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Bee bot hideaway September 19, 2010

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Soon its going to be the school holidays and we thought the bee bots might like a cosy home to stay while we’re away. So we decided to make our bee bots a shelter. The children designed their own shelter first by drawing a labelled diagram. Then they were given a variety of materials to create their shelter. This is what they came up with!

Computer Lab September 19, 2010

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Once a week our class get to go to the computer lab to use the computers. After we got the hang of the real bee bots we started to use the bee bot software. We found it takes a little getting used to because you have to be able to visualise where the bee bot will turn. Practicing as a whole class on the Interactive white board really helped.

Open Day September 19, 2010

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In week 8 we had open day to celebrate Education Week at our school. Our class invited our Mum’s and Dad’s and even a few Nan’s and Pop’s to have a go using our bee bots. The kids really enjoyed being the expert and showing our parents how to play. Here are some photos of the big people playing with the bee bots.

Kindy Maths Investigations August 22, 2010

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Adventure 3:

This week our class have undertaken a number of Maths Investigations with the help of our Bee bots. Here is a little snippet of the process and results from our experiments.

Investigation 1: Our first investigation involved discovering how long a Bee bot step is. The children were given a number of different informal units to measure with such as; counters, lego, pencils and their own feet to calculate how long a Bee bot step was. The children then reported back to the whole class their findings. We then watched Bertie’s video which highlighted a Bee bot step as one body length.

Investigation 2: Our second investigation was to use our Bee bots to measure objects in our classroom. We watched Bertie’s video first to talk about the length and width of the table and how it would compare to the length of our tables. We then measured the back wall of our classroom which was 45 Bee bot steps. Then the kids set off to measure a variety of objects. After the lesson the children were asked to draw what they found in their experiment. Here are some of the photos of what we discovered.

Investigation 3: Our final investigation for the week was to find out how steep a Bee bot would travel up an incline. The children were given three clearly defined roles in the group. Job 1: the Scribe, Job 2: The Bee bot controller and Job 3: the lego and ramp builder. Children were given the challenge to investigate, here are some photos and their recording sheets.

See you again soon!

Old Mac-Beebot had a farm…. August 19, 2010

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Adventure 2:

Our Bee bots second adventure last week was to the farm… well the farm that we built. In preparation for our excursion to the farm later this term the children were given to task to create a “bee bot sized” farm for our new friends. The children were given a number of construction tools to create a farm for our bee bots to roam. The children then laid a clear plastic over their farm to create a flat surface. They were then given some lego to build on top of their farms to create fences for the animals. The children loved playing with their farm and some even added a trailer using mobilo. We hope you enjoy having a look at some of our photos!

See you next time!

Our First Bee Bot adventure…. August 12, 2010

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Adventure 1:

Our class were very excited to meet Bertie’s cousins! Our first mission was to get our bee bots to travel along a path in the classroom. Here are some photos of our first adventure.

The Bee Bots have arrived! August 12, 2010

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The Bee Bots have landed!

Our class has been lucky enough to have 6 of Bertie’s cousins visiting our classroom this term. Come and check out our blog to see what our busy little bees are up to!

See you soon!