BOLT on desk in classroom with teacher in the background.
Amanda Vaden

Update: Sphero Edu 5.3.1 for Chrome OS version 78

Sphero BOLT now connects to Chromebooks with Chrome OS version 78.

We appreciate your patience while we worked through the connectivity issues experienced over the past couple of weeks. There is an update to the Sphero Edu app, as outlined below.

BOLT on desk in classroom with teacher in the background.
Amanda Vaden

Update: Sphero Edu 5.3.1 for Chrome OS version 78

Sphero BOLT now connects to Chromebooks with Chrome OS version 78.

We appreciate your patience while we worked through the connectivity issues experienced over the past couple of weeks. There is an update to the Sphero Edu app, as outlined below.

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Engaging Ways to Build Literacy Skills in Middle School

Check it out, we’ve got more to offer for the ELA classroom! Are you a middle school educator looking to engage your adolescent learners in practicing literacy skills such as identifying symbolism, writing informative essays, describing critical character traits, and developing deeper vocabulary? Well, say hello to the new littleBits ELA Middle School Unit developed by Ellie Werner at littleBits! 
Make A Difference Day logo.
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Inspire Students to Make a Difference!

In recognition of United Nations Day, October 24, and Make A Difference Day, October 26, we’re encouraging inventors everywhere to do some good in the world!  
Students posing for picture with NASA astronaut.
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Guest Blog: The Lunar Lunatics’ Mission to the Moon

How my Students became the Teacher at the Sphero Robotics Mission

The school year was coming to an end and like all teachers, I was searching for end-of-the-year enrichment activities that will keep my students engaged and provide valuable learning experiences. So, I turned to my favorite social media platform and one of the best sources for professional development, Twitter! And there it was, a tweet from Sphero that read, “Register now through April 12 for our first-ever robotics mission!” This information could not have come at a better time. I sponsored a few coding and robotics clubs for K-5, so this competition aligned well with my experience.

Student creating literature based STEM art activity.
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Add Hands-on STEAM Learning to English Class!

n your ELA classroom, would you like to build interest in reading and give your learners new ways to learn vocabulary, expand comprehension, and improve their writing and speaking skills? Do all this and more with the new littleBits ELA Unit developed by Ellie Werner at littleBits! Increasingly, teachers are adding hands-on STEAM activities to their ELA classroom. Students, including reluctant readers, may be more eager to participate in learning ELA concepts through captivating, STEM-based learning experiences that increase critical thinking skills and comprehension. 
Teacher using littleBits to teach empathy to kid.
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Teach Empathy Through Science

Students take joy in sharing inventions that do something. Adding movement and motion helps bring their inventions to life and can even help someone else.
Student presenting his design thinking project in front of other kids.
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Open-Ended Design Challenges Engage All Students

The Hudson Montessori School in Jersey City, New Jersey, is a K-6 school focused on engaging students in their own learning through real-world connections. The school's STEAM lab is an integral piece of the puzzle, offering students a wide range of tools and materials to bring classroom projects to life. 
Drawing of different kind of eyes.
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Top 3 STEAM & Coding Resources for Back-to-School Survival

We rounded up our top tools for STEAM and coding classroom planning just in time for back-to-school. These online resources will extend creativity and problem-solving while equipping you with the know-how to keep students engaged and learning. Break out the Bits!
Computer Science Foundations and BOLT on desk.
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Computer Science for the STEAM Age

Introducing Computer Science Foundations by Sphero

Last week, we introduced Computer Science Foundations, a standards-aligned curriculum that combines computer science with STEAM principles to deliver a wholly unique classroom resource. The courses are designed to work with Sphero BOLT, but also work with our SPRK+ and Mini robots.

littleBits voting box.
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Celebrate Women’s Equality in Your Classroom

Make classroom learning relevant and memorable by inviting students to create their own ballot box and see democracy in action! In July 1848, the first women’s rights convention took place in Seneca, New York. At the Seneca Falls Convention, women and some men gathered to discuss ideas to advance women’s rights and they wrote a Declaration of Sentiments, which included giving women the right to vote. And yet, it would take more than 30 years for that central idea to become a ratified amendment to the Constitution. 
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Sphero + littleBits Join Forces!

Over the past nine years, Sphero and littleBits have each created entirely new categories of hands-on learning tools that enable invention and STEAM education through play and technology. Combined, the two companies have reached over six million students and 65,000 teachers across 35,000 schools globally — and have sold more than $500 million in Sphero robots and littleBits kits. Today, littleBits joins Sphero to advance their common mission — inspiring the creators and inventors of tomorrow.
littleBits being used in classroom to demonstrate stem in art.
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Leading STEAM Exploration Through Art Engages Students Early and Often!

Leading with the art in STEAM is a phenomenal way to engage elementary students early on and build their interest over time. Makerspaces can be especially inviting and creative areas that enable students to broaden their learning, explore multiple content areas simultaneously, and engage in new creative technology.
Teacher demonstrating littleBits invention to class.
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One Teacher Who Didn't Take STEAM for Granted

Jasen Gibbens, a teacher at McLean High School in Terre Haute, Indiana, started his career as an engineer for General Electric and became a teacher ten years ago. Since that time, his goal has been to provide students with the hands-on manipulatives that encourage creative problem solving and help them to reach their full potential.