Year 2 have been learning how to predict and test using the Blue-Bot app. They were set a series of challenges to move the Blue-Bot from one location to another. Before they used the app they had to predict, on paper which instructions would be successful. Once they had made their predictions they tested them using the app. In a different colour pencil they debugged their instructions, showing qualities of determination and resilience.
Year 2 have been having great fun programming robots through iPads. We’ve been using Blue-bots which are based on Bee-bots, but can be controlled through tablets via bluetooth. The children applied their knowledge of directional language and instructions to create algorithms for the Blue-bots to follow.
In common with many of the tools I use in school, the Blue-bot app is free and is available for Android and IOS devices. Click on the links below to find out how you can download it on to your device at home.
Year 1 have been using Bee-bots to learn how computers need instructions to function. We began by playing Simon Says, a great game for explaining the importance of accurate instructions. We then experimented with Bee-bots, seeing how we could make them move with the instructions.
Bee-bot is available as a free app on both IOS and and Blue-bot is available for Android tablet devices:
If you have a compatible device, please download these apps and explore them with your child – they’re great fun!