Over the past few weeks, the Grade 1 students and teachers have been working with Mrs. Hulse in the Hub to learn about coding.
We discovered that coding is a language that we use to talk to Robert. The robots we were exploring are called Bee Bots. Bee Bots are able to go forward, backward, turn left, turn right and pause. When we write directions for a robot to understand, it is called an algorithm.
Students learned how to write an algorithm to have a Bee Bot travel a path on a grid. They used our Bee Bot robots and the Bee Bot app on our iPads.
Students then began creating their own paths. We explored the algorithms needed for straight and “wavy” lines, testing and fixing our “bugs” as we went along.
Then Mrs. Hulse introduced measurement, using non-standard materials. Students were given a variety of different materials such as Lego bricks, counters, or paper clips. Students estimated how many items were needed to represent how far a Bee Bot moved with each step.
In our last Bee Bot workshop, Mrs. Hulse challenged the students to put all of their learning together and create their own Bee Bot Path. Students worked in groups to write the algorithm for a square, then measured with their choice of unit to receive the correct amount of tape to mark their BeeBot’s path.
All of our grade one classes did a fantastic job! The students will continue to use these friendly little robots at math centres in their own classrooms, or exploring mapping skills with Mrs Hulse, in the new year.