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Shona Poppe

BlueBot Maze Activity

Grades: 5th Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade
Subjects: Computer Science

Student Instructions

1. Create a maze on the Blue-Bot mat using tunnels and balloons anchored so they can be burst. 2. Put a "stinger" on your Blue-Bots tail. 3. Code your Blue-Bot to travel around the maze and burst all the balloons. (Choose your mat, explore, basic coding) 4. Make a movie of your Blue-Bot's mission using photos of the maze and a screen recording of the coding 5, Open seesaw using the video option to add in your movie. 6. Use the caption to reflect on the design of the maze and what can you improve on? What do you have to think about when coding your Blue-Bot e.g. what was the best approach to burst the balloon? What worked and what can you improve?

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

1. I made my own mat, but mats can be purchased for this type of activity. https://www.teaching.co.nz/product/TTSB090 2. Bluebot software is available from: https://www.tts-group.co.uk/blue-bot-bluetooth-programmable-robot-class-pack/1007817.html (for Mac and Windows) There are apps for iPad and other tablets. 3. Using a photo of "your" mat is upload-able to the software on both Mac and iPad (possibly on the other platforms too) 4. On Mac, use QuickTime Player to make a screen recording (no sound) 5. To record from an iPad, connect using a lightening cable and follow the instructions in this link. http://osxdaily.com/2016/02/15/howto-record-iphone-screen-mac-quicktime/ 6. This could be a group effort, my students exchange images and movies via airdrop.