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Path to Learning Programming Paved with Ozobots

08/16/2019

With the help of a fleet of pint-sized robots called Ozobots, students in Mrs. Ortlieb's third-grade science classes are learning how to program -- and they're having a great time doing it!
 
Ozobots are tiny toy robots that have light sensors to allow students to direct their actions. The robots follow patterns on surfaces that are drawn with special red, blue, green and black markers. "The students create the paths and decide which commands to give their Ozobots," said Mrs. Ortlieb. "Different color sequences tell the Ozobots what to do," she added.
 
Popular commands included the Turbo, a burst of Ozobot speed that students programmed using a blue-green-blue color sequence and the Snail Dose, a three-second interval of exceedingly slow Ozobot movement that requires a red-green-blue color code.
 
"This is a gateway program to help students learn about basic coding," explained Mrs. Ortlieb. As the school year progresses, students will use OzoBlockly, Ozobot's code editor, to learn more about computer programming.