Sphero Super(post)man: Deliver the Mail, Save the Day!
One time workshop
Suitable for Beginners
Suitable for Beginners to Eiken Level 3
Ever struggle with everyday directions in English – words like “right”, “left”, “forwards” and “backwards”? Or wonder how apps like Google Maps work to help you get to your destination?
In this workshop, kids learn the science and English of navigation, as they guide a friendly postman to deliver all the mail to save the day! Figure out how to get to your destinations quickly, while avoiding tricky obstacles… then communicate your route clearly and accurately to the little robot!
Introduction to Programming
Kids are introduced to the basics of computational thinking, and learn how the right commands and sequences lead to consistent, predictable outcomes. Now can you get your Sphero Super(post)man to his destination safely?
The Coding Behind Real World Technology
Giving and understanding directions to a computer plays a part in so much of our everyday technology. As we enter a future of self-driving cars, learn about the history of communication, how it has evolved with technology, and imagine what might come next!
Practice English in a fun, immersive environment
English is easy to pick up when you learn it in a relevant context. Learn from our friendly and supportive instructors, and use the day’s vocabulary to share your ideas and improve your project!
What You'll Learn
The road to mastering programming is long, but adventure awaits at every corner! For kids and parents curious about programming, this bite-sized 90 min workshop offers a fun, hands-on introduction to robotics and programming:
- Introduction to programming: how do robots understand humans?
- Logic and sequencing: put your code in the correct order
- Tangible programming: how does code control a robot’s movements?
- English you can use in everyday life: Learn and practise English words related to everyday directions and navigation with fun and encouraging instructors
What You'll Create
In this workshop, designed to expose kids to interactive technology, kids meet Sphero Mini, a ping-pong ball sized robot that contains a gyroscope, accelerometer and LED lights. With a multitude of ways to control its movements – from block-based programming to touch screen and even facial recognition – kids learn how the ways in which we communicate with computers has evolved over time.
It’s not all fun and games though! When it comes to programming, the slightest mistakes in your commands can make a huge difference to what the computer does. Take up the challenge, and help plot your Super(post)Man’s route and save the day when everyone gets their mail in good time!
Sample Lesson Flow
- Introduction to thematic target English through flashcards, videos and stories
- Practice listening and speaking with level-specific worksheet
Coding and Tinkering Time!
- Introduction to thematic coding concepts
- Build, code and experiment!
Sharing and Wrap-up!
- Review and sharing of the coding and English you learned
- Creative exercise
- Continue the learning at home, with videos and (optional) parent-child activities!
“When we started using Sphero in our classes, it was love at first sight! Kids love being able to interact with technology, especially a moving, pocket-sized one like Sphero. Parents, if you’ve ever felt that your child has trouble concentrating when it comes to problem solving, you’ll be amazed at how much they are able to challenge themselves in a workshop like this! ”
Fongyee Ng, Lead Instructor
What Comes After
programming, robotics, and English – and complements our other 2-hour workshops – Rock Out With Banana Guitar Hero and Race Your Robots – Fast and Furious Strawbees Crawlers – which cover different aspects of coding and thematic English vocabulary!
Keep the fun and learning going! Kids hungry for another dose of our fun-packed creative coding workshops can also join our Saturdayland: Build Your World with Coding and English program, consisting of regular weekly 90 minute classes. Build more complex robots with Strawbees, and learn the important concepts behind Scratch – the world’s most popular introductory coding language for kids. Later lessons in the Saturdayland series will cover micro:bit, creative computing, advanced Scratch… and much more!
Kids who graduate from the Saturdayland program will be:
- Well versed in intermediate to advanced block-based programming
- Familiar with the basics of electronics, robotics and making
- Able to understand and speak English more naturally, at a level above their peers
- A joyful English learner, seeing English as fun, easy to learn and relevant to everyday life