A few weeks ago I tried a small group math game using the Spheros, Sphero Drive app, and Math Marks the Spot. First we practiced navigating with the Sphero before starting the game. Placing a piece of tape on the floor, each sphero started away from the mat. Rolling the large foam number dice, students were asked to solve the problem, put it in their head, and then after everyone had time to solve the problem, they had to navigate to the correct number.
Students quickly realized that they need to use the turtle setting otherwise they would over shoot the number. It was a great way to explore the integration of math and the sphero for our younger students and will be incorporated into our Design Lab as an option to play. It is an entry level activity because it works on controlling the sphero and the amount of math done was not a primary focus at this time.
We also tried the draw app to have students draw the answer and then have their sphero show the number on the ground. This did not work very well… so back to the drawing board with that idea.
Next I wanted to try expanding upon the use of Spheros in math. I started thinking about how I could make my own games to use with our Spheros. So I purchased two different colored plates at Target and used a sharpie to write the numbers 1-100 on the plates. Today we started with 1-50 and worked on place value (what number is made up of 3 tens and 5 ones), before (what number comes before 38) and after (what number comes after 23). Students each had their own Sphero that they had to navigate and tap the correct numbered plate. We used the Sphero Drive app to play the game.
As we play and try different ways to use the Spheros, students are showing me the possibilities. I love connecting math with play and laughter. I can’t wait to see where students will take us on our Sphero journey. With so many different free apps all you need is a blue tooth enabled device (IOS or Android) and a Sphero to start the adventure. What are you waiting for?