Terrapin offered a Bee-Bot STEM System as a prize in the raffle at the 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta, GA. From thousands of entries, that of Karen Belton was chosen by ISTE management as the winner. Ms. Belton received a Bee-Bot, Card Mat, Command Cards, Bee-Bot Lessons, Problem-Solving with Bee-Bot, and “Bee-signer” jackets for use in her classroom.
Ms. Belton teaches a Kindergarten/First Grade Combination Class at the K-5 New Vision School of Science, Math, and Technology in Madison, North Carolina, the first and only magnet school in Rockingham County and the only one to follow a year-round schedule. Teachers at New Vision School are committed to teaching and learning that requires and facilitates student inquiry, real-life experiences, and the celebration of varied learning styles.
Ms. Belton reports that her students are very excited to receive the Bee-Bot STEM system. “Bee-Bot enables students to use critical thinking skills when asked to program Bee-Bot to travel to a specific destination on the Card Mat. Students catch on quickly by using Command Cards to map out a path for Bee-Bot to follow to reach the destination. We look forward to using the Bee-Bot system in a learning center to improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills while we practice math and reading concepts.
New Vision students in Ms. Belton's class plot a path for Bee-Bot using Command Cards.