Elementary Robotics

So with Hour of Code such a big hit in my building the past few years, and my fifth graders starting the year by asking if we could do robots this year I approached my district STEM coordinator to ask if there were any funds we could use.  See in my district the elementary technology special is a classroom assistant position.  This means that I have little predetermined curriculum, which can be a positive or negative.  I plan, teach, informally assess, and manage classes in my own classroom that I maintain (and I’m lucky to have a classroom some TCAs in the district travel in their buildings) I am on a CA salary, it also means there is no budget set aside for me to order materials.  I have been incredibly lucky in that my administration has provided quite a bit for me. When I spoke to the STEM coordinator he loved the idea of getting robots in the elementary as we have Robotics clubs in middle and high school already.

I requested the BeeBot and ProBot . My awesome STEM coordinator ordered three of each.  Since they arrived we’ve been having lots of fun trying them out.

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The BeeBots are adorable, names to be determined as the kids are currently voting between Bizzy, Bitsy, Bob, Honey, and BB (hmm think Star Wars is popular lol). I’m loving the additional functionality of the ProBots with my intermediate kiddos, they also have names to be determined and that list includes: Herbie (I was so happy at the number of kiddos that know Herbie), Lightning, Thunder, Lucky, Racer, Lola,  and Finn (between Star Wars and Cars 2 I have a feeling this one is going to be a winner)

To start out I’ve let the kids just experiment with the bots. K -2 have tried BeeBots only, 4 & 5 have tried both but are primarily working with ProBots. I have one 3rd grade class that comes to my room with their teacher at least once a week when I don’t have any other classes (3rd takes strings in my district) and they’re using both.

Get BeeBot from the flower to the hive.

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Drawing their own map

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How can we get BeeBot from the start to the 16?

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Let’s make BeeBot a Spelling Bee

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Again getting BeeBot home to the hive

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Guess what ProBot can hold a pen/marker and we can draw shapes

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How strong is BeeBot? Can they push one another?

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ProBot drives under the human bridges (my fifth graders crack me up sometimes)

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and just because it’s cute/creepy here is BeeBot charging

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