Battle Some Bots With Our SpherOlympics Games!

The Summer Olympics may be coming to Paris in July, but here at San Mateo County Libraries, we're starting the games early with SpherOlympics 2024!

At SpherOlympics, we challenge kids of all ages to test their guts and talents by competing in different sports. In our games, children may be playing, but they won't break a sweat because our Olympians are robots—Sphero, opens a new window robots, that is.

What are Sphero robots?

Sphero robots are programmable bots designed as STEAM-based educational tools, helping kids grow, create and learn in a more advanced, engaging, hands-on manner.

What are the SpherOlympics?

SpherOlympics is a new program coming to San Mateo County Libraries. This program will challenge kids to use Sphero robots in sport exercises to boost interest in computer science, robotics, innovation and engineering.

SpherOlympics builds a greater appreciation of the cultural significance of sporting events. Our games will inspire children to explore the historical importance and current social impact of the Olympics on the world stage. By basing the challenges on Olympic sports and guidelines, we aim to provide a framework for understanding concepts such as teamwork, fair play, skill development and sportsmanship. Competing in SpherOlympics promotes positive social interaction and emotional development in our youth!

When, Where, How?

Starting in February, San Mateo County Libraries will host this program at different locations, so stop by your favorite library and experience the thrill firsthand. We'll have the robots ready, you just have to bring your imagination and creativity. Check out the schedule below:

Friday, February 23, 3:30–4:30 PM at Half Moon Bay

Monday, February 26, 3:30–4:30 PM at Foster City Library

Tuesday, February 27, 3:30–5:00 PM at Belmont Library

Wednesday, May 8, 3:00-4:00 PM at Woodside Library

We are excited to announce more SpherOlympic events soon. In the meantime, check out some other robotics and coding programs happening at our libraries in the events calendar!