Concordia College

Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, is offering a free NASA professional development activity in the classroom workshop, Spheros in Science, for Minnesota K-12 teachers to integrate coding into their school curriculum. Classes run August 1-5 and will take place virtually.

Participants will receive a free Sphero BOLT, a robotic ball that users can code to follow instructions. Plus, they’ll receive a free one-year Sphero “All Access” pass to schedule personal training with Sphero’s professional learning specialists.

No prior knowledge of coding or robotics is required to attend this workshop. All levels of experience, content knowledge, or grade level are welcome and encouraged to participate.

“Coding is an extremely important skill to have, no matter what field you’re in,” says Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Thelma Berquó, who teaches the course. “It teaches children problem-solving skills and helps them learn in a fun and engaging way.”

Registration is now open at Concordia College. edu/Spheros. Students majoring in education will be waitlisted to give priority to teachers. Participants also have the option of taking the course for graduate credits.

Concordia College is a member of the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, which funds the course. The MnSGC is part of the NASA-funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.

Spheros in Science is offered as part of Concordia’s Graduate and Continuing Studies program. Classes in K-12 education, language, accelerated nursing, pre-medical programs, social work, and other areas of professional development are offered year-round. To learn more, visit ConcordiaContinuingStudies.com.