Terrapin Resources

# What do the different buttons do?

The “See & Say” Bee-Bot has three switches underneath, for power, sound, and sensor.

# Moving the Bee-Bot

The Bee-Bot moves forward and back, one step at a time. One step is equal to 6 inches, 15 centimeters, or 1 length of the Bee-Bot.

TRY IT: Press the Forward button one time, then press the GO button. The Bee-Bot will move forward one unit.

TRY IT: Press the X button to clear out those commands, and to put in a new set of commands. Press the Forward button two times, then press Go. The Bee-Bot will move forward two units, one at a time.

TRY IT: Clear the previous commands. Press the Back button two times, then press Go. The Bee-Bot will move backwards two units.

Press the X button to clear all previously entered commands. Otherwise each new command entered gets added to the end of what has already been entered.

The Bee-Bot moves right or left 90 degrees.

TRY IT: Press the Right button one time, then select Go. The Bee-Bot will turn right 90 degrees.

TRY IT: Combine at least three commands, for example, Forward 1, Left 1 , Back 1. Don’t forget to clear out your old program by selecting the X (Clear) button. Where did your Bee-Bot go?

# Lesson 1: What is the distance of one unit or step of Bee-Bot?

#### Overview

Students will determine the distance of 1 unit of Bee-Bot. This will be helpful when using the Bee-Bot and solving future challenges.

• Estimation
• Distance
• Measurement

#### Materials Needed

• Bee-Bot
• String or other resource for measuring such as yarn or ribbon
• Marker
• Scissors

#### Activity

Place the Bee-Bot on the floor.

1. Have a > student place one end of string next to the front of the Bee-Bot.
2. Another student presses the Forward arrow once and then presses Go. The Bee-Bot will move forward one unit.
3. Now mark the string where the front of the Bee-Bot stopped.
4. Cut the string where marked. This represents the distance of one unit of Bee-Bot.

#### Extension

• Have students create a name for the unit of measurement.
• Compare the string to a ruler and see how many inches/centimeters one unit of Bee- Bot represents.
• Estimate how many units it will take to move Bee-Bot to a designated location in the classroom. Try the program with the robot and see if you were correct, or if you underestimated or overestimated the distance.

# Lesson 2: Getting to Know You

#### Overview

Students will apply units of measurement to move the Bee-Bot to another location.

• Estimation
• Distance
• Measurement
• Direction

• Bee-Bot

#### Activity

1. Have students sit in a circle.
2. One student picks another student sitting in the circle and estimates how many units it will take Bee-Bot to reach the selected student. The first student will estimate, test, and adjust if necessary.
3. Once the Bee-Bot reaches the other student, have that student answer a question before selecting yet another student to program the Bee-Bot to reach. The teacher can ask a question that is general, such as what their favorite animal, movie or book is. Or you can incorporate questions from current units of study.

#### Extension

Addition problems: Write each student’s initial estimate on a chalkboard, dry erase board, or somewhere else where all can see. For example if a student estimates “forward 5”, write 5. If the estimate is too short, put a plus sign next to the 5, creating an addition problem where you can add the additional units needed to reach the desired location. Place the Bee-Bot back where it began, enter the additional units and select Go. (Bee-Bot remembers the previous entry.) OR clear Bee-Bot’s memory by selecting the Clear (X) key, and then enter the new estimated total.

Subtraction problems: Apply the same concept for subtraction. If the Bee-Bot goes too far students can use the back button to take away steps. Make sure you place the Bee-Bot back where it started.

Don’t forget the Bee-Bot holds all previous commands entered, and adds new ones onto the end. You can delete previous commands by selecting the X (clear) button.

# What is the distance of one unit of Bee-Bot?

One unit is equal to 6 inches, 15 centimeters, of 1 length of the Bee-Bot.

# Best way to care for your Bee-Bot

Use this link and click on “How Do I Get Started with my ‘Bot?”

# How many commands can Bee-Bot hold?

The original Bee-Bot can hold up to 40 commands at one time. The newer See and Say Bee-Bot can hold up to 200 commands at a time.

# How do I clear the Bee-Bot’s program?

Press the X button to clear all previous commands given to the Bee-Bot.

# Where is the power switch for the Bee-Bot?

The power switch is located on the bottom side of the Bee-Bot.

# Where is the battery located?

The battery is located on the bottom of the Bee-Bot.

# How do I turn the sound off?

The switch to turn the sound on and off is located on the bottom side of the Bee-Bot.

The “See & Say” Bee-Bot has three switches underneath, for power, sound, and sensor.

# How do I charge the Bee-Bot?

Use this link and click on “How Do I Charge my ‘Bot?”

# My Bee-Bot won’t charge

Use this link and click on “My Bee-Bot/Blue-Bot Won’t Charge!”

# What is the best way to maximize battery life?

Use this link and click on “How Do I Maximize Battery Life?”

# Tips to troubleshoot robot problems

Use this link to get to the Troubleshooting Tips page, and click on the applicable headings.