Sphero SPRK+ is an app-enabled robotic ball made by the same company that created the BB-8 droid for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Members of the Fraser Valley Regional Library can now check one out, free of charge, for a two- or three-week period. (Bryan Rowe/Sphero photo)

Fraser Valley Regional Library rolls out free robot rentals

Sphero SPRK+ is an app-enabled robotic ball designed to inspire curiosity, creativity and invention.

Fraser Valley Regional Library is now in the robotics game.

Right now, anyone with a FVRL library card can check out a Sphero SPRK+ robotic ball, free of charge, for a two- or three-week period.

The small spherical robots, made by the same company that created the BB-8 droid for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, are app-enabled and designed to inspire curiosity, creativity and invention.

Wrapped in a hard plastic shell, the device is durable and waterproof. When connected to Sphero Edu, a social coding app, it becomes a powerful tool for learning, fostering a love of robotics and encouraging the learning of coding and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) principles for all ages.

“FVRL is proud to be one of the first libraries in Canada to loan the Sphero SPRK+ to customers. This is another exciting addition to our ‘playground’ of things, which also includes ukuleles for customers to borrow, as well as green screens and Makey Makeys for use in library programs,” said Heather Scoular, FVRL’s director of customer experience in release to media. “FVRL continues to look for things that support the creative economy and enable our customers of all ages to learn and grow their skills in fun and engaging ways.”

The Spheros will circulate throughout FVRL’s 25 libraries. Each will come in a kit that includes a Sphero SPRK+, inductive charging base, charging cable and protractor.

Sphero SPRK+ launch events will be held at four FVRL locations, including at the George Mackie Library on Wednesday, July 26, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In celebration of this new lending initiative, FVRL is giving away two Sphero SPRK+ robotic balls and accessory packs. Visit fvrlspherosprk.pgtb.me/VdhQxP to enter for your chance to win.

For more information on checking out the Sphero SPRK+, visit fvrl.bc.ca/sphero.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Mudslides close Highway 1 between Hope and Chilliwack

Eastbound lane not expected to reopen until Saturday afternoon.

Liberal and NDP MLAs stand together in support of SOGI education

Bipartisan support for materials that teach about sexual orientation and gender identity

Chilliwack embezzler back in custody after no-show for Tuesday sentencing

Warrant issued for man convicted of stealing large sums of money from First Nation near Agassiz

UPDATE: High streamflow advisory issued for Chilliwack River

River levels rising fast at Vedder gauge

Education minister blasts Chilliwack school trustee on gender issues

Fleming calls Neufeld’s behaviour ‘shameful’ and ‘unacceptable’

VIDEO: Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

This year’s event featured six stops, including viewing points and activity centres.

SFU creates fund in memory of Aiden Serr

A celebration of his life on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. at Maple Ridge Baptist Church.

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Uber official says public needs to push for ridesharing in B.C.

Mike van Hemmen tells Kelowna Chamber of commerce ridesharing would be ‘win-win-win’

B.C. co-ops relieved with Ottawa’s housing strategy

Federal government to have a new co-operative housing funding model in place by 2020

B.C. NDP referendum plan sparks legislature battle

David Eby says public will decide on proportional referendum

Hammy has been freed of his threads, a purple antler remains

The iconic Prince Rupert buck with a piece of hammock attached to his antlers was caught by COs

Court adjourned again for man linked to Shuswap farm where human remains found

Curtis Sagmoen will appear back in court on Dec. 14

B.C. family advocating for drug decriminalization following death of son

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has noted the New Democrats would decriminalize personal possession of all drugs

Most Read