The use of Pro-Bot

Last week Year 4 pupils had 2 lessons in which they used Pro-Bot. Pro-Bot offers students an enticing, engaging, and hands-on experience with Logo programming as well as robotic controls. Pro-Bot commands are entered via a set of arrow and number keys mounted on the back. Pro-Bot can hold a felt-tip pen in the built-in mechanism in the centre, allowing it to draw as it moves. Pupils worked in groups and were given a set of tasks to complete. They planned a route for Pro-Bot and pressed the corresponding keypad commands, pressed the GO button and sent Pro-Bot on its way! Pro-Bot followed the sequence of commands that were entered step by step. The tasks that were given were linked with the following Maths topics: length, angles and shapes. By the end of these sessions students were able to programme Pro-Bot to draw squares and rectangles.

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