A father and his two daughters work on a science activity at the kitchen table.
Amanda Vaden

Family STEM Activities

These days, more and more families with kids are looking for ways to be entertained and stay engaged at home or close to home, all while being able to share fun experiences and make lasting new memories. If you’re a parent reading this blog and are pondering what to do for your next family activity night, consider integrating some of these STEM-based ideas and you may learn something new in the process! 
A father and his two daughters work on a science activity at the kitchen table.
Amanda Vaden

Family STEM Activities

These days, more and more families with kids are looking for ways to be entertained and stay engaged at home or close to home, all while being able to share fun experiences and make lasting new memories. If you’re a parent reading this blog and are pondering what to do for your next family activity night, consider integrating some of these STEM-based ideas and you may learn something new in the process! 
A woman and a girl sit on the couch looking at a tablet together.
At HomeKelly Gray

Using Screens to Build a Better Toolkit

recent Ipsos Mori survey shows that shared screen time is up 37% year-over-year, though my personal experience would put that number far higher. Needing to find a way to work and parent from home full time has turned this into a necessary tool in my arsenal. Even the woman who wrote the book on screen time is changing her tune.
Sphero's ISTE 2020 Live Calendar of Events
Sphero NewsAmanda Vaden

Sphero's ISTE 2020 Live Calendar of Events

Welcome to Sphero’s calendar of virtual events for ISTE 2020 Live! We hope you plan to join us in our virtual booth this year. We have exciting products, a brand new global competition, and blended learning resources we’re excited to share in 2020. 

A girl and her mom sit at a table working on math problems together.
At HomeAmanda Vaden

A Parent’s Guide to Introducing STEM at Home

Are you interested in introducing STEM activities to your children? By introducing these educational activities at an early age, you can help form foundations for future careers and build up valuable 21st Century Skills. With more children homeschooling or distance learning, STEM at home has become a priority.
A boy drives his Sphero Mini across the kitchen table through obstacles created out of cooking utensils.
At HomeAmanda Vaden

19 STEM Projects for Virtual Learning and 21st Century Skills

With the pandemic changing how many students are being educated — including hybrid learning environments becoming the new normal — how can you be sure your remote learners are getting the education they need while learning from home? Enter virtual STEM projects. 
A boy and girl sit at a table playing an arcade game built from a littleBits kit.
At HomeAmanda Vaden

What is National STEM/STEAM Day? Here are Five Ways to Celebrate.

There's no debate that STEM and STEAM skills are integral in children's education. That's why every November 8 since 2015, National STEM/STEAM Day illuminates the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Encouraging children to advance in these fields will crucially support the backbone of the country — and its future.
A male teacher works with a student on her littleBits invention in front of a chalkboard in a classroom.
At SchoolAmanda Vaden

11 Reasons Why Professional Development for Teachers is Critical

As a teacher, you know that in order to be a successful educator, you yourself can never stop learning. This is true in most professions, but learning for teachers is especially important. Why? Because the love of learning is contagious. As teachers learn new skills they pass that knowledge on to their students who ultimately succeed. It’s truly a win-win! 
Five Fun, Enriching STEM Gifts for Kids
At HomeAmanda Vaden

Five Fun, Enriching STEM Gifts for Kids

Looking for the perfect STEM gift for your special kid? We’ve got you covered with our fun, hands-on educational robots and STEM kits so that you can give the gift of learning all year-round.

9 Recess Games for Social Distancing with Sphero
At HomeAmanda Vaden

9 Recess Games for Social Distancing with Sphero

If your child is new to hybrid learning due to the pandemic, there is one simple (but necessary) educational program that could be lost while learning from home: recess.
A girl works on building her invention on Sphero RVR on a tablewith other students working in the background.
At SchoolAmanda Vaden

7 Misconceptions About Introducing Computer Science to your Classroom

Whether you’re a computer science teacher or a teacher who is looking to implement a STEM program in your school, we have several tips and ideas to help you build a strong case for STEM and computer science.
A girl in a yellow shirt works at her desk at home with a laptop and notepad.
At HomeAmanda Vaden

Social-Emotional Learning Activities to Integrate Into Your Hybrid Classroom

Social-emotional learning (SEL) has been on the minds of parents and teachers for years, and for good reason. With social and emotional learning incorporated into everyday curriculums, children are better equipped to do things like manage conflicting emotions or adapt to environmental changes as they grow into adulthood.
A girl in a purple sweatshirt sits at her desk coding her Sphero BOLT on a tablet.
At SchoolAmanda Vaden

Sphero’s Guide to STEM Education Funding

If you’re an educator interested in starting a STEM education program at your school, you may find yourself wondering where and how to get funding for it. When it comes to incorporating STEM into the classroom, support can come from a surprising number of sources -- and sometimes, all you have to do is ask. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of resources to help drive innovative tech adoption in your classroom.
A high school aged boy in a yellow shirt sits at a desk working on a computer.
At HomeAmanda Vaden

How to Create a Successful Hybrid Learning Environment: 4 Questions Every Teacher Needs to Answer

As a teacher, your students’ hybrid classroom learning environment is essential for their educational success. From classroom design to the structure of your curriculum, there are many factors for educators to consider when creating comprehensive in-person and virtual learning spaces.