Introductory Lessons
What is one distance of Bee-Bot?
Overview : Students will determine the distance of 1 unit of Bee-Bot. This will be helpful when using the Bee-Bot and solving future challenges.

Concepts
  • Estimation
  • Distance
  • Measurement

Materials Needed

  • Bee-Bot
  • String or other resource for measuring such as yarn or ribbon.
  • Marker
  • Scissors

Activity
Place the Bee-Bot on the floor. Have a student or students place one end of string next to the front of the Bee-Bot. Have a student select the forward arrow one time and then go.* The Bee-Bot will move forward 1 unit. Mark the string where the front of the Bee-Bot stopped. Cut the String where marked. This represents the distance of one unit of Bee-Bot.

Extension

  • Have students create a name for the unit of measurement.
  • Compare the string to a ruler and see how many inches/centimeters one unit of Bee- Bot represents.
  • Estimate how many units it will take to move Bee-Bot to a designated location in the classroom. Try it and see if you were right, need more, or less.
Getting to Know You
Overview: Students will apply units of measurement to move the Bee-Bot to another location

Concepts
  • Estimation
  • Distance
  • Measurement
  • Direction

Materials Needed

  • Bee-Bot

Activity

Have students sit in a circle. One student picks another student sitting in the circle and estimates how many units it will take Bee-Bot to reach the selected student. The Student will estimate, test, and adjust if necessary. Once the Bee-Bot reaches the student, have that student answer a question before selecting another student to send the Bee-Bot to. Perhaps introducing themselves if it is the beginning of the school year, their favorite something, a book they recently read they would recommend, their are infinite ways you can incorporate questions from current units of study..

Extension

  • Addition problems: Write the students initial estimate on a chalkboard,dry erase board, somewhere where all can see. For example if a student estimates forward 5 write 5. If the estimate is too short put a plus sign next to the 5, creating an addition problem and “add” the additional units need to reach the desired location. Place the Bee-Bot back where it began, Enter the additional units and select Go. (Bee-Bot remembers the previous entry) OR Clear Bee-Bots memory by selecting the Clear (x) key and enter the new estimated total.
  • Apply the same concept for subtraction, if the Bee-Bot goes to far students can use the back button to take away steps. Make sure you place the Bee-Bot back where it started.

Don’t forget the Bee-Bot holds all previous commands entered, and adds new ones onto the end. You can delete previous commands by selecting the clear button.