Sphero and the chocolate factory

This activity allows students to use the visual programming software Lightning Lab to control Sphero to act out the role of a fictional character. This activity uses Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl as an example. This lesson idea was created by Steven Payne.

Additional details

Year band(s) 3-4
Content type Lesson ideas
Format Web page
Core and overarching concepts Specification (decomposing problems), Implementation (programming), Computational thinking
Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies code(s)

Define problems with given design criteria and by co-creating user stories


Follow and describe algorithms involving sequencing, comparison operators (branching) and iteration

Technologies & Programming Language​s Robotics and drones
Keywords Sphero, Programming, Robots, Directional language, CSER, Computer Science Education Research Group, Steven Payne
Integrated, cross-curriculum, special needs English



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