Bedford Village Elementary School Students Learn to Code with Ozobots
Students watched closely as little round bug-like robots followed pre-determined paths or spun wildly in circles. They cheered and laughed and had intense conversations about what they needed to do next. It was all part of an introductory lesson on Ozobots in the Makerspace at Bedford Village Elementary School.
Ozobots are miniature line-following robots that can be used to teach students how to code. The fifth graders learned that this type of robot, also called automatic guided vehicles, were invented in the 1950s and are used to transport food, medicine, and materials in places like factories, warehouses and hospitals.
To get started, teacher Elizabeth George taught students different color codes that could make their robots speed up, slow down, turn left or right, make u-turns and more. Later, they worked in groups to guide their Ozobots through a maze by using codes.
This is when students became really engaged. The STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, challenge inspired them to use their critical thinking skills and work together creatively to map out ways they could get their Ozobot from a house, across the river and to a shop.
“How would we get him to go here though?” one student asked as he and a partner mapped out a possible path.
“If he can’t go this way, we should have him go this way instead,” another said, thinking ahead.
Disappointed when the enrichment period came to an end, students couldn’t wait to get back to the Makerspace and code again.