Sphero Versus Dragon Ball-Z

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Brian T. Johnson
Rebecca Bramwell


The lesson begins with a challenge to complete a specific course using a Sphero Spark Plus robot. Spheros were selected for this activity since they provide students with highly engaging opportunities to engaging in productive struggle to master mathematical concepts (Wheeler, Smith & Gardner   ,2020).  Through questioning, students review properties of right triangles, the Pythagorean Theorem, and protractor use before strategically block-coding a path through the course. Students were given a traced practice course, but the final test was to take their Sphero to the “official track” which had bumpers. Will their code be accurate enough to successfully navigate the course? 



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Johnson, B. T., & Bramwell, R. (2022). Sphero Versus Dragon Ball-Z. Journal of Technology-Integrated Lessons and Teaching, 1(2), 10–17. https://doi.org/10.13001/jtilt.v1i2.7229
Author Biographies

Brian T. Johnson

Brian T. Johnson is a School Library Media Specialist at Lakeside Junior High School in Northwest Arkansas by day. At night, he serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Memphis in the Instruction and Curriculum Leadership department and in the Online Teaching Academy program at the University of Central Arkansas. His research interests include information literacy, coding in K-12 education, makerspace environments, successful technology implementations, professional development for adult learners, and flipped learning. He can be contacted about this lesson at b.t.johnson16@gmail.com.

Rebecca Bramwell

Rebecca Bramwell is an Instructional Facilitator at Lakeside Junior High School in Springdale, Arkansas. She has served as a math teacher for ten years. She holds a Math degree from Eastern Illinois University and a Master's Degree in Administration and Leadership from William Woods University. Additionally, she is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer. Her favorite thing about education is the opportunity to collaborate with other educators to create meaningful learning opportunities for students.