What is a bee-bot? Programmable floor toy Can be programmed with sequences of up to 40 commands (7 buttons – 4 directions; PAUSE, CLEAR, GO) Moves accurately in 15cm steps Is supported by a range of accessories (play mats; sequencing cards; software)
Basic Commands: FD - forwards BK – backwards LT – left RT - right
“Play is an essential learning tool foryoung children” Dr. John Irvine, Australian Child Psychologist Young children learn when they play with hands- on, concrete materials that encourage: exploration, discovery, manipulation, and active engagement Teachers support children’s learning in play by becoming co-players enriching & extending guiding and supporting
:criteria for educational “toys” used in directed play Dr. John Irvine, Australian Child Psychologist Skill building Problem solving Imagination and creativity Communication Ego-building and self confidenceThese same benefits can be observed in children who use Bee-Bots.
Skill Building Mathematical skills: counting, estimating distance and time, and working mathematically to solve problems. Spatial Visualisation skills: the ability to mentally orientate, manipulate, track and rotate the bee-bot Language Skills: especially recalling, interpreting or articulating command sequences Design & Technology skills: interpreting a design challenge, generating solutions, making a plan, testing and evaluating
Problem Solving Planning Logical thinking Solving challenges using manipulative materials/equipment drawing a diagram making a plan guess and check acting out a problem keeping track
Imagination & Creativity Multi-sensory appeal to children: colorful, flashing eyes, sounds, movement Engaging character: giving the bee-bot a name and personality attributes Can be linked to favorite stories, toys, scenarios as play mats, etc.
Communication Skills Learning is a social experience discussing taking turns collaborative work Context for Oral language learning Can support written language development
Ego-building & Self Confidence questioning and posing problems taking responsible risks striving for accuracy task persistence sense of achievement when solving problems supports motivation
What is available from the IT Lab? 7 Bee-bots Transparent mats (4 x 4 and 9 x 3) Activity mats Ready to use image squares for transparent mats Also, you will find many resources in Moodle as well as the squares templates to create your own material.