1.3 Exploring Bee-Bot Lesson Plan

Learning Intention

  • Discover how a Bee-Bot moves

Links to the Early Years Learning Framework

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners:

  • Children will be involved in hands-on exploration that is flexible and open-ended.


  • Children will work in pairs.


  • One Bee-Bot per pair of children


  • whole class (5 minutes):
  • Conversation about what is robotics.
  • Introduce the Bee-bot.
  • Leading questions. What is a robot?


  • In pairs children have 10 minutes to discover features of a Bee-Bot
  • Turn it off and on
  • What moves it has L,R,F,B, pause, GO.

Whole group

  • Teach the Teacher: Teach me how to .... forward, back, clear button (debug the code)


  • Give children more discovery time so they gain confidence in programming the Bee-Bot to follow their instructions.

Bee-Bot Facts to Know

  • Memory of up to 40 steps
  • Moves in 15cm steps
  • Sounds and flashing eyes confirm your instructions