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SPRK Lightning Lab - Programming for Sphero Robots

By Orbotix Inc.

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SPRK Lightning Lab is the Sphero app for programming Sphero robots. Go beyond code by incorporating unique STEAM activities to complete with your bot.

Designed to be truly scalable, Lightning Lab beginners can give robots commands by drawing a path in the app for their robot to follow. Intermediate coders can utilize the block-based drag and drop interface, while pros can use text programming and write their own code.

Lightning Lab is built for makers, students, instructors, and parents. Join the growing community and share your creations to inspire and be inspired. The interactive platform allows you to keep track of your class or group from one easy place. Anyone can save their progress, jump from device to device, and continue the discovery from anywhere. Preparing for the future has never been so fun.


Draw - Beginners can give robots commands by drawing a path in the app for their robot to follow.
Blocks - Intermediate coders can utilize the familiar block-based drag and drop interface.
Text - Pros can use text programming and write their own code like a boss.

Program a painting. Navigate a maze. Mimic the solar system. Swim across the water. Have a dance party… The only limit is your imagination.

Need a brain break? Go Drive and play.

Review student progress by assigning activities. Evaluate student programs and stay in tune with your class without being behind a computer.

Clever users can sign in, and instructors will have class rosters synced.

Learning is evolving. Get on the ball. Order a SPRK+ robot today at

*Supported Robots: SPRK+, SPRK Edition, Sphero 2.0, Ollie and BB-8
**Supported Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese and Korean

What's New in Version 3.0.3

Fixes Bluetooth issue with all BLE robots (SPRK+, Ollie, BB-8) that blocked programs from running and caused firmware updates to stall.


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Customer Reviews


As a teacher I begged my school district to purchase five of these and five new iPads to go with them in order to teach my students about robotics and coding...the school agreed, but wanted to see we are and the app gets stuck on updating firmware screen with no way to skip it or get around literally sits there for hours (I've tried multiple networks to make sure it wasn't an internet connection issue).

So basically I have administration asking for results after spending close to two grand that I can't produce because they won't get past the firmware update.

Very disappointed and I would return this in an instant if it had been a personal purchase.

Update: Sphero immediately contacted me and worked to get the app updated and expedited into the App Store, the update made this app and the surrounding issues and non-issue.

Sphero's customer service during this process was excellent and extremely helpful, it was quite nice to see how a company so dedicated to the customer support aspect of their business.

Very pleased and will be recommending to my school board that our district invests even more in this company.

Awesome upgrade for BB-8!

I just found out that I could use BB-8 with this app. Awesome upgrade from the regular BB-8 app!

Lightning lab

Lightning lab is great for kids and way more fun and educational.

SPRK Lightning Lab - Programming for Sphero Robots
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.0.3
  • Size: 129 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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