PYLUSD elementary students will learn how to code with Sphero robots

Wagner Elementary School principal, Janice Weber, along with teachers Pamela Munoz, Diane Seitz, and Carrie Pipkin are pictured (left to right) with Superintendent Dr. Greg Plutko on the day they received their Sphero SPRK+ Power Packs. Coding, here they come!

On Monday, October 1, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District’s (PYLUSD) first Sphero SPRK+ Power Packs were distributed to Wagner Elementary School teachers Carrie Pipkin, Diane Seitz, and Pamela Munoz. Superintendent, Dr. Greg Plutko, Deputy Superintendent, Candy Plahy, Director of K-12 Innovation and Technology, Cary Johnson, and STEM Coordinator, Eddie Tabata, hand delivered the new, future-ready technology to the campus in Placentia.

Powered by the Sphero Edu app, the Power Pack includes 12 spherical robots that will assist in teaching coding to young PYLUSD students. Coding is the computer language used to develop apps, websites, software, and more.

The Sphero SPRK+ Power Packs.

The Sphero SPRK+ Power Packs.

“Spheros engage students in the possibilities of computer programming by seeing their coding brought to life in real time by the Sphero robots,” shared Johnson.

According to Sphero, their technology is designed for learner progression, as the Sphero Edu app allows users to program robots in three different ways — drawing, blocks, or text.

For instance, young students can draw paths that represent code for their robot to follow. Slightly more advanced coders can utilize the Sphero “Scratch” block-based programming interface. Advanced coders can use the traditional JavaScript and write text programs like a professional.

“The hope is that this exploration will lead to interest in the high demand and high wage careers of the future,” Johnson went on to say.

Sphero in PYLUSD.

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