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Mr. Alva-Lopez from Irving TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bring Spheros to Our Future Heroes

Help me give my students Sphero Robots to learn to code using drop-block based programming.

  • $573 goal

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My Students

I work for a Title I school as a digital learning coach. On my campus, there are 850 students with limited resources. My students are hungry, but, most importantly, they are hungry to learn, curious by nature and passionate about meeting challenges. They all receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school. They don't have the resources others have, but they show up at school every single day, ready to make each day better than the one before by studying harder and with a stronger motivation.

I feel proud when I hear my students make comments such as "When we play, we learn," and I know that with your help, their learning experiences will help me maximize their efforts on the road to success.

My Project

Spheros uses drag and drop, block-based programming to help students code with puzzles. Students can test their coding immediately, make changes to their coding and test it again. Due to the Sphero robot quality, students can create their own maze, code their robot and try to solve it. Students can problem solve and try again. They can also create Sphero robot drop test to test speed, gravity with the accelerometer that it's integrated. This teaches creative solving skills, encourages collaboration, and promotes computer literacy. Finally, the students can program the LED screen to project something on it too. This would work for scavenger hunts or puzzles.

Coding fosters creativity, fosters collaboration, help with math skills, help scholars become confident problem solvers and with these skills prepare them to the future.

Students have an opportunity to learn skills they will apply when creating a function in Excel, creating their own app, or creating a website. Studies have shown students learn better when they have something tangible in their hands that they can touch and create themselves. Imagine the students faced with a problem, collaborating with each other on how to solve it, and putting together the tools their robot needs and the code it will need to solve the problem. Help our students succeed in the future and achieve their goals!

Mr. Alva-Lopez
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Sphero - BOLT • Best Buy Education $149.99 3 $449.97

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