Sphero Global Challenge Season 2 FAQs

What is the cost of the Sphero Global Challenge?

  • $75 is the cost to register a team for the Sphero Global Challenge. This is a team registration cost, so multiple teams would require multiple registration fees.

What does the registration cost include?

  • With the registration fee, a team can complete virtual submissions for the events of the Sphero Global Challenge in their age bracket. Included in the registration costs are coaches guides, rules documents, evaluation rubrics, and digital materials to support recruiting and marketing in your school.

How many students can be on a registered team?

  • Teams are recommended to be 3-5 students per event to promote collaboration and spread the workload. Teams should not be larger than 5.

What hardware is required for competing?

  • BOLT: Space Mission
    • 2 BOLT robots are required
    • Craft supplies
  • littleBits Invent 4 Good: Mission Earth
    • STEAM+ or STEAM Student Set are recommended
    • Craft supplies
  • RVR+littleBits: Mars Mission:
    • 1 RVR
    • littleBits Kit (RVR Topper Kit recommended)
    • Craft supplies

What is the competition season? Deadlines for submitting?

  • Team registration may be purchased on Sphero.com starting in July 2021.
  • Once you have access to the materials, you can begin the work on completing the mission objectives
  • Final submissions are due on 2/11/2022 at 11:59pm ET

Can a coach manage more than 1 team?

  • Yes. There are no limits to the number of teams that a coach manages.

What is a coach’s responsibility?

  • A coach should be a supervisory adult willing to facilitate team meetings and work sessions (don’t worry, we provide some agendas for you to follow. A coach is also responsible for registration, payment, and submitting the final virtual submissions.

Do teams have to be school based?

  • Teams do not need to be based out of a school. The only requirement is that there is at least 1 child in the appropriate age range with a supervising adult to act as coach and submit materials on behalf of the students.

What are the criteria for advancing to the Sphero World Championships?

  • Advancement criteria are described in detail in the Sphero Global Challenge Official Rules, but the high-level overview is that teams will be evaluated on their Event Score and their Overall Performance Score across all events (Upper Elementary and Middle School divisions only).

How do I register a team for the Sphero Global Challenge

  • Registration is purchased on the Sphero.com store.
    • Select the age bracket your team will be competing in
    • Select quantity of teams to register
  • After payment for the registration has been processed, you will receive an email with a form to finalize your teams’ registration.
  • After finalizing the registration, you will receive an email with all of the coaching materials to compete in this season’s Sphero Global Challenge!

Are there prizes for teams that are selected as Finalists?

  • There will be non-cash prizes awarded to teams that are selected as finalists. This may include Sphero products, trophies, badges, plaques, etc.

What is the Sphero World Championship

  • The Sphero World Championship is the finals for teams selected from the first round of the virtual competition. The Sphero World Championship will be a live, virtual competition and travel will not be required for any teams to participate. We will provide more information on the Sphero World Championship as the competition season progresses.
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