Thursday, May 23, 2024

# Using A Sphero BB-8 Droid In The Classroom

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Ages: 2-11

Use a Sphero BB-8 Droid with your children by exploring our collection of cross-curricular teaching ideas and classroom activities!

If you have any suggestions of your own, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page.

## Teaching Ideas and Resources:

### English

• Use the BB-8 as a character in your own fiction writing.
• Write a story from the point of view of the droid.
• Create a poster to advertise the droid to others.
• Write a set of instructions (or a ‘How to…’ guide) to teach others how to use the robot.

### Maths

• Use the BB-8 to review compass directions by making it move north, south, east and west.
• Create a large co-ordinates grid on the floor and move the BB-8 to specific locations on the grid, as directed by the teacher.
• Carry out some ‘races’ and record how long it takes BB-8 to travel a certain distance. Use the results for data handling / statistics activities.

### Science

• Discuss how the BB-8’s ‘head’ stays attached to the base. This could be used as the starting point for work on magnetism.

### Computing

• Use the BB-8 for control technology activities. Can you guide it safely from one location to another? Could you use it to knock over some skittles in different locations around the classroom?
• Discuss how the BB8 works:
• What features does it have?
• How does it move?
• What functions does the app perform?
• How does the app communicate with the droid?
• Explore the How does BB-8 work? site and use this as the starting point for other discussions about robots and their construction.
• Discuss how robots help us today and how they may improve in the future.

### Design Technology

• Design and create a maze that the BB-8 can travel around. This could be created using building blocks, Lego bricks or other construction materials.
• Create an ‘assault course’ for the BB-8 to explore!
• Design a shelter to protect the droid from the elements on other planets.
• Think about how the BB-8 could be improved and design a new version (i.e. a BB-9). What additional features could it have?
• Create a life-size model of a BB-8 droid.