Robotics Rule:Sphero

SPHERO MAZE CHALLENGE

JSL Makerspaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

TASK:

  • Design a maze for the sphero to travel through.
  • Consider the ways that the other teams can gain or lose points.
  • Challenge another team to complete your maze.
  • Use any of the sphero apps on the iPad to complete this challenge.

Sphero Challenge

 

 

 

 


SPHERO YR 5 & 6 MAZE CHALLENGE

AIM:  You and your team are challenged to complete the Sphero Maze.

As a team are trying to collect points along the way. You have a limited amount of time per group. The team with the most points wins. This is a game of challenge and strategy.

You will be given time as a team to consider the best approach to achieve the most points.

Consider the below:

1) Is it better to collect points or complete the challenge in the fastest time?

2) Collaboratively decide on the best course of action. Assign a driver and support team.

Mazes sourced: Big Activities

Time Allocation: 1 MINUTE PER GROUP

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Will you take the challenge?

Bee Bots: ICT Mentor Sessions

Bee Bot Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

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BEE BOT ROBOT STATIONS

BEE BOT 1: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

Beebots Prep (15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TASK:

1) Read (or view) the story of The Hungry Caterpillar.

2) As each part is read navigate to the Bee Bot card on the mat.

OTHER RESOURCES:


BEE BOT 2: CINDERELLA

Bee Bots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TASK:

1) Read (or view) the story of Cinderella.

2) As each part is read navigate to the Bee Bot card on the mat.


BEE BOT 3: PYP LEARNER PROFILE

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TASK:

1) Using the Learner Profile cards ask the students which Learner Profile is being demonstrated

2) As each Learner Profile is identified navigate to the Bee Bot card on the mat.

OTHER RESOURCES:


BEE BOT 4 WORLD MAP +WORLD FACTS

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TASK:

1) Launch the weblinks to World Facts or use Big Book.

2) Select a country or location to navigate to with the Bee Bot.

3) Read about the information about the country or location using the website or the Countries Big Book.

OTHER RESOURCES


BEE BOT 5

Image source: (Clipartlord.com, 2013)

BEE BOT BOWLING

TASK:

1) Set up the pins and allocate points for each pin. Explain the rules.

2) Each student has one turn at ‘bowling”. The score is kept for each pin knocked down.

3) At the end of the time the student with the highest score wins (equal turns calculated).

 


 

BEE BOT 6: OTHER FLOOR MATS

Create your own stories

  •  Street Mat
  • Fairy Tale Mat
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BEE BOT APP

App on the iTunes store

Search for Bee Bot on the iPad.

Follow the directions to get the Bee Bot through the maze.

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ROBOTICS RULE: THE JS Library M@kerspace

Robotics banner Think Sense Act

The focus for the JS Library Makerspace in Term 4 is exploration with robotics.

Students have access to the following robotic resources

  • Bee Bots
  • Cubelets
  • Spheros

In Term 1 some Year 1 students were able to learn with the Lego WeDo).

 

Additionally, we try to match the concepts to literature.

JS Library Term 4 display (3)

 

 

 

 

 

Photos of students at the initial mentor training session

The ICT Mentors (and friends) have learnt how to use the cubelets and the sphero in an introductory session in order to teach other students. These student were already competent in the use of Bee Bots.

As a part of the construct of the Makerspace, it is desired to have some permanent stations or activities for the students as well as ones that are temporary and supervised  (led by a teacher or the ICT Mentors) in order to support the more complex programs and tasks.

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Year 3 ICT Mentor in Training Mentoring Preps!

Permanent Stations for Exploration: Bee Bot

The Bee Bots will be available each day and at first break.

Sphero

The Sphero will be able to be ‘borrowed’ by other students (with a trained student willing to support the other students in its use and to assist with trouble shooting).

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Temporary Station for Exploration: Cubelets 

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COMING SOON

In Week 4 students across the Junior School will have the opportunity to use these resources and will be set a collaborative challenge to complete.

See below more information about these challenges below (select thumbnail to view larger size).

Bee Bots in Action

Cubelets in Action

Sphero in Action and see Cathy Hunt’s iPad Art Room for more exciting ways to explore coding with the Sphero.

Green Screen: It’s not just for superheroes or movie stars

A group of Year 3 students have been experimenting with the green screen as a means to share their learning  this term. These students have been considering ways to evaluate, reflect and report on reading.

These green screen movie reflections were created using a variety of apps on the iPad (using the video, camera, drawing and green screen apps).

  • Touch Cast
  • Green Screen by Do Ink
  • Doodle Buddy

This is what the students have thought about the process so far…

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See below for two reviews they have created. When the students create their next review (in Term Two) they will direct this (almost) independently, with the aim to become experts for the other students in the class, teaching how to use the green screen and its associated apps.

These reviews are not polished presentations but have been created in a short time frame as a tool to engage and enhance the learning experience.

Book Reviews

The Cats of Venus

Today the students were introduced to the concept of a book hook to ‘sell’ the book to another reader.

See “How to write a book hook” wiki how with pictures.

The Treasure Island: A Fun Map

The students shared why someone should ‘read’ this map.

As the students become more confident and self reflective, the presentations will become more diverse and ‘professional’.

 

Finally, students are presenting for an authentic audience.

 

 

 

 

Love Your Library month & Book Giving Day

For a few years we have been celebrating Love Your Library month. It is an excellent way to introduce students to the library as well as getting teachers involved and enthusiastic about visiting the library.

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This year we have had teachers select their own gift of a Picture Book, Fiction or Non-Fiction book  and a bookmark that “Gives the Gift of Reading” through a list of recommended authors on a specific genre.

 

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As a part of the Loving your Library  concept we also have “Getting to Know You” and  Library Orientation activities. These activities have been arranged around the PYP Concepts from the perspective of the library.

Classroom Teachers select how they would like to orientate their students and set up the Essential Agreements for the use of the library space.