Things that beep and flash and go forward and backwards and turn are fun. Imagine combining all that fun with education? Bee Bots do just that. A Bee Bot is a small, rechargeable, programmable robot. Bee Bots are less than $100 — which makes them perfect for a Donors Choose Grant. And the DIY Mats are less than $5 each. Best of all — they’re simple to use. With each push of a button, the Bee Bot moves a specific distance — either forward, backward, right or left. Used with one of my mats, which are designed with an array of squares, the students program the Bee Bot to move through the squares to get to a desired spot. Along the way, they learn a lesson. They might not even notice that it is a lesson — because they’re having so much fun! I use Bee Bots to teach vocabulary, life cycles, sight words — as well as simple addition and subtraction. You can watch my video to see how I get started with Bee Bots. The best part is that your students will learn to think creatively in order to program the robot. There is no one way...