Sphero indi is My NEW Hero and free activity

We offered ten stations at the session eRobots: Robots for the Everyday Elementary Classroom. I would be remiss if I omitted the Wakelet I created here: https://wakelet.com/wake/d320d572-f125-4935-8a9d-3c9aa78851d8.

I have to say, most of the robots I had used in my classroom as a teacher. I became more acquainted with a handful while working as a technology integration specialist supporting teachers in their classrooms.

And then there were three that were 100% brand new to me….

Sphero indi. What can I say about this robot, besides the fact that I am in absolute love! Every part of me wanted to jump back into the classroom and see what my students could do with this fantastic bot when I ordered it and delivered it to my door a few weeks before ISTE.

blue indi robot on grey table

What do I love about Sphero indi? Well, for starters, the versatility. With this little bot, you can do both plugged and unplugged activities. I honestly could visualize the students I once taught being highly intrigued with the ability to make the robot move using nothing more than color codes from tiles you lie out on the floor. My knee-jerk reaction would be to have the students try to predict what each color code would make indi do. That is why I created the indi predication cards (found here) for students to work together in collaborative groups to decode what each color tile made indi do before any instruction was given.

Sphero indi activity card asking students to make a prediction about the color codes.

You can do so many projects with this amazing robot with your little’s. Make sure to check it out here at the Sphero Website

Have lessons to share, please feel free to do so in the comments!


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