Teacher Review For My Robot Friend

Helpful for introducing robot programming to 6th graders

Stephan W.
Classroom teacher
Sequoia Middle School
Pleasant Hill, CA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Science, Arts
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I bring out a robot from my 7th and 8th grade classes and show them how it works. We then talk about working with robots and how we get started. Many students initially are not interested in working with robots or programming. Many of my students are ELL and low literacy and are intimidated and think robots are too complex to work with let alone figure out how to program them. However almost all students are familiar with classroom technology and are quick to embrace it. The drag and drop feature is something most students are familiar with from other apps that they use daily. They are challenged and engaged and truly enjoy their experience. Next year we will see it helps when they build a program a real robot.
My Take
Many of my students think of robots as a Transformer or a R/C car. Having a app as easy as this one for students to be engaged with is a great transition tool