Mechanically, a Sphero device is a spherical robot that can be controlled via bluetooth. I was able to test these out during my Internship, and it was amazing the possibilities. There are many, many apps that one can get on their smartphone to control the Sphero, the coolest of which is their Lightning Lab app.
The Lightning Lab app previously only allowed students to program their Sphero device using block-coding (like Scratch). But, during my time Interning, this app updated to include not just block-coding, but type-coding and (something I had never seen) draw-coding, in which students would draw a path on their smart-device that would then program the Sphero. It was all really cool.
Overall the reason that I think that Spheros are valuable is because it is a device that will get students excited (who doesn’t want to control a robot) about coding, which is such an important skill. My cooperating teacher, @vendi55, always reminded me that, as educators, we are preparing students for jobs that don’t even exist yet, and one of the best ways to do that is to teach them not only the skills involved in computer engineering (as technology becomes more and more prevalent in our society everyday), but the skills that allow them to become producers in an evermore consumer-based society. Thank you for reading.