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Bee-Bots are programmable floor robots aimed at the Eary Years and Key Stage 1 students.
Bee-Bots are a good introduction to the
Roamer turtle robot and the on-screen Logo turtle.

Features of a Bee-Bot

Bright buttons
for the students to use
to input instructions.

 

Remembers up to 40 instructions / steps entered by student

bee-bot

Moves accurately in 15cm steps and to turn in 90° increment.

 

Sounds and flashing eyes
let students know that their
instructions have been entered.


Kent Bee-Bot Resources

Jackets to fit on your Bee Bot 

All of the jackets work best if you place a piece of BluTack behind the Bee Bot's eyes. I like to give the children a 15cm square of  corrugated cardboard. Then they can make their own track or map. 

aerpolaneAeroplane
To use if you are having a Seaside or Holidays topic. The engines drag on the floor though, so I wouldn't bother with them unless you are really enjoying yourself.

Handa's Surprise jacket.
This one includes a basket where you can put the fruit. (Handa herself needs to be found elsewhere on the Internet, then cut out and glued onto the jacket).

A sealife jacket.

BeeBot Shell

 

Beebot Shell (online resource)

Create your own BeeBot shell. Dress your Beebots as story characters and drive around a story map. Pre made examples include Elmer, The Gingerbread Man and a Police Car.

When you PRINT don't forget to set the 'Preferences' to landscape, else your shell will be very small!!


Beebot Cone

 

Beebot Cones (PDF resource)

Right-click on the picture and choose 'save target as'. This will download a net for a beebot cone. Print the cone onto card and you have a target for your journey, or a place to put phoneme flags, or hang cotton between two cones and you can suspend phoneme cards to knock down with your beebot.

   
Cone Tops

 

Beebot Cone Tops - (PDF resource)
Supports Letters and Sounds
This resource creates phoneme-labelled cone tops which can be placed on top of the
Beebot cones provided above.
   
nonStandard units

 

Pixie / Beebot - (PDF resource)
Non Standard Units of Measure
Print and then laminate this resource. Then cut out the pictures to use as non-standard units of measure, (11cm for Pixie and 15cm for Beebot). These cards are also very useful for planning your route.

Bee-Bot software

softwareNB. You don’t need to buy this software to use your Bee-Bot and you don’t need a Bee-Bot to use this software.

Within the software, you can program a virtual Bee-Bot to move around a mat. The program allows users to watch the movements from a range of angles including the perspective of the moving Bee-Bot.

http://www.tts-group.co.uk

Creating your own resources

Top tip - Draw 15cm x 15cm squares as the Bee-Bot can only move in 15cm increments.

Resources

Get the Buzz on Bee-Bots - Learning Innovation Centre
Website has an Official Bee-Bot Guide as well as other Bee-Bot resources including:

  • Slalom Buzzing Bee-Bot Resource Kit
  • Pollen Hunt Flower Template
  • Bee-Bot Number Hives Mat Template
  • Bee-Bot B-Tunes Song Charts

Quick Topics/Ideas for using Bee-Bot in the Classroom

Math

  • Draw a number line or use masking tape to create a number line on the table or floor
    • Have Bee-Bot add two numbers
    • Program Bee-Bot to go forward and then back (subtraction)
    • Program Bee-Bot to go forward x units, 3 times (multiplication)
  • Add the negative number line and talk about negative numbers
  • Draw an xy axis and talk about ordered pairs, slope
  • Ask children to sit on the floor. Let children program Bee-Bot to visit others (estimation)
  • Color, shape recognition
  • Time
  • Money
  • Show movement on a grid - put a shape on bee-bots back
  • Schedule for the day
  • Charts
  • Estimation
  • Skip counting


Language Arts

  • Sequence a story - Give a Moose a Muffin
  • Act out a story - Little Red Hen, The Three Pigs, Billy Goats Gruff, Are you My Mother, I Went Walking
  • Phoenemic Awareness
  • Number of sounds and syllables
  • ABC hunt
  • Letter, sound, sight word recognition
  • Animated Literacy
  • Word Webs

Science

  • Draw a map of the planets. Program Bee-Bot to visit different planets
    • Have Bee-Bot start at the sun and visit the planets in order
  • Draw or build a zoo. Have Bee-Bot take food to the animals
  • Habitats - bee-bot can be different animals (i.e. rain forest)
  • Incline Plane - compare objects as they go down the ramp (velocity)


Health

  • Draw a grid with different types of food. Program Bee-Bot to pick the healthy foods
    • Talk about food groups and have Bee-Bot pick a well-rounded meal
    • Pick out ingredients for a recipe


Community

  • Draw a map of a town. Program Bee-Bot to visit the post office, the library, the fire station, etc.
    • Ask students to find a different route to their destination
    • Add street signs and talk about safety
    • Pretend Bee-Bot is a school bus picking up children
  • Build a town with cardboard boxes, cut outs, etc. Pretend Bee-Bot is a delivery man and give him a list of houses to visit
  • Draw a “blueprint” of a house. Program Bee-Bot to go from room to room (could be a blueprint of your school or the public library)
  • Draw a road. Program Bee-Bot to travel the road to certain destinations. How many ways can he get to his destination?
  • Draw a map of the United Kingdom (or of the World!). Program Bee-Bot to travel to different places


Testing/Review

  • matching games
  • jeopardy games