Bee-bot ro­bots keep kids riv­eted in class

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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