Sphero Global Challenge: Heroes Among Us logo and icons
Sphero Global Challenge: Heroes Among Us logo and icons

Sphero Global Challenge

Registration for the Sphero Global Challenge 2021-2022 season is open! This year there are STEM events for kids at every grade level PK-12.

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You're a Hero!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Sphero Global Challenge Season Two! This year, our STEAM and robotics competition theme is Heroes Among Us. With five unique events to choose from, there is an exciting mission for students of all ages that will allow them to go deeper with computational thinking, engineering, and programming skills.

Teams of up to five students will work to identify problems, develop solutions, and submit entries virtually for a chance to qualify for the Sphero World Championship in Spring 2022.

2021/2022 SEASON: FIVE UNIQUE STEM EVENTS

Ready to save the world? Here are five events for you to choose from:

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

Sphero Global Challenge logo and badges

IMPORTANT DATES

 

  • February 1, 2022 - Last day to register
  • February 11, 2022 - Virtual submissions due
  • March 3, 2022 - Finalists announced
  • Spring 2022 (Date TBD) - Finalists compete in a live, virtual event at the Sphero World Championship

WHY ENTER OUR STEM COMPETITION?

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

Sphero competitions video thumbnail with spaceship and planet Earth.
micro:bit invention with laptop in the background.

PK-12 STEM COMPETITION

The Sphero Global Challenge has one or more events for every grade level, PK–12. Form teams of up to five students and get ready to work together to create something amazing!

PK/Early Elementary Students 

Young learners in PK–2nd grade (ages 4–7) can compete in the free indi Community Heroes event. Coaches are also welcome to register for any of the other events designed for older students and more advanced ability levels.

Upper Elementary School Students 

Our elementary school events welcome students as young as 8 years old and are perfect for educators looking to introduce their students to STEAM/STEM in an easy, hands-on fashion.

Middle School Students 

Our middle school events welcome students up to 14 years old. No matter the STEM skillset—from beginning to advanced—these events will help hone students' coding and computer science skills.

High School Students

Our high school event welcomes students up to 18 years old. This event is designed for intermediate to advanced STEM and computer science students to showcase their coding skills and design capabilities.
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.

WHAT COACHES GET:

You'll receive the resources 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!

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.
Icon of a bug.
Camera and pencil.
List with check boxes.
Illustration of badges, checklist and a t-shirt.

SEASON 2 RESOURCE LIBRARY

Access and download the Sphero Global Challenge Season 2 mission briefs, challenges, and more in our resource library.