School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)'s 2nd Annual Middle School Sphero Challenge was held on Thursday, May 25 at Winslow Centre featuring teams of grade 6, 7, and 8 students working collaboratively, exercising their computation thinking skills and solving problems through coding with Spheros.
Eleven middle schools in the district were represented with over 90 students and teachers involved in the event. Each schools' teams were put through a series of challenges in order to demonstrate their critical thinking, coding ability and showmanship.
Student teams engaged in three events – 2 Critical Thinking Challenges, The Sphero Maze, and Sphero Chariot Challenge, and a pre-programmed, Innovative/Creative Design Presentation. The Critical Thinking Challenges required the students to identify a problem and code the Sphero to overcome it. Alternatively, the Innovative/Creative Challenge provided each team of students an opportunity to present a prepared display of coding using Sphero robots and assessed by a panel of judges including SD43 Assistant Superintendent Carey Chute, and representatives from community partner, Finger Food Studios.
SD43 Superintendent Patricia Gartland kicked off the event remotely with an inspirational speech in the morning to the students while SD43 Board Trustee Carol Cahoon, and Director of Instruction/CIO Stephen Whiffin were on hand throughout the day supporting the efforts of all the students.
Students from iHub Secondary provided the volunteer crew who played significant roles in making the day a huge success.
Awards and prizes, including Star Wars themed and new mini Sphero units, and were presented to teams exhibiting the top score, most spirited, and best teamwork.
Top Score – Citadel Middle
Sprit Award – Como Lake Middle
Teamwork Award – Summit Middle
Congratulations to all students for their participation and for showing their enthusiasm, creativity and innovation at the event.