Illustration of Earth with a lightbulb, the Global Challenge logo, a BOLT rocket and RVR sitting on top of Mars.
Illustration of Earth with a lightbulb, the Global Challenge logo, a BOLT rocket and RVR sitting on top of Mars.

Sphero Global Challenge

The ultimate STEM, robotics, and design competition.

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Take Flight

The Sphero Global Challenge is 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 2021.

2020/2021 SEASON: THREE UNIQUE STEM EVENTS

Ready to play? The Sphero Global Challenge comprises three unique events. Teams can compete in one event or up to all three with one $75 USD registration fee.

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STEM Competition

Elementary & Middle School Divisions*

littleBits Invent for Good Competition badge.

This hands-on event allows students to solve problems facing the Earth right now.

SKILLS

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
  • Share

PROGRAMMING

Students can take their skills and inventions to the next level with the incorporation of programming as part of their solutions.

EVALUATION

Students will showcase their solutions and inventions with a creative infographic and video as part of their event submission.

INVENT 4 GOOD MISSION BRIEF >

Coding & Robotics Competition

Elementary & Middle School Divisions*

BOLT Space Mission Badge.

Take flight on the BOLT Space Mission! During this event, students are able to put their programming and engineering skills to work.

SKILLS

This event progresses students through mission objectives that promotes computational thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. Students will be challenged to complete the mission objectives while developing or learning different programming skills including:

  • Loops
  • Conditionals
  • Variables
  • Functions

PROGRAMMING

Students will program BOLTs using block or text (JavaScript) programming in the Sphero Edu app.

EVALUATION

Students will demonstrate their skills in their final submission for judging and evaluation

BOLT SPACE MISSION BRIEF >

Programming & Engineering Competition

Elementary & Middle School Divisions*

RVR MARS MISSION BADGE.

Students will design, build, and engineer solutions using RVR and littleBits.

SKILLS

Throughout this event students will work on programming and debugging skills, engineering beginning to intermediate circuits with littleBits, and then combining the two in order to complete the mission objectives. Student will focus on:

  • Algorithms
  • Circuitry
  • Engineering design
  • Debugging

PROGRAMMING

Students can take their next level by programming with a micro:bit (purchased separately) and the littleBits micro:bit adapter

EVALUATION

Students will demonstrate their skills in their final submission for judging and evaluation.

RVR + LITTLEBITS MARS MISSION BRIEF >

  • This hands-on event allows students to solve problems facing the Earth right now.

  • Take flight on the BOLT Space Mission! During this event, students are able to put their programming and engineering skills to work.

  • Students will design, build, and engineer solutions using RVR and littleBits.

SKILLS

  • 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
    • Share
  • This event progresses students through mission objectives that promotes computational thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. Students will be challenged to complete the mission objectives while developing or learning different programming skills including:

    • Loops
    • Conditionals
    • Variables
    • Functions
  • Throughout this event students will work on programming and debugging skills, engineering beginning to intermediate circuits with littleBits, and then combining the two in order to complete the mission objectives. Student will focus on:

    • Algorithms
    • Circuitry
    • Engineering design
    • Debugging

PROGRAMMING

  • Students can take their skills and inventions to the next level with the incorporation of programming as part of their solutions.

  • Students will program BOLTs using block or text (JavaScript) programming in the Sphero Edu app.

  • Students can take their next level by programming with a micro:bit (purchased separately) and the littleBits micro:bit adapter

EVALUATION

  • Students will showcase their solutions and inventions with a creative infographic and video as part of their event submission.

  • Students will demonstrate their skills in their final submission for judging and evaluation

  • Students will demonstrate their skills in their final submission for judging and evaluation.

*Students born after May 1, 2005 are eligible for evaluation and advancing to the Sphero World Championship

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.

Virtual submissions due February 28, 2021

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Take the Challenge Home

The Sphero Global Challenge is committed to inspiring the creators of tomorrow, wherever that may be, even with blended or at-home learning. Learn more about our resources and opportunities for solo teams or virtual meetings to complete The Sphero Global Challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic.

micro:bit invention with laptop in the background.

Elementary and Middle School STEM Competition

The Sphero Global Challenge is able to accomodate ages 7-14 in all of the competitions, making this a great STEM competition for beginners in elementary school or more intermediate STEM students in middle school.

STEM Competitions for Elementary School Students 

In the 2020/2021 Sphero Global Challenge, all of our competitions welcome students as young as 7. This makes it great for elementary educators who are looking to introduce elementary students to STEM in an easy, blended learning fashion.

STEM Competition for Middle School Students 

In the 2020/2021 Sphero Global Challenge, all of our competitions welcome students up to 14 years old. No matter the STEM skillset--from beginning to advanced--our competitions are built to educate and engage STEM students.

micro:bit invention with laptop in the background.

DREAM TEAMS ASSEMBLE

Getting a team started is easy! Coaches do not need to be programmers or educators to support students through the Sphero Global Challenge. Instead, act as a facilitator as students explore, solve problems, and unleash their creativity. Sphero will provide lessons and agendas for each challenge, as well as the support of fellow Coaches in the community forum. The Sphero Global Challenge works great as an after-school program, in a STEM or STEAM Club, as part of a science block during the school day, or even for students to work on at home.

Coaches can lead multiple teams, but how teams are structured is completely up to you. We recommend that an event group consists of up to five students. Teams can also be broken up into smaller event groups. This means that you can have one team of 15 students in event groups of five for each of the three events or you can take your after-school robotics club and have several teams complete just one event.

Team Roles

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Upon Registration, Coaches Will Gain Access To:

  • Coaches’ Guides
  • At-Home and Virtual Coaches’ Guide
  • Team Meeting Agendas
  • Sphero Global Challenge Official Rulesbook
  • Official Evaluation Rubric
  • Sphero Community Customizable Resources and Collateral
  • Downloadable BOLT Space Mission Competition Field
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RESOURCE LIBRARY

Find mission briefs, graphics, training materials, certificates and other helpful tools for competing in the Sphero Global Challenge.

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