New Online Emulator Features!
The popular (and free) Bee-Bot and Blue-Bot Online Emulators give children a chance to explore a variety of mats online. They can practice navigating the 'bot using the onscreen keypad, just like the floor versions.
We have recently added some new features to help children of all abilities program the robots and debug their code. Check them out in the Bee-Bot Online Emulator and the Blue-Bot Online Emulator.
Near the top of the mat is a Talk to me! checkbox. When this box is checked, the computer speaks the name of the mat. In curriculum products like Bee-Bot Lessons, the name of the mat contains the instructions for the students, so if they don't know what they are supposed to do, they can hear the instructions read aloud. When the box is checked, each command is also spoken when it is executed, which can provide valuable feedback.
Also at the top are Save and Load buttons. Click Save to store a file in your Downloads folder. It contains the mat name and current list of instructions. Prior instructions won't be saved. You can open a previously saved file using the Load button.
To edit and debug their code, students can click on a command to select it, then click the Delete Cmd button to remove it. They can also drag commands within the orange command list area to rearrange them. Adding a command places it at the end of the list, but now students can drag it to where it needs to go.