This week we received 12 Bee-Bots on loan from the University of Adelaide for the term. On Thursday, Year 1 Charity worked with the Middle School Love iPals leadership group to discover how these worked and to develop ideas of how they could be used in the classroom. Before the staff meeting the teachers also had a turn discovering how they could incorporate them across the curriculum.
The Bee-Bots work through the use of directional keys which are used to enter up to 40 commands that send the Bee-Bot forward, back, left and right. Pressing the green GO button starts the Bee-Bot on its way. The Bee-Bot blinks and beeps at the conclusion of each command to allow children to follow the Bee-Bot through the program they have entered and then confirms its completion with lights and sound.
These are added to our Spheros developing the students STEAM skills throughout the curriculum. The students will use both of these robotics to develop their sequencing, estimating, problem-solving and technology skills.