The Queensland Government’s Department of Education, Training and the Arts have developed a wonderful series of resources for using BeeBots in a Primary ICT setting.
I highly recommend you start with their introduction to using BeeBots in the Classroom “Making your Classroom Buzz: Ideas and Activities for the Early Phase”, developed by Kristine Kopelke.
Here are some of the ideas that they share:
Bee-Bots love buzzing together. In this activity, students work collaboratively to develop a flight plan for their Bee-Bot. They may draw the path on paper, write down a sequence of instructions or use the Bee-Bot button sequence cards to map out what they want their Bee-Bots to do. Once the students have developed their flight plan, they can program their Bee-Bots and then press go at the same time to see some synchronised buzzing.
Bee-Bot Barrier Games
Barrier games are a great strategy to use to develop students oral language skills. For this activity, you will need two identical mats, a board or a divider and two Bee-Bots. To try this activity in your class, students place a Bee-Bot and a mat on each side of the divider. On one side of the divider a student or team of students decides the location on the mat where the Bee-Bot will be to start with. They then tell the other student or team on the other side of the divider. The student or team that is providing instructions, then programs their Bee-Bot and provides the other student or team with instructions so that they can move to the same spot. The goal is for each student or team to help their Bee-Bot make it to the same location on the mat. Once all instructions are given, students check if the locations match and if so win the game.
I think I can…. I think I can…
The Little Bee-Bot that could.
You may have noticed that every Bee-Bot has a tow bar on their back. You can attach string or rope to the tow bar in order to have the Bee-Bot tow other objects. In this activity, students can investigate the different loads that Bee-Bots can tow and how the weight of the loads can effect the speed of the Bee-Bot. Students can also try placing the Bee-Bot on surfaces placed at different angles to see if the Bee-Bot can carry the load up or down a slope.
Teachers may use the text ‘The Little Engine that Could’ as a stimulus for this activity. Students could then collaboratively develop a class big book of their own innovation on this text titled ‘The Little Bee-Bot that could’. Illustrations could include digital photographs of the students experimenting with different loads.
Turn up the music in your class and get your Bee-Bots and students moving. Challenge students to program the Bee-Bots to dance to the music. Invent some names for the dance steps they create. Students could also work collaboratively to make the Bee-Bots dance in sequence.