Beep, boop, beep! It’s Sphero

Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times

Nord Middle School students show off their programming skills by setting Sphero — a small, ball-shaped robot — loose at an Amherst board of education meeting. They demonstrated how, after hours and hours spent coding, the robot can now roll through an obstacle course, hitting some targets and avoiding others. The robot works on the same principles that brought the spherical droid BB-8 to life in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”