Buzzin’ BeeBots

Do you dislike getting stung by a bee? Chickering has bees but they don’t sting, in fact, they don’t Bee-shaped robot which can be programmed to move in directions, usually on a special mat.even buzz! These bees are robots called BeeBots. They are used to teach kindergartners and first graders programming skills.

BeeBots are bee-shaped, simple robots. To program the robots you need to use the seven buttons on the top of the BeeBots: forward and back arrows, left and right arrows, go and pause buttons and a clear button. The students use the BeeBots with number, coins , shapes or letter mats and they also use blocks to create mazes. The students need to learn to be precise in their commands for the BeeBots. (Please click on the underlined words to see short video demonstrations.)

We were wondering why Mr. Harte was using robots with the kindergarten classes, so we asked for an interview. He explained that programming teaches students cause and effect and problem solving skills. It is challenging for kindergartners to work in groups but they learn to share, take turns, be patient with each other and with the BeeBots.

We were curious about how his instructions differ between kindergarten and grade 1 students. He gave us two examples. A simple task for kindergarten would be to program the BeeBots to go from a red circle to a blue square on a mat with shapes. First grade’s task would take a trick spelling word and program the BeeBot to stop on each letter, on a letter mat, to spell the word. The examples that Mr. Harte provided certainly gave us a good idea about how the programming gets more difficult as the children get older.

We were surprised how the BeeBots worked when we saw the students working with the robots. We were impressed with how well the students worked together. We were also amazed with how  well the students programmed the BeeBots and they didn’t get frustrated when the robot didn’t do what they wanted. It would have been cool to have the experience of programming the robots when we were in kindergarten and first grade.


Reported by: Marley, Sophie, and George

4 thoughts on “Buzzin’ BeeBots

  1. Dear Marley, Sophie and George,
    I liked how you told why Mr. Harte used the BeeBots. I also liked how you explained what BeeBots are.
    I didn’t like how you didn’t have an animoto. I didn’t like that because there is so much writing and not enough pictures or videos. I know that you have videos of how to use BeeBots but still you should have pictures put into an animoto.
    Overall I liked your report. Keep up the good work.


  2. Dear creators of Buzzing BeeBots
    Good job with your post. I liked how you put links to videos that show how to work the beebots. But I don’t like that you don’t have a video that you made. I liked how you had a lot of writing and information. Overall that was a very good post.


  3. Dear Marley, Sophie, and George
    I liked how you explained what a beebot is and how the children used it. It was very useful to know about the buttons.
    Next time you might consider adding an animoto.
    But I did like the links to the video on YouTube.
    Keep up the good work

  4. Dear Marley, Sophie and George

    Thank you for reporting on the Bee Bots! They are a very exciting part of Chickering.

    Have a great summer,

    Dr. Reinemann

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