19 Nov 2014
Anyone passing the Prep rooms this week may have heard some interesting squeals and squeaks, and not all of them were coming from the girls! We have introduced a simple robotic creature to our programme, a Bee Bot.
Bee Bots are cute, bee-like robots that require programming to move and reach a destination. The Prep girls were introduced to Bee Bots via an App on their iPads and quickly mastered the appropriate steps. They were amazed to discover that Bee Bots did not only live on their iPad screens, but that they were three dimensional creatures and that is when the fun really began.
After experimenting with the real Bee Bots, the girls worked in teams to challenge themselves. Using maps, number and alphabet charts and a streetscape, the girls became proficient at programming their robot to go forward, turn and continue to their desired destination. A few girls learned to use reverse to get them out of a jam and added a 360 degree turn as well. They then created their own tracks, roads and even an obstacle course to manoeuvre through.
The Bee Bots were then transformed with individual costumes, sunglasses and personality. The classroom floor was covered in a maze of roads, bridges, booby traps and a BB stop meeting place where the Bee Bots met up to plan their next journey.
The Prep girls are already planning their next Bee Bot adventure. Animated story books, videos and synchronised dancing are all ahead of the little robots in the weeks to come.
Mrs Louise Graham and Miss Carla Bond, Prep Teachers
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