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Kids Learn Beginner Text-Based Robot Programming at Adler Planetarium

Sphero Rangers is returning to Chicago!  Our friends at the Adler Planetarium are going to be teaching kids about robotics, programming, and how it applies to space exploration on an ongoing basis.  This will be our kickoff event.

We will provide updates on any changes here on this page. This is the only place to RSVP. Please do not email Adler staff about RSVPs or the waiting list; a single system helps us stay organized so we can provide a great program.

Can't wait to see all our Chicago Sphero Rangers!- Jenica

If you don't know much about Sphero - check out this video or visit our website.

The Sphero programming class is free with General Admission to the Adler. Adler admission is $12 for Adults and $8 for Children ages 3-11. We’ll make sure you have plenty of time to both explore the museum and learn with the robots.

The event is 1 hour long.  This class will be for older or more advanced students - 8th graders through high school.  We have a class for younger kids or those just getting their feet wet with programming at another timeslot.  This is just a guideline - happy to have kids with different skills sit in a group best aligned with their abilities.

This group will learn to program Sphero with our newly released app called orbBasic.  This is a variant of the old BASIC programming language from the TRS-80 computer.  orbBasic allows Sphero to be programmed to perform autonomous functions.  In this class, students will learn to actually write lines of code.

Skills learned / reinforced: angles, basic geometry, top down programming, understanding time vs. distance traveled, heading angles, variables, conditional statements, loops, using mathematical operators, syntax 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, we have a lot to learn in an hour!

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 Adler Planetarium, we're excited about their efforts to teach these classes on an ongoing basis. We can’t wait to meet our Chicago Rangers!

Adler Planetarium Arrival Information

9:30am to 4:30pm

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