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What is Bee-bot robots

Handbook of Research on Integrating Digital Technology With Literacy Pedagogies
Bee-bot robots are a type of robot intended for early childhood. They are shaped like a bee and can be programmed to run on the floor on commercially available mats or independent of the mats.
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Steamsational Writing: An Investigation Into Using Robots to Inspire Children's Narrative Skills
Marybeth Green (Texas A&M University, Kingsville, USA) and C. Lisa McNair (Texas A&M University, Kingsville, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0246-4.ch008
Providing young children with rich environments for writing has been a continuing quest for teachers in the early grades. This chapter investigates the use of Bee-bot robots as a means of creating a stimulating environment that engages second graders in the writing process and learning story grammar elements. Researchers met with the students weekly for an hour over six weeks. In the first week, students wrote an initial story and learned the basics of programming a Bee-bot robot. In subsequent weeks, students listened to a story set in the context of the Bee-bot mat, reviewed vocabulary words, planned a path for their robot, wrote a short story, and executed their robot program. There was a significant difference overall between the baseline story and the final story, and between the initial rating of each of the story grammar elements and the final rating of the elements, with the exception of Character.
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