Pro-Bot is the grown up version of the Bee-Bot and can be programmed using robotic controls on the car or through Logo programming. This race car designed bot allows students to enter commands via a set of arrow and number keys mounted on the back. Plan a route for the Pro-Bot and press the corresponding keypad controls then press GO. The Pro-Bot also allows repeat loops and has bumper and light sensors to take programming to the next level.
How do I use a Pro-Bot?
You will need:
* At least one charged Pro-Bot (uses 3 x AA batteries)
* Floor space for the robot and children to move around.
* Suitable pen and paper for the pro-bot to draw.
You can challenge children to draw shapes such as squares, rectangles and triangles.
To get started and see the Pro-Bot in action, watch this Pro-Bot activity video (79 seconds).
More “How to” videos can be found on YouTube.
Be creative in your library
With Pro-Bots, white paper is your canvas and there is no limit to what you can imagine and create. Set beginner tasks of programming the Pro-Bot to draw basic shapes individually, then children can combine the shapes to create objects such as a butterfly or cat. Creating such objects will require the children to develop creativity and spatial awareness when planning the movements of the Pro-Bot.
Useful resources to spark your creativity include:
* Pro-Bot Info Guide (PDF 317 KB | DOCX 120 KB ) that provides a short description and draw a butterfly activity
* Dream Factory Fact Sheet developed by Department of Education and Training
* Pro-Bot Activity Planner (PDF 559 KB | DOCX 104 KB ) with a one hour workshop plan for 7-16 year olds.
How can I get a Pro-Bot?
Current suppliers in Queensland include Education Technology Specialists. Prices may change but are currently $218.90 including GST, plus shipping.