Thursday, November 30, 2006
After our interesting day last Thursday I decided to introduce Bee-Bots to my Kindergarten class. The children loved them and were very keen to have a go. After some initial experimentation we used the shapes mat to practise our programming skills. Each child in the class was given the opportunity to program the Bee-Bot to move from one shape to another shape of their choosing. Whilst some children chose simple moves other children tried more complex moves requiring a number of turns. Our most common mistake was not pressing the forward key after programming a turn (the Bee-Bot turned in a circle a number of times).
After a while Peter set us a challenge: Could we make the Bee-Bot go around the outside of the mat until it reached its starting point? We decided to map our path using arrows to help us with programming. On our first attempt we went too far. We then decided to have Mary walk around the mat and record her steps and turns as she went. We then used this plan to program our Bee-Bot. On our next attempt we were successful. The whole class cheered. All the children were engaged in the activity. Alex asked if we could have the Bee-Bot again the next day and this time use the street map! This activity worked really well and the children used a lot of positional language as well as problem solving skills to achieve their result.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Today we met our Bee-bots for the first time. We played and got to know them. Mostly they stayed on the mats but sometimes they got a little stranded (user's mistake). We are looking forward to taking our little bots back to school.
Posted by Cherie at Thursday, November 23, 2006
We came to a planning day not really knowing what to expect and what we were doing. Turns out Beebots is a great new tool for teaching children a range of skills from positioning to design and make activities. It is a fun, bright and inventive hands on robot that gives children an oppurtunity to explore directions. We look forward to implementing BeeBots into our classrooms in the near future.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Bee-bot is a bright and colourful programmable floor robot suitable for students in Early Stage 1 and Stage 1. It enables young children to learn through play about control and directional language and provides a perfect "hands on" introduction to robotics. Easy to use with big arrow buttons and very robust, Bee-Bot is fantastic for children of all abilities. It moves accurately in 15cm steps and makes turns of 90°. It has a large memory of up to 40 steps. Bee-Bot confirms moves and commands with flashing eyes and signals the end of his programmed journey with "BEEP BEEP" sounds. Very Cute!
Your Bee-bot works best on smooth surfaces and is small enough to use on a table. A range of colourful floor mats make engaging contexts for learning. They include a treasure map, a street map and a race track. Transparent grids also support students to create their own obstacle courses and challenges.
Download and watch a video of the Bee-Bot in action or check out the Bee-Bot home page. Click here to download a copy of the Bee-Bot Comic flyer at Box.net
Friday, November 03, 2006
BEEP BEEP! - BEEP BEEP!
A swarm of Bee-Bots have just arrived out Parramatta way. The Bee-Bots, programmable floor robots, have travelled across the seas from the UK and will now be finding their way to early childhood classrooms in four Catholic primary schools in Parramatta Diocese in Western Sydney .
The Bee-Bots project is being developed by Nicole Sprainger and Karen Ferrante, two Education Officers in the Primary Curriculum Unit serving Catholic Education, in the Diocese of Parramatta.
In the pilot program, teachers from the participating schools will meet to devise some learning activities and map them to the curriculum. They will then trial the activities in the next few weeks. We also plan to video and record some of the children in action with their Bee-Bots.
Guess Santa might get a few requests for Christmas!