Bee Bot Mazes – Take Two

Today saw the grade twos take on the bee bot maze making challenge for the second time. After discussing the design process – idea, design, build and test and the problems some of us encountered last week…

  • not agreeing
  • arguing
  • running out of materials
  • not finishing
  • no teamwork
  • not sharing
  • not co-operating
  • over programming the bee-bot
  • constructed all the maze without testing
  • not testing

The grade twos set about creating a maze for their bee-bot that had two left hand turns, two right hand turns and two bridges to go underneath. There was to be no fancy building this week until the bee-bot travelled from the start of the maze to the end. Materials were limited and there needed to be at least five coding tests as the mazes were built.

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The noise level wasn’t as loud this week…each team worked together, discussed moves, tested as they went, rebuilt, added coding instructions as they worked towards achieving a result. Not everyone got the chance to use the fancy materials but most groups produced a maze and coded a bee-bot to move around it. A far higher success rate than last week. The excitement was still there as they cheered their bee-bot to make it to the finish 🙂

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Designing mazes for the bee-bots

FUN…FUN…FUN…and the NOISE!

The excitement was high as the building began. The grade twos were set the challenge of creating a maze for their bee-bot to travel through. In groups of three they had to work together using the MAB blocks to design a maze of their choice, as long as their bee-bot was able to move through it from start to finish. Some groups completed the task and others got caught up in the construction of their maze. But the activity did create some great teamwork and problem solving…

Take a look at the FUN we had this week!

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Programming the bee-bots…

So much excitement and noise in Information Literacy this week. The grade twos were learning coding through experimentation and play with the bee bots. With the use of mats and coloured cups they had to program the bee bots with certain directions so they started and finished at a certain destinations.

For example starting at the pirate ship, direct the bee bot to the waterfall… The grade twos had to think about which directions to give the bee bot, work out their left from their right and remember to clear the last directions. It was great to listen to their discussions, see how they went about sharing and helping each other out. It’s amazing how these little bee robots create such fantastic learning atmosphere.

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Coding…

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.

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