I present them to my school classroom where students come in groups of 12 to learn about robotics. This year, being the first one to implement robotics at school I have decided to distribute the transacts in the following way:
- Lego WeDo2 and its programming with Scratch for 10-12 year olds
- Lego WeDo2 and its programming with the Wedo2 app for students 8-10 years old
- Bee-bots and code.org activities for students 6-8 years old
- Bee-bots for students 3-6 years
You can see an image in 360 degrees from my classroom by following this link (the front door).
When I work with the bee-bots, move the tables to the window to leave a clear space in the center of the classroom and to be able to develop the activities on the ground, as this favors (or that I believe) the mobility of the students, To go from one carpet to another, the accidents of the robots by falls from the table to the ground are minimized since it is already worked on the ground, and there are no differences between the teacher and student level since we are all on the ground and not some on small tables and others on the large table.
When working with LegoWedo, either by scheduling from the specific app as from Scratch, I organize the students in four groups of three and they are assigned a half board, so that the three students can be in touch with the robot and the interface of programming by placing one on the short side of the table and the other two, one on each side in the middle of the long part of the table. Two work groups are placed in each table so that they can be close to each other and take advantage of the reflections and advances of the other group, they are close to being able to request help but also when there is a need for a collaborative activity between two groups no longer They have to move around the classroom because they are already close.
We have a pizzar to write with chalk to be able to leave some advice, for the activity and three cork boards where we are going to put important information of a general nature of the robotics workshops. At the moment they are still quite empty but they will be filled with time. Now there is only one relation of all the parts of the wedo2 kit and a manual how to connect wedo2 with Scracth.
The teacher’s table faces the wall since I do not use it when the students are in the classroom. This should not occupy a main space in the organization of space.
As you could have seen, there are no chairs for the students since as the work sessions are only 1 hour long and the activities tend to favor the students’ movement through space, they were more of a hindrance than a solution. So also when the younger students come to work with bee-bots, the chairs do not occupy any space and the students can take advantage of it.
Another feature that I like about my classroom is the fact that the tables have two fitters with a plastic “drawer” inserted into it. In the first place to try to keep the pieces of Lego we use during the construction of the robots inside and minimize the loss of irrigation and, above all, as a test bench for robot programming. When doing the tests in a “drawer” we avoid falls that can break the material.
In addition it is a room with lots of natural lighting. This way we avoid the energy expenditure of blooms and favor a warmer and more cozy work environment, since we are located in a city where the sun shines for most of the days of the year.
As an improvement, it would be good to have a projector to show the students the programming sequences, but always being very small groups that do not have chairs to sit, when necessary, use the desktop computer.
I hope you liked the classroom and could provide some kind of criticism or improvement. It will always be welcome.
I also leave you the direct link to the robotic section of the school website where you can see the activities that we are developing. The text is in Catalan, which I suppose many of you do not speak, but an image is worth a thousand words.
You can also follow the activities we develop in the school on the same website, in the official Twitter account of @EscolaSaavedra, or in my personal @PiE_teacher.