What is it
Sphero SPRK Edition and the SPRK app are designed to inspire a love of robotics, coding, and STEM principles while teaching the power of cause, effect, and conditions in programming. The clear shell allows users to see the immediate connection between the program they created and how the guts of their Sphero work. Sphero SPRK Edition, coupled with the intelligently designed app experience, encourages users to think deeper and generate new ideas for what’s possible between a program, a robot, the physical world, and their imagination.
The new SPRK app is free and is available for download in the App Store for iOS devices and Play Store for Android phones and tablets.
What our team of testers said
"It's really cool, look it can do a figure of eight!" - Girl aged 12
"This is challenging to understand but interesting to find out." - Boy aged 13
- Teaches robotics and programming through play
- Appeals to both girls and boys
- Encourages decision making and logic skills
What our experts think
We loved how the children enjoyed developing their programming skills in a fun, cool way that appeals to both girls and boys. Even girls who don’t really like computing or coding thought that it was fun. This is a fantastic toy that develops skills such as decision making and logic and boosts children’s confidence. Whilst children as young as 8 really enjoyed it straight out of the box, secondary school children can learn even more from the SPRK app as they develop more complex coding skills.
The personalisation features such as choosing colour helps children engage with it right from the start, while the speed and time features allow children to learn quickly through trial and error and develop the complexity of the activity gradually and at their own pace.
Please note that while we have specifically reviewed the Sphero SPRK edition, the Sphero ball is also compatible with the full range of Sphero apps.
- RRP: £99.95
- Brands: Orbotix, Sphero
- Battery Operated
- Interact with an app
- Toy Types: Electronic & app toys
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Computing and Technology
Logic, strategy & problem solving
Understanding the world