Arabian Nights.

Parachute ready, our hero jumps out of the airplane into the desert of mirages. Once he lands and checks his compass, it seems to be broken. The needle keeps spinning around.

Luckily he memorised the map and he still knows big parts of it. After a few hours in the blistering sun he arrives at an oasis. This will be a great place to spend the night.

As he walks closer, his feet get sucked deeper and deeper into the sand. He struggles and tries to grasp on to the grass, but it is too late. He slides down a shaft and lands into a boat.

He’s found it! The Forbidden City. All he has to do now is repair the boat and navigate out of here.

Swift Playgrounds gives learners the opportunity to create something that actually works.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

First we need to build a float with some light materials.

Next insert the Sphero into the boat as the engine.

Now the coding part comes to play, so go ahead and open Swift Playgrounds.

Tap on See All at the lower right hand corner. Scroll to the Sphero section and download the Sphero template.

Next tap on the template in your library to open it.

To connect, hold you robot near your iPad. Make sure Bluetooth is on.

Tap Connect Robot and look for your robot in the list. Tap on it to connect.

Tap on the list icon at the upper left hand corner and select Drive.

Write the code for your float, navigating it through the waters.

When you are ready to give it a go, just tap on Run My Code.

Observe your result and edit where necessary.

Going Further.

You have navigated safely through the waters of the Forbidden City. Congratulations!

This is one of the activities that educators can participate in during The Playground at FETC and TCEA.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:

Apple Teacher

Everyone Can Code

Everyone Can Create

Have fun!