Note: The Blue-Bot needs to be charged before its first use. The power and sound switch need to be set to OFF in order for Blue-Bot to charge. The switches are located underneath the robot.
The Blue-Bot can move by four directional steps: forward, back, left or right, one step at a time. One step is equal to 15 centimeters (6 inches) or 1 length of the Blue-Bot. The Blue-Bot can make a left or right 90 degree turn. Making a turn is not the same as moving in a directional step.
Place the Blue-Bot on the floor. Have a student place one end of string next to the front of the Blue-Bot. Another student may press the Forward arrow button once and then press Go. The Blue-Bot will move forward one unit. Mark the string where the front of the Blue-Bot stopped. Cut the string where marked. This represents the distance of one unit of Blue-Bot.
Have the students sit in a circle. One student begins by choosing another student sitting across the circle and then estimates how many units it will take Blue-Bot to reach the selected student. The student who goes first will estimate, test, and adjust if necessary. Once the Blue-Bot reaches the other student, have that student answer a question before selecting yet another student to program the Blue-Bot to reach. The teacher can ask a question that is general such as what is their favorite animal, movie or book. Or you can incorporate questions from current units of study.
Don’t forget that the Blue-Bot holds all previous commands entered. Unless the Clear (X) key is pressed, the Blue-Bot will include its previous commands, adding any new ones which you enter onto the end of the whole program. You can delete previous commands to start over with a fresh command sequence by selecting the Clear button (X).
Connect the Tactile Reader to the Blue-Bot. Turn the Tactile Reader and the Blue-Bot on. Press the connection button on Tactile Reader (this is the blue button). The Blue-Bot's eyes will turn blue, signifying it is connected to the Tactile Reader.
|On-Board||Using the keys on top of the Blue-Bot|
|Tactile Reader||Using the tactile reader remotely via Bluetooth|
|Logo Software||Use the Logo software and program the Blue-Bot via Bluetooth|