Bee-Bots Tinkering: Exploring Using Bee-Bots

For lower-primary children with some understanding of algorithms, this Barefoot Computing activity uses a basic robot (BeeBot) to show how algorithms are executed as stored programs on digital devices. Simple sequences of instructions are given to the BeeBot to 'write' numbers. These algorithms are represented by sequences of arrows, mirroring the instructions available on the BeeBot keypad, and can be tested using 'fakebots' (paper robots). The BeeBot carries out quarter-turns, allowing links to be made with fractions in maths Computational thinking concepts including decomposition and basic debugging are encouraged, and challenge is provided by asking children to continually improve their sequences. Children can be assessed by their ability to follow, and to create, algorithms.

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