SGC Season 5 Registration (Middle School)

SKU: 990-Global052
Price:
$100

The Sphero Global Challenge for middle school learners (ages 11–14; students must be born after May 1, 2010, meaning they will be 14 or younger when the Sphero World Championship is held in Spring 2025) will challenge learners to become master programmers, problem solvers, and top-notch teammates. With Mission Objectives designed for all ability levels, we believe that students will grow and have a blast on this time-traveling adventure.

The Sphero Global Challenge allows students to compete with their peers around the world, with the top teams invited to participate in our Sphero World Championship in Spring 2025, where they can put their skills to the ultimate test.

With your registration, you will choose one of the two Events to compete in:

RVR+: Portal Through Time
RVR+ is a great companion for time travel! Starting in the present day and moving through the past and into the future, RVR+ and Blueprint will help you transport supplies, autonomously navigate different terrains, and help you learn to code along the way.

BOLT: Time Travel Odyssey
Have you ever wished you could experience a different time in human history? Well, there’s no time like the present to time travel. Grab your friends, two BOLT robots, and your Sphero Global Challenge Blueprint Kit, and prepare for an adventure. Don’t forget to bring your best teamwork, problem solving, and communication skills to accomplish the Mission Objectives and safely return home!

Robots and the Sphero Global Challenge Season 5 Blueprint Kit are required for these events and are sold separately. See all required materials below.

Coaching materials will be available after redeeming your team’s code on the Official Sphero Global Challenge Registration Site.


Have questions?
Check out our SGC FAQs or contact competitions@sphero.com

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What's Included

  • Coaching Guide
  • Mission Objectives for RVR+ and BOLT
  • Competition Rules and Evaluation Rubric
  • Meeting Agendas
  • Submission Slideshow Templates
  • Coaching support from the Sphero team

Important Dates

Virtual Submissions

May 15, 2024 - Registration Opens

September 24, 2024 - Coaches Webinar and Season Kickoff

January 14, 2025 - Office Hours Webinar for Coaches

February 3, 2025 - Registration Deadline (virtual submissions)

February 14, 2025 - Virtual Submissions Due

April 21 - May 1, 2025 - Sphero World Championships - where finalists get their moment in the spotlight with our judges for a brief and exciting evaluation period.


Regional Invitationals - In-Person

Teams near select locations have the opportunity to compete in person in regional invitationals and state tournaments. See the full list of in-person opportunities here.

What You'll Need to Compete (per group)

BOLT: Time Travel Odyssey

(2) Sphero BOLT robots (sold separately)

(1) Required: Sphero Global Challenge Season 5 Blueprint Kit (sold separately; shipping early August)

BOLT Maze and Grid Mat (recommended but not required; Coaching Guide provides alternatives & printable instructions)

(2) programming devices with the Sphero Edu app installed

2 x 1 meter hard, flat surface for the Competition Field

Video recording device (such as a smartphone)


RVR+: Portal Through Time

(1) Sphero RVR or RVR+ robot (sold separately)

(1) Sphero Global Challenge Season 5 Blueprint Kit (sold separately, shipping early August)

(1) RVR+ Blueprint plate (optional but recommended, sold separately)

Programming devices with access to the Sphero Edu app installed

6’ x 9’ hard & flat surface for the RVR+ Competition Field + materials for marking the field

Video recording device (such as a smartphone)

BOLT: Time Travel Odyssey

Have you ever wished you could experience a different time in human history?

Well, there’s no time like the present to time travel. Grab your friends, two BOLT robots, and the Sphero Global Challenge Blueprint Kit, and prepare for an adventure. Don’t forget to bring your best teamwork, problem solving, and communication skills to accomplish the Mission Objectives and safely return home!

RVR+: Portal Through Time

RVR+ is a great companion for time travel!

Starting in the present day and moving through the past and into the future RVR+ will help you transport supplies, autonomously navigate through different terrains, and help you learn coding along the way.

Gather Your Chrononaut Crew!

Starting a team to embark on a journey through time is easier than you think! Coaches do not need to be programmers or 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.

The Coaching Guides will give you the tools and structure to guide your students through each event. 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. After purchasing the registration, you will be emailed a redemption code, which you can use to register your team on the official Sphero Global Challenge site. For larger groups, we recommend forming multiple teams. In this case, you need to purchase a registration and enter a redemption code for each team separately. Coaches are welcome to lead as many teams as they'd like.

Team Roles

We encourage students to take on a role for the competition (or switch them for each Mission Objective) to establish a sense of agency.

Suggested roles could include, but are not limited to, the following:

ProgrammerEngineerDebuggerDesignerMission Manager

A Challenge That’s FUN

“Be ready for a challenge, but it's a really fun one. You should still do it even if you don’t know how to code. Overcoming all the unexpected challenges and figuring it out is the best part.”

–Team 23983A, The Sphero Heroes

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indi: Jurassic Journey

Age Brackets

Early Elementary (Ages 4-8)chevron_right

Skills

Students will create a time-traveling machine to transport indi to the past, where indi will follow a dinosaur for a day and demonstrate their understanding of:

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

What You'll Need

• 1 Sphero indi Student Kit per group (sold separately)
• Various craft supplies (available in Sphero Craft Pack)
• Video recording device (such as a smartphone)
• Optional: Access to Sphero Edu Jr app
• Optional: Compatible iOS/Android device
• Optional: Sphero Craft Pack

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BOLT: Time Travel Odyssey

Age Brackets

Upper Elementary (Ages 8-11)chevron_right

Middle School (Ages 11-14)chevron_right

Skills

Students take BOLT and Blueprint on a journey through time, completing fun and challenging Missions in the past, present, and future— while learning different skills, including:

• Loops
• Conditionals
• Variables
• Functions

What You'll Need

• 2 Sphero BOLT robots per group (sold separately)
• 1 Sphero Global Challenge Season 5 Blueprint Kit (sold separately)
BOLT Maze and Grid Mat (recommended not required; Coaching Guide provides alternatives & printable instructions)
• 6’ x 9’ hard & flat surface for the Competition Field + materials for marking the field
• Video recording device (such as a smartphone)
• 2 programming devices with the Sphero Edu app installed

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RVR+: Portal Through Time

Age Brackets

Upper Elementary (Ages 8-11)chevron_right

Middle School (Ages 11-14)chevron_right

Skills

Students will program RVR+ to transport supplies and autonomously navigate through time and space through five Mission Objectives that develop programming skills, including:

• Loops
• Conditionals
• Variables
• Functions

What You'll Need

• 1 Sphero RVR+ or RVR robot per group (sold separately)
• 1 Sphero Global Challenge Season 5 Blueprint Kit (sold separately)
1 RVR+ Blueprint Plate (recommended but optional, sold separately)
• 6’ x 9’ hard & flat surface for the Competition Field + materials for marking the field
• Video recording device (such as a smartphone)
• 1 programming device with the Sphero Edu app installed