SGC Season 2 Registration (Middle School)

SKU: 990-Global2

For middle school students (ages 11-14), we have three exciting events designed to build computational thinking, engineering, and programming skills. 

With one registration fee, teams can access all three events: 

  • littleBits Invent 4 Good: Super Suit Mission - Teams will be challenged to design a wearable solution that augments and amplifies the senses so that superheroes and regular heroes alike can better experience and navigate the world. Learn more >
  • BOLT: Super Senses Mission - Teams will program BOLT to take advantage of its super-sensing powers and complete missions designed to challenge your team. Learn more >
  • RVR + littleBits Search & Rescue Mission - Program RVR to save the day by semi-autonomously performing search-and-rescue duties with littleBits inventions. Learn more >

How many events will you complete? That’s up to you! A single team of up to five students can participate in one, two, or all of the events with one registration fee!

Please Note: 

  • You (the coach) will need to finalize your team’s registration and select the event(s) your team would like to participate in by completing the Google form sent to the email address you provide at checkout
  • Coaching materials will be sent to your email in August 
  • Products needed to complete the events are sold separately

For high school students (ages 14–18), we have an exciting event designed to build proficiency in programming and engineering using documentation from the Sphero Public SDK.

Your Mission: The RVR Super Car mission will challenge students to embrace the creativity and ingenuity that goes into designing and engineering a Super Car. Teams of up to five students born after May 1, 2010 are eligible to compete in this exciting event. Recommended for students with intermediate to advanced coding/STEM skills.

What You’ll Need:

Please Note: 

  • You will need to finalize your team’s registration and select the event(s) your team would like to participate in by completing the form sent to the email address you provide at checkout
  • Coaching materials will be sent to your email in August
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Price:
$75
littleBits Invent 4 Good: Super Suit Mission

littleBits Invent 4 Good: Super Suit Mission

Through collaboration, and critical thinking students will unleash their inner engineer as they work to identify problems and develop solutions using littleBits and their Invention Cycle: create, play, remix, and share. Students will showcase their solutions and inventions with a creative infographic and video as part of their virtual event submission.

What You’ll Need:

BOLT: Super Senses Mission logo

BOLT: Super Senses Mission

Students will be challenged to complete mission objectives through different programming skills including loops, conditionals, variables, and functions. Students will program BOLTs using block or text (JavaScript) programming in the Sphero Edu app. Students will demonstrate their skills in their final submission (virtual) for judging and evaluation.

What You’ll Need:

RVR + littleBits: Search & Rescue Mission

RVR + littleBits: Search & Rescue Mission

Students will design, build, and engineer solutions using RVR and littleBits. Throughout this event, students will work on programming and debugging skills, engineering beginning to intermediate circuits with littleBits, and then combine the two in order to complete the mission objectives. Students will focus on algorithms, circuitry, engineering design, and debugging.

What You’ll Need:

WHAT COACHES GET:

In August, we’ll send you everything you need to participate in the Sphero Global Challenge Season 2, including:

  • Coaching Guides
  • At-Home and Virtual Coaching Guide
  • Team Meeting Agendas
  • Sphero Global Challenge Official Rules Book and Evaluation Rubrics
  • Sphero Community Customizable Resources and Collateral
  • And More!

To receive coaching materials, be sure to finalize your registration by completing the Google form sent in your registration confirmation email!

micro:bit invention with laptop in the background.

DREAM TEAMS ASSEMBLE

Starting a team of real-life heroes is easy! Coaches do not need to be programmers, or even educators, to support students through the Sphero Global Challenge. Instead, act as a facilitator as students work to explore, solve problems, and unleash their creativity.

Sphero will provide a mission brief, lessons, and agendas for each event, as well as a forum for coaches to provide one another support. The Sphero Global Challenge is perfect for after-school programs, STEM/STEAM Clubs, school-day science blocks, or even for students to work on at home.

