Sphero Bolt Workshop (Sponsored by Talent Search, a Federally Funded TRIO Program) (2 hours)
Sphero, Inc. (formerly Orbotix) is an American consumer robotics and
toy company based in Boulder, Colorado.
Sphero Bolt is a transparent version of the Sphero robot, with a
diameter of 73 millimetres (2.9 in) and weighs 200 grams (0.44 lb). It
is sealed and has an inductive charger. This model has the most sensors
of the various Sphero robots, including motor encoders, gyroscope,
accelerometer, 8x8 LED matrix display, compass, infrared, and light
2.1 Ceate variables in your program(15 minutes. 10 minutes practice + 5 minutes discussion)
Watch the following video. Try both positive numbers and negative
numbers for the speed of the motors to move the Sphero Bolt around.
2.2. Contorl the Sphero Bolt using a loop in your program (15 minutes. 10 minutes practice + 5 minutes discussion)
Watch the following video. Use different 'Step Sizes' to accelerate the
Sphero Bolt and observe the different effects to the displacement and
the travelling time. Explain why the displacement and the travelling
time are different.
2.3 The 'IF Statement' (15 minutes. 10 minutes practice + 5 minutes discussion)
The 'IF Statement' makes the robot smart. The robot or any computers you have use the 'IF Statement' to make judgements.
Task 2.3: Watch the following video. Use the 'IF Statement' to limit the speed of the Sphero Bolt.
2.4 Use the 'Loop Until' control module: (15 minutes. 10 minutes practice + 5 minutes discussion)
Task 2.4: Watch the following video. Use the 'Loop Until' function to control the Sphero Bolt
2.5 'Steal' fun code from the 'Community' for your program. (30 minutes. 15 minutes practice + 15 minutes presentation)
Watch the following video. Try different examples from the community,
find your most favorible one and merge it to your program to create
your own customized program. Present your design to us.