Welcome to the
back-to-school issue of
Turtle Talk, the quarterly Logo newsletter
from Terrapin Software.
Pro-Bot Combines Logo and Robotics
The versatile new Pro-Bot robot provides an exciting
introduction to both robotics concepts and Logo
programming. Designed as a race car, Pro-Bot
can move in all directions in response to commands
entered via the on-board keypad.
Pro-Bot is Bee-Bot's "big brother" and can operate
both in Bee-Bot mode, with the arrow keys moving and
turning Pro-Bot set amounts, or in Logo mode with
distance and degree inputs for the movement and turn
commands. The LCD screen records commands as
entered and can be used to edit and enhance a
command sequence. Pro-Bot supports the
development and use of multiple procedures which
be called by the main program providing a strong
foundation in Logo programming. It is an ideal vehicle
to move students from simple to more complex
programs and projects.
Pro-Bot's robot credentials are enhanced by sensors
which provide feedback to which Pro-Bot
can respond. Front and back
bumpers are touch sensors which complement
built-in light and sound sensors. A pen in the center
lets Pro-Bot draw as it moves. Pro-Bot is an exciting
economical tool that will excite students as they
experiment with robotics and build their Logo and
The Logo to Lego course at the
unites students from around the world to
share in the development of Logo
projects and control Lego robotics constructions. The
Terrapin Logo to enhance
students' understanding of
computers and develop basic computer
apply their new skills to controlling Lego
robots, using both Terrapin Logo and Lego's
control software, comparing and analyzing the
advantages of each.
Students regularly meet on-line to compare notes
and share tips. Though the current class includes
South Korea, China, Yemen, Poland, India, and
England as well as across the U.S., on-line
collaboration allows them to learn from each other
and share techniques across the world.
According to instructor Samuel Gray, "Logo allows us to open the
eyes of our students to the world of programming
and to take them from simplicity at the beginning to
programming when we use Logo to program Lego
robots at the end. Often times they are having too
much fun to realize they are actually
learning." The Potter's School
student John Barber, of Boca Raton, FL adds, "It's a lot
of fun and I play with Logo a lot. Sometimes at
bedtime Mom tells me I can't do Logo any more!"
Far Out Teacher Resources Facilitate Classroom Use
is a set of Logo
projects based on a space exploration theme.
Students assume the role of "astronauts" and work
through a series of progressively more challenging
projects as they explore the universe from "Taking Off
with Logo" to being "Lost in Space." With a
spiral-bound, stand-up format,
offers easy back and forth
screen and keyboard and the curriculum.
Classroom resources to support each of the
15 projects are now available on the
. These include suggestions for
classroom implementation as well
as a variety of forms and aids in PDF format
that can be printed and used with the projects.
Connections to other parts of the curriculum
are available along with
log books, worksheets, cards and cutouts that
the activities on and off the computer. To support
classroom use, Terrapin offers economical
class packs with multiple copies for a
computer lab or classroom.
The Bee-Bot mirror tray offers the
perfect setting for Bee-Bot to roam. The lightweight but
sturdy tray creates an instant surface for Bee-Bot in
any environment. On tables, the one-inch lip around
all four sides prevents Bee-Bot from going too far. The
square tray is four by four Bee-Bot steps and its
defined field of movement helps young children with
counting and estimating.