Welcome to the summer issue of Turtle Talk,
the Logo newsletter from Terrapin Software.
Logo Math Course
is now available as a classroom resource, for
self-paced study, or for continuing education credit. Created
of Ball State University, the 4-week
12-lesson on-line course uses Logo to explore the basics of
shape and measurement. The course is targeted for students in
grades 6-10 and is a great resource for math teachers of that
age group. It also works well in homeschooling and other
independent study environments and provides a fun challenge
for any adult learners.
thoroughly explores a geometry and measurement
concept, bringing it alive through interactive Logo
programming. Lessons are sequential and each introduces new
math vocabulary and Logo commands, building on what has
already been learned. Completing the course builds a strong
foundation in both Logo and geometry and allows students to
create fun and colorful math-based projects.
The course may be taken for
Continuing Education credit
from Ball State University School of Distance Education
either a self-paced or four-week format.
With the assistance of STEM Curriculum Consultant
use of Bee-Bots
is being piloted in seven Boston Public Schools as part of a
K-12 Engineering Pathway Grant initiated by TechBoston, the
district-wide office that oversees technology integration in
Boston Public Schools. Funding was secured for multiple
Bee-Bots at each school along with teacher training and
development of supporting materials.
The initiative began with in-class demonstrations of using
Bee-Bots and was followed by teacher workshops to show best
practices and allow teachers to share ideas and develop
teaching strategies for using Bee-Bots. Alpha-Robotics
provided a range of materials to facilitate use of Bee-Bots
for a variety of lessons. A number line reinforces math
skills, alphabet mats are used for language arts, and science
and engineering mats introduce those subjects with Bee-Bot
providing motivation for students to learn.
Ms. Robinson reports that Bee-Bots are especially good at
cutting across language and cultural barriers in the
ethnically diverse Boston Public Schools. "Students of all
backgrounds want to try the Bee-Bot and most quickly master
programming the Bee-Bot to travel on different paths on any mat."
Danish artist and sculptor Jørgen Minor has long been
fascinated with using Logo to create art. As he puts it, his
work "demonstrates what happens when an artist meets a
computer program." An exhibition of his Logo work entitled
"Logo as an Art Machine" was held earlier this year in
Mr. Minor notes that
"Something seems to indicate that the simpler the programs,
the more exciting the results. It is surprising how close to
nature some of the simplest Logo programs come. A few commands
and random - and you are in Darwin's world. In spite of Logo's
close relation to mathematics and logic it is a really good
created by Mr. Minor
, showing in succession at left, are
available on the Terrapin web site along with the Logo
programs that created them. Download the programs and try them
yourself. You will see that surprisingly simple procedures can
create visually stunning images. Add your own modifications
and explore how Logo can be used as a creative artistic
Bee-Bot can roam around the country on the
. Use the 6-step by 4-step
to introduce geography and mapping skills.
Send Bee-Bot on a road trip or on the way home!
is a lightweight sturdy tray with a 4
by 4 grid that creates an instant surface for Bee-Bot.
Side lips prevent Bee-Bot from wandering off. The
plastic grid may be lifted to locate images