ISTE 17: That Was Easy, Terrapin Software Shows Off BeeBot, BlueBot and ProBot In The Robotics and Coding Playground at ISTE 2017
Four years ago when she was six our now nine year old edtech reporter learned how to code using the logo language with Terrapin Software’s Beebot. Now the company has a few more bots that are just as easy to use and to teach the fundamentals of coding.
Terrapin has been using the Logo language to teach kids to code since the 1970s. They had programs for the Commodore 64 and the Apple II E, and now they’re still teaching kids to code, but with some pretty cool robots.
BeeBot is a yellow robot that looks like a bee. It has buttons on top that can tell the BeeBot to go forward, backward, left, right and stop. Kids program a set of steps for the BeeBot to take and hits go, and voila, the BeeBot will do exactly what it’s told to do.
BlueBot is just like BeeBot but it adds Bluetooth to it. Now, kids can use the buttons on the top of the BlueBot to program it the exact same way they would with BeeBot, or they can use a tablet. The BlueBot program allows kids to set the programming steps and re-arrange them with a tap of a button. There’s also a tile programming device that lets kids pick tile pieces that tell the BlueBot where to go.
When they’ve graduated beyond BeeBot and BlueBot, there’s ProBot which can follow geometric lines and much more.
Tatum, our 9 year old edtech reporter, caught up with Bill Glass in the robotics playground at ISTE 2017. She couldn’t believe how long Terrapin has been teaching kids to code. She also got indepth about the Probot. Check out the video interview below and for more info visit terrapinlogo.com