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!
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.
Group of elementary school students with teacher posing for a picture with their crafts.
Amanda Vaden

Computational Thinking

Hi! My name is Ellie Werner and I am a product intern at littleBits. Prior to joining this innovative team, I was an educator. I have spent the past few years in a range of elementary and middle school classrooms around the world and I am now working towards earning my graduate degree in Cognitive Sciences at Teachers College of Columbia.
Spring Break survival guide image by Sphero Edu.
Amanda Vaden

Spring Break

A survival guide for parents

Teachers, you’ve been waiting for this moment. The slow fade of the cold months. A week out of the classroom. A possible tropical setting complete with swim-up bar, or a staycation of laziness and semi-productive adulting. This R&R? You’ve earned it. It’s Spring Break. WOO.

Sphero Heroes posing for picture together.
Amanda Vaden

Meet the Sphero Heroes

Our inductees for 2018

In November of 2017, we set out to create a program to help innovative teachers share their story more loudly and support active leaders that are helping other educators discover what’s possible with Sphero Edu. That program was appropriately named Sphero Heroes… and not just because it has a good ring to it.

Young girl sits at desk while participating in STEM activity.
Amanda Vaden

5 kid inventors who are saving lives

For many inventors, the desire to help others and change the world comes at a very early age. With modern technology, kids are able to build prototypes and invent devices that have an impact on society. Here are five kids who are creating inventions to save lives today.  
Students and teacher sitting at table working with littleBits.
Amanda Vaden

Educator’s Guide: Lesson Plan Design

As you begin to design littleBits lessons for your own classroom, you may find it helpful to think through and use the following framework for planning inquiry-based lessons, especially when students are getting started with littleBits modules.