Published on: Author: cxyz

Robots work because humans write instructions to tell them what to do. We will tell our Bee-Bots what to do.


Learning Intentions
I am learning to…

  • use directional language and programming controls.

Success Criteria
I will be successful when I…

  • follow directions I am given,
  • give directions to someone else to tell them where to go,
  • enter instructions into a robot to tell it where to go.

To do this I will…

  • follow directions I am given,
  • give directions to someone else to tell them where to go, using directional language such as forward, back, turn,
  • ‘play’ with a Bee-Bot to discover how to make it move,
  • use the Bee-Bot controls to move the Bee-bot along a course.

Following Instructions

  • Follow the Leader – following visual instructions
  • Play Simon Says – following verbal instructions
  • If you’re a kid dance around…

  • Learning left and right.

How to use a Bee-Bot

Checking our directions: right; left; forward; backward
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Buttons program a Bee-Bot to:

  • Move forwards and backwards among a line.
  • The more button presses the further the Bee-Bot moves.
  • It turns on the spot. It does not move sideways.
  • Pause lets the Bee-Bot rest.
  • The Clear button is important. It tells the Bee-Bot to listen to new instructions. Press Clear when you need to change a command.
  • Put in the program and press GO.

Additional Bee-Bot Activities

For the Teacher

Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies Years P-2

Learning Intentions
Students will learn to…

  • design solutions to simple problems using a sequence of steps and decisions.

Success Criteria
Students will demonstrate their learning when they…

  • recognise that a digital system follows instructions or commands, for example instructing robotic toys to perform a function.
  • follow and describe a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems.