Kai Symington-Kruus takes Dash for a spin. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)

Learn to program with Sphero and Dash at Rossland Library

Children and adults from Rossland had the chance to meet the library’s two new robots.

Children and adults from Rossland had the chance to meet the library’s two new robots over Spring Break.

Kai Symington-Kruss, student employee at the Rossland Public Library, showed Rosslanders what robots Dash and Sphero can do during three sessions on Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22.

Dash, a blue robot that looks like four balls stacked together, is meant for children aged five to eight and can be programmed in several different ways.

He can be programmed using an app that uses a drag and drop interface, using block coding or by drawing a path for him to follow. The different apps also use quests to help the user learn how to use the different programming methods.

Dash also has his own ball launcher, can be programmed to play the xylophone and can be driven manually, rather than through programming.

Sphero can also be driven manually or programmed using block coding or by drawing a path.

The little ball doesn’t come with Dash’s fun accessories, but he can be programmed using text coding, which offers more of a challenge for older children or adults.

Visit the Rossland Public Library’s Facebook page or rossland.bc.libraries.coop over the next little bit to see what kind of fun learning opportunities the library will offer with Dash and Sphero.

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