Sphero BOLT

SKU: K002ROW

Get started learning STEM at home with Sphero BOLT and our how-to resources guide for parents and remote educators. 

BOLT is Sphero’s most advanced coding robotic ball to date, providing even more ways to express inventive ideas and experience the power of programming. 

Sphero BOLT is ideal for educators to send home with students. With BOLT, STEAM learning can be easily facilitated at home and guided by parents. Packed with plenty of programmable sensors and a colorful LED light matrix, Sphero BOLT is paving the way for the next generation of coders.

  • Display custom graphics and real-time data with BOLT’s 8x8 programmable LED matrix and let your creativity shine through  
  • Equipped with advanced robot sensors that you can program and use to learn more about robotics 
  • Play educational games, create your own and learn how to code through hands-on play and STEAM activities 
  • Keep the ball rolling longer than ever with 4+ hours of playtime on a single charge  
  • Create iridescent experiences with the Sphero BOLT coding robot 
  • Recommended for grades 3+ and ages 8+

SpheroCare Warranty
1 year: $17.99
2 year: $24.99
3 year: $32.99

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Price:
$149.99

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COVID-19 Resources

Sphero is committed to helping teachers adapt to new ways of teaching and kids learning no matter where that is or what it looks like. Check out our COVID-19 resources on how to return to school safely with Sphero in a socially distanced learning environment.

Kids play and program in striking new ways

BOLT's programmable sensors include a compass, light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, motor encoders, and infrared communications. Because of these advanced sensors, manually aiming your Sphero is now a thing of the past. BOLT’s built-in compass lets you automatically aim and drive your educational robot, plus you can program BOLT to follow real-world directions on a map. You can also code with the ambient light sensor that can tell if it’s light or dark, allowing for programming conditions based on brightness.
Students playing with Sphero BOLT in classroom.

INTRODUCTORY STEM ACTIVITIES

The Sphero Edu app contains 100+ guided STEAM and computer science lessons, activities, and programs, consisting of varying skill level and content areas. Wondering where to start? We’ve curated a selection of getting started activities to walk you and your kid(s) through the basics of programming and creating with BOLT.

 

Family working together on Sphero BOLT STEM activities.

An educational robot with prismatic perfection

BOLT’s 8x8 LED light matrix allows you to program your robot using code to display characters, vector graphics, sensor data, or play games on the matrix itself. Sphero BOLT can also 'talk' to other BOLTs using 360° infrared communication. Become a storyteller using multiple robots and program advanced movements to carry out scenes. You won’t be able to take your eyes off it! 

Student smiling while working on Sphero BOLT block coding with classmates.

Sphero Edu goes #BeyondCode

Sphero Edu provides a STEAM-based toolset unbounded in its potential. Sphero Edu uses programmable robots and STEAM activities to foster students’ creativity through discovery and play while laying the foundation for computer science and other STEM fundamentals. Our program goes #BeyondCode with collaborative play-based activities, nurturing students’ imagination unmatched by other STEM education programs. Cross-platform apps are approachable for all skill levels so you can encourage learning and creativity in any grade. 

Learn to code with robotics

Sphero BOLT fosters a love of robotics, coding, and STEM principles – all through play-based learning. Connect to Sphero apps using Bluetooth Smart and program your robot, explore thousands of STEAM activities made by Sphero and the community, and create your own. Then, share your creations with the Sphero community!

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SKILL LEVEL

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  • Fully programmable and highly advanced, BOLT provides endless learning opportunities for students of all ages.

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    • Drive modes
    • Draw coding
    • Block-based coding
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    • Javascript
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    • Javascript
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Wipe and spray away! There are no charging ports or openings to worry about, making these two bots completely waterproof. Just be sure not to use harsh solvents or anything abrasive or sharp to clean them. DO NOT submerge or spray water on the Power Pack. The robots are waterproof, but the Power Pack is not.

Check out our step-by-step guide for how to clean and properly disinfect Sphero robots and littleBits when learning from home.

BOLT: Space Mission logo with robot spacecraft illustration and commits and Jupiter.

BOLT: Space Mission

Gather some friends and create or join a team! It doesn’t matter your ability level, there will be things that anyone can help with, and what better way to learn something new! BOLT robots are taking flight as spacecrafts and are trying to complete missions in space. Design, program, and engineer solutions to each of the challenges to make sure that BOLTs have a productive and successful mission in space.

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What’s in the Sphero BOLT box for kids?

  • Sphero BOLT robot ball 
  • Inductive charging base with USB charging cable 
  • Maze Tape roll and 360-degree protractor with heading, directions, and clock  
  • Sphero sticker sheet
  • Quick start guide