Bee-bot robots keep kids riveted in class
This term the school-wide focus at Matamata Primary has been ‘‘Mission Control’’ with the emphasis on technology.
Matamata Primary Middle School team leader Annette Davidson said for the last few weeks Middle School students had a wonderful time working with the Bee-bots.
‘‘These bright and colourful programmable floor robots enabled the students to learn about control and directional language and provided a hands-on introduction to robotics,’’ she said.
The Bee-bot moves in 15cm steps and makes turns of 90 degrees. It has a large memory of up to 40 steps and confirms moves and commands with flashing eyes, and signals the end of its programmed journey with ‘‘Beep Beep’’ sounds.
Student learning was shared at an Autobot Convention on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 7, followed by a dance party and picnic tea with family and friends on December 8.
Each Middle School student decorated a T-shirt with a robot theme for the dance.
The first half of the programme was made up of a number of syndicate and class Jump Jam items.
Then families appreciated sharing a picnic tea together under the trees on the beautiful warm evening before enjoying the second half of the programme which included a number of specially choreographed dances based around the robotics theme. Here are photos of students finding out how the robots work, designing their T-shirts, dancing at the party and picnicking with their families.