Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. It is telling a computer what you want it to do, which involves typing in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow, very similar to following a recipe. To understand coding and programming the grade two will be using the bee bot robots and the bee bot app.
Bee Bots are a robot designed for children. They are easy-to-operate, and the little robot is a perfect tool for teaching sequencing, estimation and problem solving. Its directional keys are used to enter up to 40 commands, which can send the Bee-Bot forward, back, left, and right. Pressing the green GO button starts Bee-Bot and it blinks and beeps at the conclusion of each command to allow children to follow the Bee-Bot through the program they have entered.
We will also be practising programming with the Bee-Bot app (free) on the iPads. It has similar challenges to the bee bot robot, commands need to be programmed in and three stars are required before you can pass a level. Each level gets a little bit harder.