The BPS EdTech Team is currently exploring more ways to integrate programmable robotic and code driven devices into curricular activities. Team members are developing lessons and projects around several products including Ollie, Spheros, and Bigtrak that can provide great hands-on visual exploration for subject area content.
The following post originally appeared on the Pine Glen Library and Technology Center blog. Thank you to BPS EdTech Team members Michelle Ardizzoni and Megan Carney for sharing!
Fourth graders in Mrs. Visocchi’s class had an opportunity to work with Ollie, an app controlled robot. Students first learned how to steer Ollie and had the chance to “drive” it around the room. Once everyone had a “test drive,” it was time to see if students could complete a challenge. They were asked to move Ollie three meters in a straight line, turn it around, and bring it back to the starting line. Students designed a runway using meter sticks. They measured three meters and discussed strategies to complete the challenge. Students recorded their strategies and observations with each attempt. With each attempt, students got closer to completing this challenge. The students had a wonderful time using Ollie, and it was a fun, engaging way to work collaboratively incorporating math, technology, and the design process.