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.
“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.
“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.