This will be our seventh Sphero Rangers meetup teaching kids how to program Sphero – and we’re going national! The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is hosting our first event outside of Colorado.
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The Sphero programming class is free with General Admission to the MSI. MSI admission is $18 for Adults and $11 for Children ages 3-11 (Chicago residents are $15 Adults/ $10 children.)We’ll make sure you have plenty of time to both explore the museum and learn with the robots.
This event is 2 hours long. This class will be for younger kids - 4th grade to 7th grade, or those just getting their feet wet with programming. We will teach a more advanced section for 8th graders through high school at another timeslot. This is just a guideline - happy to have kids with different skills sit in a group best aligned with their abilities.
The younger group will focus on learning to program Sphero using an app called MacroLab. It is a simple Android/iOS app that lets the kids write visual scripts to program Sphero to change colors and drive geometric patterns.
Skills learned / reinforced: angles, basic geometry, top down programming, understanding time vs. distance traveled, heading angles, loops, and problem solving. It is a great way for kids to apply lessons in school to a real world object. No previous experience or knowledge of Sphero is necessary.
Instruction will happen for about an hour then kids will work on a series of challenges at their own pace but have instructors available to assist. Please try to arrive on time - if you'll be late don't worry, we can bring you up to speed but you might have to wait until the formal presentation is done.
BRING your own iOS or Android device if you have one - if not, one will be provided. We'll provide the Spheros.
PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS - just let us know how many are coming in your RSVP.
We would like to thank the staff at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago for being so generous and opening up their facility to help us out. We can’t wait to meet our Chicago Rangers!
Museum of Science & Industry Arrival Information
Just before the start of the event we will meet meet at the information desk in Main Level 2 and walk up to the E-Suite together.
9:30am to 5:30pm
COMING TO THE MUSEUM AND PARKING
By Car: Parking is available in the underground garage (accessible at the traffic light at Cornell and 57th street). Take a ticket upon entry. Enter the Museum through the main Entry Hall and proceed to ticketing to purchase general admission.
*Note: Parking in the underground garage is $20.00 for guests
By Public Transportation: The Museum is accessible by Metra and a number of CTA buses-#6, #10, #55, #28. If arriving by public transportation, enter the Museum through the main Front Entrance (accessible by the large revolving doors at street level). Walk down the stairs to the main Entry Hall and proceed to ticketing to purchase general admission.
The e-Suite is located on Balcony Level 3. Take the yellow stairs to Balcony Level 3. Turn right and proceed through the Chemistry Hall. The room will be on your right. If you have reached the end of the Chemistry Hall, you’ve gone too far. The e-Suite is located on the general map, which can be found at the info desk on Main Level 2.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
In case of an accident or other emergency while you are here: There will be two security staff members throughout the Museum. If you are unable to reach a security staff member, ask any MSI staff person or volunteer to call security for help.