I have linked this activity to Geometry in the year 3 maths curriculum. [Create and interpret simple grid maps to show position and pathways (ACMMG065)]
Students have to make large grid maps big enough for the Bee-Bots. They need to use directional language to create a set of directions another student can follow to move the Bee-Bots from one place to another. Eg go forward 2, turn left, go forward 3. Where am I?
Students can draw pictures on the squares so students can answer “Where am I?” questions. Students can also use the language of north, east, south and west. This could be integrated into Geography by using maps of Australia etc.
Lessons would include:
- Design grid map
- Write a set of directions and test Bee-Bot to see if they work.
- Swap with a partner and have them program Bee-Bot to follow the directions.