Help me give my students Hexbugs, Ozobot Bits, Code and Go Mouse kits, and batteries to allow them to explore coding in a hands-on and exciting way.
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." ~W.B. Yeats.
The students I work with love learning and are always wanting to do more hands-on activities.
They love doing projects and when they get to help plan, it's that much more exciting. We do investigations, explore new areas on field trips, and learn about things beyond the regular classroom curriculum.
My students keep me on my toes and remind me that school needs to be fun, in order for them to focus on their studies and to understand the value of an education. Their neighborhood has declined in recent years, and many go home to places where there are issues that would make a lot of adults have difficulty focusing.
They want to learn, but sometimes it is difficult to focus. Even though there are many students who lack support at home, they are given the boost they need by their teachers. With this boost, they become excited to learn, care about their education, and strive to do their best.
My students love learning through play. They'll spend hours working with Legos to design a moon colony that meets all the needs of the astronauts who live there. They've become experts at gravity, momentum, and forces by playing with Hot Wheels cars and ramps. Coding with our four classroom Ozobots is fun, but we've got students learning coding with colors as they try to have their miniature robots do more than just follow a line.
This project will bring more coding into our Elementary STEM Lab, so students can get the basics of programming and "talking" to robots and computers.
The Code and Go Mouse kits will help ingrain the process of commands and steps for the students. One push of a button will make the mouse move one time, no more and no less. Adding a string of commands will help the mouse to find the cheese in the maze. The students will be given tasks to do with the mouse, and they will code the mouse until it finishes the task.
The Ozobots follow a line of color, and students will use different colors and patterns to move the Ozobots around the paths and do tricks. The Hexbugs are the simplest robots, but they are still machines the students will play with and study to learn how robots work.
Engineering, coding, and programming is best learned when students are excited. This project will help my students want to learn more about coding, so that they can make the robots do more.
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|Bit Coding Robot (White) • Amazon Business||$41.99||4||$167.96|
|Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set, 83 Pieces, Ages 4+ • Amazon Business||$38.00||2||$76.00|
|Educational Insights Artie 3000 The Coding Robot: STEM Toy, Coding Robot for Kids 7+ • Amazon Business||$69.99||1||$69.99|
|HEXBUG nano Nitro 5 Pack - Sensory Vibration Toys for Kids and Cats - Tiny HEX BUG Children’s Toy Technology with Batteries Included - Multicolor • Amazon Business||$19.99||3||$59.97|
|Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse, Coding STEM Toy, 31 Piece Coding Set, Ages 4+ • Amazon Business||$18.75||2||$37.50|
|LiCB 40 Pack LR44 AG13 357 303 SR44 Batteries 1.5V Button Coin Cell Battery • Amazon Business||$6.99||1||$6.99|
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