Young girl sits at desk smiling at laptop with STEAM background.
Amanda Vaden

Can You Measure a Student’s Progress in STEM?

In an increasingly science and technology-driven world, STEM skills will almost certainly give students a competitive edge in future careers. But for many educators, integrating STEM into the classroom has been a challenge — not to mention figuring out how to measure the effectiveness of their STEM curriculum.
Young girl sits at desk smiling at laptop with STEAM background.
Amanda Vaden

Can You Measure a Student’s Progress in STEM?

In an increasingly science and technology-driven world, STEM skills will almost certainly give students a competitive edge in future careers. But for many educators, integrating STEM into the classroom has been a challenge — not to mention figuring out how to measure the effectiveness of their STEM curriculum.
Sphero and TGR Foundation logos.
Amanda Vaden

Sphero Rolls into Computer Science Education Week with a Hole in One

Sphero enthusiast Sammy Mohammed’s passion for computer science takes him to the green with Tiger Woods

Sphero takes students through meaningful journeys that embrace the world around them — including the fairways and the greens. And this year, during Computer Science Education Week, we are excited to share the journey of 18-year-old Sammy Mohammed.

Child working on STEM project in laboratory.
Amanda Vaden

4 Brilliant Kid Inventions That Are Part of Our Daily Lives

In honor of Universal Children’s Day, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, let’s thank some young inventors who have inspired us with their ideas! Here are just a few inventions that have become a part of our daily lives.
Child with paint on face looking straight at camera.
Amanda Vaden

5 Scary Facts About STEM You Probably Didn’t Know

With Halloween earlier this the week, it’s a fitting time for us to reflect on some of the more “terrifying” topics of our times. Starting with some scary STEM stats that might make you think twice about the state of science, technology, engineering, and math in the U.S.
Student using Sphero BOLT on classroom desk.
Amanda Vaden

Computer Science Ed or Bust!

Sphero Edu partners with CodeFWD by Facebook, plus commits to CSforAll

21st century skills have never been more important, and the way we see it, computer science and programming education are on the up and up. The best part is, we’re not the only ones who think so. We’ve got 2 awesome partnerships that we’re stoked to share with the world.

Child smiling at camera sitting at arts and crafts table.
Amanda Vaden

New Research Shows that Early Exposure to STEM Sets Kids Up for Success

As a toddler, Jeff Bezos took his crib apart with a screwdriver. Twelve-year-old Mark Zuckerberg used a programming language called Atari BASIC to create a computer messaging system, which he called “ZuckNet.” Larry Page was exposed to STEM from a young age by his parents, who were both computer science professionals.
Sphero BOLT by smart phone image.
Amanda Vaden

Introducing Sphero BOLT

Sphero Edu is partnering with CodeFWD by Facebook, a free program for a select number of applicants of teachers and other adults working with 4th through 8th graders in the U.S.

List of school goals for educators.
Amanda Vaden

Back To School Ice Breakers with Sphero

Take your “beginning of the year” icebreakers to a whole new level with Sphero! There are tons of fun and easy ways to have students skipping out of your classroom and feeling great about being a part of a new team. Get your class excited about returning the next day and ready for learning all year long!
Sphero Hero image on How To Succeed In Robotics.
Amanda Vaden

How to Succeed in Robotics Without Really Trying

From smart phones to self-driving cars, our world is filled with technology. But students and educators alike can still be intimidated about where to start with robotics. Here are four tips that helped me navigate the world of robotics as a student, and now as an educator!
Laptop and tablet with Sphero Edu update.
Amanda Vaden

Sphero Edu Implements Scratch

The Sphero Edu app has big new updates

The Sphero Edu app is getting some fancy updates, including updating our blocks canvas to be built on the Scratch open-source code base. That changes a few things for existing users that are familiar with our block programming canvas, so we want to make sure you understand our reasons for this change and know that we’re ready to support any questions or concerns you’ve got for us. We want everyone to have the best learning experience possible, so let’s get right to it.

Woman sitting on floor surrounded by books working on laptop.
Amanda Vaden

How Librarians are Incorporating STEAM Instruction Into their Libraries

Librarians are taking a prominent role in bringing STEAM to students in school districts and colleges all over the world. In fact, more than half of school libraries in the U.S. and Canada offer maker programing for youth. This gives students more opportunities to engage in maker-based learning.
LGBTQ flag flowing in the wind.
Amanda Vaden

Top LGBTQ Inventors, Just In Time for Gay Pride Month

June is Gay Pride Month and we're taking a look at some of the most impactful contributions to science and engineering from the LGBTQ community. All month, we’ll be featuring LGBTQ scientists and engineers on our social media channels to help tell their stories and remind the world that genius is universal.
Mini table made for Sphero play.
Amanda Vaden

Sphero Makers: Ben’s Mini Table

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Sphero? Robots, right? Probably a safe assumption. That said, there’s a lot more to Sphero than just the bots. Sphero as a whole is also made up of designers, engineers, developers, product managers, QA and more.