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by Siobhan Sinnott
First of all we were introduced to the BeeBot.
We were not given much information at the beginning and were allowed to experiment and test them out ourselves first.
We soon got used to the different controls and what we needed to do to get it to move.
We still weren't fully confident but had learned something about them already.
We were then introduced to the story mats.
Each mat was different, some had letters and numbers, some had animals and ours had a town layout on it.
These allowed us to give the BeeBot somewhere to go and made a target for us to achieve to get it there.
Our next task was to use command cards for the BeeBot.
These cards displayed different controls on the BeeBot. They included, backwards, forwards, left turn, right turn, and pause.
-In our pairs we gave the other person a series of cards to enter the sequence into the BeeBot to get it to an area on the map.
-The other partner would enter them and if the enter them correctly the BeeBot should end up where the other person intended.
-This method could also be used to spell words for example.
BeeBots can also be used for subjects like Literacy and Mathematics you can use different mats.
You could use mats with letters on them and get the pupils to spell words using the BeeBot. Their partner could pick a word and then they have to programme the directions to get the spelling.
Similarly for maths, using a mat with numbers, one parter could call out a sum and the other has to get the BeetBot to the number answering the sum.