Over the last fortnight, nearly 200 students in Year Two have utilized Bee-Bots to develop directionality, sequencing, estimation, problem-solving as well as to have fun. Bee-Bots not only serve as an entry mechanism for more complex robotics but used correctly, can be a versatile tool for teachers wanting to creatively teach classroom content.
It has been a fortnight of collaboration and productive struggle where the children have been challenged to think outside the box. Initially, the children began by familiarising themselves with how to program the Bee-Bots. The simplicity of the programming ensures that the children are not developing programming skills in isolation but through the exploration of mathematical concepts. The children worked collaboratively to complete the following tasks:
- Moving a Bee-Bot successfully around a variety of mazes both forwards and backwards
- Creating a line maze for Bee-Bots in groups
- Completing other groups’ line mazes
All tasks were set within specific parameters which meant the children had to persevere and work together to be successful in each challenge. The challenges also required a variety of different skills which ensured that there were high levels of engagement from all students. Undoubtedly, it was a highly educational and enjoyable experience for all involved.
Ms Lauren Ryan, Year Two Teacher