 

Structuring Your Team

Teams can consist of 1–5 students. A single team can compete in one or multiple events (depending on age bracket eligibility). For larger groups of students (i.e. robotics clubs), we recommend forming multiple teams. In this case, you will need to register each team separately. They can all compete in the same event(s) or choose different events. Coaches are welcome to lead as many teams as they'd like.

Team Roles

Coaches can encourage collaboration, communication, and team building by giving students team roles to help fulfill all of the elements of the mission objectives.
Laptop with code on the screen.
A wrench and gear.
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Camera and pencil.
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2021/2022 SEASON: FIVE UNIQUE STEM EVENTS

The competition, and its five unique events, are an opportunity for students to go deeper with computational thinking, engineering, and programming skills in our various STEM and coding competitions.

Teams and individuals of all abilities will work to identify problems and develop solutions, then submit entries virtually for a chance to qualify for the Sphero World Championship in Spring 2022.

indi Community Heroes

littleBits Invent for Good Competition badge.

SKILLS

Students will honor a community hero while using indi to demonstrate their understanding of:

  • Problem Solving
  • Algorithmic Thinking
  • Basic Coding Concepts
  • Pattern Recognition

AGE BRACKETS

Primary (Ages 4-8)

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

2 Sphero indi Student Kits

Optional: Sphero Craft Pack

littleBits Super Suit

littleBits Invent for Good Competition badge.

SKILLS

Students will use littleBits to design and build a wearable solution that augments and amplifies the senses while building skills in:

  • Circuitry
  • Engineering design
  • Debugging

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

littleBits STEAM+ Kit (recommended) or other littleBits Kit

Optional: Sphero Craft Pack

BOLT Super Senses

littleBits Invent for Good Competition badge.

SKILLS

Students will harness BOLT's super-sensing abilities to complete superhero missions—all the while learning different programming skills including:

  • Loops
  • Conditionals
  • Variables
  • Functions

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

2 Sphero BOLT robots

City Code Mat and/or Sphero Craft Pack

RVR + littleBits Search & Rescue

BOLT Space Mission Badge.

SKILLS

Students will use RVR and littleBits to create a machine that will semi-autonomously complete search-and-rescue missions in this real-world application of:

  • Loops
  • Conditionals
  • Variables
  • Functions

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

1 Sphero RVR

1 RVR Topper Kit

Sphero Craft Pack (optional)

RVR Super Car

RVR MARS MISSION BADGE.

SKILLS

Students will make a Super Car with RVR and a Raspberry Pi while practicing:

  • Advanced Coding
  • Circuitry
  • Engineering design
  • Debugging

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Sphero RVR

Raspberry Pi (not available on sphero.com)

Access to Sphero SDK (free)

SKILLS

  • Students will honor a community hero while using indi to demonstrate their understanding of:

    • Problem Solving
    • Algorithmic Thinking
    • Basic Coding Concepts
    • Pattern Recognition
  • Students will use littleBits to design and build a wearable solution that augments and amplifies the senses while building skills in:

    • Circuitry
    • Engineering design
    • Debugging
  • Students will harness BOLT's super-sensing abilities to complete superhero missions—all the while learning different programming skills including:

    • Loops
    • Conditionals
    • Variables
    • Functions
  • Students will use RVR and littleBits to create a machine that will semi-autonomously complete search-and-rescue missions in this real-world application of:

    • Algorithms
    • Circuitry
    • Engineering design
    • Debugging
  • Students will make a Super Car with RVR and a Raspberry Pi while practicing:

    • Advanced Coding
    • Circuitry
    • Engineering design
    • Debugging

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

WHY ENTER OUR STEM COMPETITION?

The Sphero Global Challenge is an exciting opportunity for students! Not only are students able to practice coding and problem solving skills, but they will also have the chance to build innovative thinking and collaboration skills. In the setting of a team challenge, students will use engineering design processes in an authentic way.

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SEASON 1 RESOURCE LIBRARY

Learn more about what to expect for Season 2: Access and download the Sphero Global Challenge Season 1 mission briefs, challenges, and more in our resource library.