps, why they like them, and a brief demo of each:
Aren’t those fun?
We also love that with it’s high impact polycarbonate shell it is unbreakable, pet proof, and it can even swim! Here’s a video overview showing everything it can do including maneuvering through impressive obstacle course (with fire rings!) and travel in water.
So much fun!
I do want to share one Sphero app that caught my attention in particular, Macro Lab.
With this app kids can create easy, repeatable programs and macros for Sphero. In the app you arrange simple commands and settings in any combination you choose and Sphero will follow the directions. You can have him drive on its own, follow unique patterns, and more. You can play you favorite macros and programs, save them, or even share them with friends. I love this app because it makes learning basic programming easy and fun for kids.
Here are Kora & Logan demonstrating how it works:
Isn’t that great?!
I was also interested to learn that Orbotix, the company behind Sphero, has launched their first program focused on education, SPRK. It stands for Schools, Parents, Robots, Kids and is pronounced “spark.” They believe play is a powerful teacher and their goal with this program is to inspire and teach tomorrow’s inventors and innovators.
Through the SPRK program, Orbotix has worked with over 50 schools and many more teachers to bring Sphero to the classroom. They’ve also donated over $50,000 worth of Spheros and resources to support those teachers. I was inspired by this quote from their website:
“In ten years, if a child points back to Sphero as their inspiration to becoming an engineer, we’ve done our job. You can’t put a price on that.” – Adam Wilson, Orbotix co-founder
How amazing is that?
As you can see there is so much kids can do with Sphero the possibilities really are endless and left up to their imagination. I recommend Sphero to anyone looking for great ways to fight Summer Brain Drain and to help their kids learn through play. Sphero a fantastic and fun app controlled robotic ball that I’m looking forward to playing along with the kids and long after they’ve gone to bed.
Bryan E. says
Thanks for the giveaway…Sphero has over ten different programming environments, and apps like MacroLab, so kids as young as eight can learn how to program; great educational toy !
Joy Q says
i like that it can swim
I like that it’s waterproof.
maya hu says
i like that its waterproof because my baby sister is a huge klutz haha
susan smoaks says
i love that the sphero can stand up to pets. we have a lot of pets.
Paul K says
I like that it’s waterproof.
jules m. says
i love that it can make kids interested in designing their own programs- wow
danielle Marie says
have go to with the color changing. it is so cool!
Georgie C says
I enjoy that it Lights Up!
Melanie Comello says
My favorite feature is that it can Roll at a speedy 7 feet per second! This will make it that much harder for my dogs to keep up with it, while my little girl plays with it :)
I love how it changes colors!
Stephanie Galbraith says
I like that it’s pet proof.
Mihaela Day says
I like that it’s waterproof and can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet :)
tina reynolds says
I think it is so cool I can control with my phone and it changes colors
Lori Walker says
i like that it lights up.
Nicole Millheim says
i love that it is waterproof
Cassandra Eastman says
My favorite feature is how durable it is and that it can even swim! My son would love this!
alena svetelska says
i love it it is waterprooved and change the colors.
Jessica Ruggiero says
It is great that it is waterproof! My daughters would love to use this during our summer vacation to presque Isle and we spend most of our time on the beach!
Karen Drake says
I love that it teaches programing skills.
I simply loved the concept
As I am pursuing engineering myself
Dorothy Deakyne says
I love the Light show it puts on
Diane W says
I like that it lights up so it can be played in night games.
I love that it encourages programming!
Judy Gargus says
Waterproof? Yes, please!
I like that it’s waterproof and can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet.
that it’s waterproof
Macro Lab sounds like a great inspiration and educational feature for kids, plus…wow, that sounds like FUN!!
I love the fact that kids can learn programming with it!
I like that you can be controlled with your smartphone or tablet.
Erica C. says
I like that you can play games with it…what a neat toy!
It’s waterproof and changes colors.
Brittney House says
I like that it’s waterproof.
kyl neusch says
it is water proof
Rita Spratlen says
This is a great new invention for sure. Making that ball go. It would be fun to play with the cats. It has a lot of possibilities with games etc.
I like that my kids get more programming practice!
Denise S says
I think its neat that it can change colors.
Christie Kammerer says
I love that it is water proof.
Lisa V. says
I like that you can control it with your smart phone.
Adrienne Gordon says
It changes colors.
I like how easy it is for kids to learn.
I like that it is waterproof
Being able to move at 7 feet per second was kind of surprising for such a small thing. I am really hoping to introduce my cats to this.
Susan Chester says
I love that it can change colors! Amazing!
Ann B. says
I like that you can drive it around the house using your tablet or smartphone….and that it is unbreakable. My kitty would go nuts with this, and we would have hours of fun watching him chase it.
Jennifer M says
My son is really into programming and robotics right now. He’d love this!
RICHARD HICKS says
I like that you can learn basic programming using it
Amanda Sakovitz says
This app certainly seems fun and educational.
Monique Rizzo says
I like the custom race courses.
I like the blue tooth part
Virginia Rowell says
I love that you can play tabletop and multiplayer games with it. I love that it flips in the air!
Teresa Chapman says
I like that its made out of polycarbonate, and its unbreakable.
I love the blue tooth feature.
Jennifer V says
I like that it can flip in the air!
Emily Morelli says
I like that it helps teach basic programming in a fun way.
sandra davis says
i like that you can Play tabletop and multiplayer games
CJ Thelen says
I like that it introduces kids to programming. My two sons (and I) would really enjoy this “toy”. Thanks for the giveaway.
Ellie W says
I like that you can Build custom race courses. That would intrigue my boys.
Austin Baroudi says
I like the durability of the high impact polycarbonate shell!
I really like that you could control what you want to do with the Sphero
Jamie Martin says
Unbreakable! Come on, who isn’t tripping over and stepping on all the kids toys all the time?!
I love that you can Control it with your smartphone or tablet
The blue tooth feature
Janice F. says
I like that it is a fun toy…yet very educational that kids will love and perhaps, learn how to program.
Jonathan Baker says
I really like how it’s unbreakable – a must in our house!
I like that you can pair it with your device via Bluetooth.
Nicole Vosburgh says
I love how it can go in the water! Perfect for our pool.
Robin Wilson says
I love that you can use either your smartphone or tablet to control it!
Ashleigh Gunter says
Sounds like so much fun! Love that you can make custom race courses. The kids would get a kick out that!
Patricia Wojnar Crowley says
I love that there are 30 free apps! That makes it possible for a lot of different activities!
Trisha B. says
I love that you can pair Sphero to your device via Bluetooth, that’s awesome!
Ann Fantom says
I like that you can drive the Sphero through homemade obstacle courses.
Amanda Hoffman says
that it has blue tooth
Linda Peavy says
I like that the kids can program it and learn while playing.
Joann Smith says
I like everything about this….I Want One!!!!
Rita @TommieMommy14 says
that it learns while you play w/ it :0)
Jennifer Tilson says
I like that it learns the more you (or your kids) play with it. And, that it can be used with 30 apps.
angela cunningham says
the blue tooth feature
I like that the kids can learn while having fun and that it changes colors.
Kerri R. says
I have wanted one of these for so long and am too cheap to buy it! I pray I win!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
christy colln says
the blue tooth feature is amazing but I also like the fact that the app is connected to the sphero my son would love this !
Michael G says
Love it has Bluetooth!
Margaret Smith says
I like that the kids can Learn basic programming.
This really sounds like fun, with so many different things to do with it.
Thanks so much.
Christopher Sorel says
cool to control with iphone and create some courses
Mike T says
integration with IOS devices looks like it makes it easy for kids to pick up on