After doing the test run with the Sphero in the pool a few weeks ago and getting great feedback from the great folks at Sphero, Marv and I decided to give it a try again this time with paddles!
Thanks to some duck tape, I was able to design some paddles which I put onto the Sphero. Both Mr. Alexander and I agreed that it did go a little faster this way. After talking more with Marv about what his thought were for the Sphero, he decided that it might not be able to be used to pace swimmers but the Sphero but could possibly be used with struggling swimmers.
We did decided it had enough possibilities for his class, that I left one for him and I hope that he continues to experiment with it. I have asked Mr. Alexander to keep me updated on how things are going and hopefully I can report back to you soon on how it is working in a swimming setting. Since I will be leaving the district I sadly can not see this experiment through.
I need to thank Mr. Alexander for agreeing to take a risk and work try this new technology in his classroom. Not all teachers would have done that. Thanks!
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