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Boston students program Bee-Bot Bee-Bots are being piloted with kindergartners and pre-kindergartners, first and second graders in seven Boston Public Schools as part of a K-12 Engineering Pathway Grant initiated by TechBoston, the district-wide office that overseas technology integration in the schools.

Bee-Bot introductions are being led by Judy Robinson, STEM Curriculum Consultant from Alpha-Robotics. She has led both teacher training workshops and in-class presentations on using Bee-Bot in the classroom. She finds that both students and teachers are excited about use of Bee-Bots and quickly learn to program them.

 Students move Bee-Bot along the number line As part of introducing Bee-Bots, Alpha-Robotics has developed a number of customized materials for use in Boston Public School classrooms, several pictured here. These include special mats, programming blocks, and image cards. These materials allow use of Bee-Bots in many different areas and channel the motivation Bee-Bots inspire to teach a variety of subjects, from mathematics to language arts.

A student tries a Bee-Bot program Students in Boston Public Schools are ethnically and culturally diverse and Bee-Bots have proven especially good at cutting through language and cultural barriers. Judy was especially enthusiastic about her experience with the students and teachers in a K1 and K2 Vietnamese sheltered English class and reports: “The students have done a spectacular job of programming the Bee-Bot to travel on different paths on any mat. I would say about 80% have created complicated programs.”

Contact Information

Name:
Judy Robinson
Position:
STEM Curriculum Consultant
School:
Boston Public Schools
Location:
Boston, MA
Website:
http://alpha-robotics.com/bee-bot.html
Tags:
Bee-Bot, Massachusetts, STEM
Age:
Pre-K to Grade 2