News


RS Components introduces robot-based learning

February 2019 News

RS Components has announced the availability of a new product, Sphero’s SPRK+, which is designed to provide students with hands-on computer programming education. Sphero embraces the understanding that play is a powerful teacher and its SPRK+ provides engaging activities and lesson plans for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) learning.

The new product supports RS’ longstanding programme to support the learning and development of the engineers of tomorrow, both at school and at higher academic levels. Designed to inspire creativity and invention, the SPRK+ robot delivers a complete hands-on experience for young people to learn about programming and robotics and share their creations with a community of other Sphero users.

The SPRK+ robot is designed for use with the Sphero Edu app. The platform provides learning activities, lesson plans and games. Combined together, children can learn to code through simple drawing, blocks-based coding and JavaScript.

Each SPRK+ robot has a highly durable scratch-resistant UV-coated polycarbonate shell and provides an attractive built-in LED-supplied glow. It is controllable by users via Bluetooth Smart and can be charged up via inductive charging, which provides more than one hour of use on a full battery. New product features can be introduced via app and firmware updates.

In addition to the availability of the individual Sphero SPRK+ robot, a special education pack that includes a set of 12 robots is available for purchase by educational institutions.


Credit(s)



Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

From the editor’s desk: Edge, cloud or both?
June 2019, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control) , News
In the illusory world of digital transformation, the question of where the applications will best be hosted often triggers a lively discussion. In particular, the cloud vs. edge debate has left many wondering ...

Read more...
Wireless IoT devices in oil and gas reached 1,3 million in 2018
June 2019 , News
According to a new research report from Berg Insight, the number of devices featuring cellular or satellite connectivity deployed in oil and gas applications amounted to 1,3 million at the end of 2018. ...

Read more...
Siemens and Iraqi government sign roadmap agreement
June 2019, Siemens Digital Industries , News
In a move that takes the roadmap for rebuilding Iraq’s power sector a step further, Siemens and the Ministry of Electricity of the Republic of Iraq have signed an implementation agreement. This builds ...

Read more...
Emerson acquires KNet software
June 2019, Emerson Automation Solutions , News
Emerson has announced the acquisition of KnowledgeNet (KNet) software from Tunisia-based Integration Objects. KNet’s unique analytics application software accelerates digital transformation initiatives ...

Read more...
BI set to add ContiTech belts to its range
June 2019 , News
Bearings International (BI) is set to add to its basket of premium brands following a visit by the ContiTech Power Transmission Group to discuss a local distribution agreement for its belt ranges. These ...

Read more...
Endress+Hauser expands patent portfolio
June 2019, Endress+Hauser , News
The number of patents submitted by the Endress+Hauser Group continues to rise. As reported during the annual Innovators’ Meeting held this year in France, the Group submitted 287 initial patents in 2018, ...

Read more...
Hyflo Southern Africa incorporated into BMG’s Fluid Technology division
June 2019, Bearing Man Group t/a BMG , News
The Engineering Solutions Group (ESG) of Invicta Holdings has incorporated Hyflo Southern Africa into BMG’s Fluid Technology Division. This development is a positive move for both companies and for the ...

Read more...
Festo to go digital at Automation Expo
June 2019, Festo , News
The world is currently undergoing radical digital transformation, which is viewed as an implementation of digital technologies in all sectors, including the automation industry. As a company that continuously ...

Read more...
MESA aligns with Africa Automation Fair to promote next level industry automation
June 2019, Reed Exhibitions , News
MESA Africa has aligned with Africa Automation Fair for the first time this year, to help drive the next level of industry automation in South Africa. Vice chairman, Gerhard Greeff, explains that MESA’s ...

Read more...
Future Production Technologies Conference
June 2019 , News
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution will herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management and governance,” says Bob Williamson, chair of the Future Production Technologies Conference ...

Read more...