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Student Led Activity in Grid Exploration June 7, 2010

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When I let the students explore their grids, one student managed to independently program the BeeBot to travel the perimeter of the grid in one continuous program loop.

BeeBotExploration AllTheWayRoundtheCard from M Simon on Vimeo.

After seeing this demonstration, I challenged the other groups to try to replicate this programming feat – which is our classes first student-generated activity. I am assuming it can still count as student-generated if I issued the challenge?

BeeBot City Part 1 – Grid June 7, 2010

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1MS started our BeeBot City building project by laying the foundation with a 15 square-centimetre grid base.

First, we had a whole group morning maths lesson on area where we compared using shoes and dictionaries as area-measuring tools for sheets of newspaper. We discussed the concept of measuring and marking area by using same-sized measuring tools that left no gaps.

In the afternoon, we had a whole group demonstration of students (2 rounds of 3 at a time) showing how they would use 15 square centimetre pieces of card to mark off a grid on a sheet of posterboard. We looked at starting at a corner and working methodically,

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Cousin Page added May 27, 2010

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I have just added a page –> Bertie’s Cousins>Your School>G>7 Cousins From 1 MS. This page shows pictures of the BeeBot shells from my earlier post actually on the BeeBots. I will update the page with the descriptions my students write for their BeeBots when I have time to enter them. I just thought that others who were interested in using the shells might like to see how ours fit. I am happy to give tips on what we did either through the blog or via email.

1MS does BeeBot mini-exploration May 27, 2010

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We did a mini-exploration the other day that was similar to Adventure 2. I gave each group their BeeBot and asked them to answer the following questions/problems (as many as they could, in order):

1. How far does the BeeBot move in 1 Forward step?

2. How far does the BeeBot move in 1 Reverse step?

3. How does the BeeBot move when right or left turns are programmed.

4. Can you get the BeeBot to go around the BeeBot box?

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Customising Bee Bots and Plans May 11, 2010

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1 MS is planning to do group work with our Bee Bots. We will be splitting into 7 groups of 3 students each. Our first team building exercise will be designing a shell for our Bee Bot, using the template found at http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/content/games/beebotShell_v2.html .  Each group will also choose a name for their Bee Bot.

Our unit this term is Local Places. We plan to integrate the Bee Bots into the unit with a culminating project where we will construct a town/city for the Bee Bots using recycled materials for building on a grid. We will then design certain missions for the Bee Bots to perform by programming them to follow various routes through their local place.