Robot Dance Party

What You Need

  • An educational robot such as Bee-Bot or a Code-and-Go Robot Mouse
  • Dance music
  • Party decorations (optional)


What You Do

  1. Explain to your student that they are going to have a robot dance party. If time permits, ask them to suggest a dance tune.
  2. First, play the song and, as you listen, invite your student to dance or move in ways that a robot might move.
  3. Next, ask them to think about what commands they might use to make a robot move with the music.
  4. Let them program the robots to move in a pattern that is related to the sound and rhythm of the dance tune. Depending on their prior experiences with the robots, you may also want to review the menu of commands and other operating instructions.
  5. Once all the robots have been successfully programmed, play the dance tune again. Run the program and dance along with the robots!
  6. Afterwards, ask questions that will help your student reflect on the experience:
    • Do robots make good dancers? Why or why not?

Ann Gadzikowski is an author and educator with a passion for challenging children to think creatively and critically. Her recent book Robotics for Young Children won the 2018 Midwest Book Award for best educational book. Ann developed her expertise in robotics, computer science, and engineering through her work as early childhood coordinator for Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. She has over 25 years of experience as a teacher and director of early childhood programs, and currently serves as the Executive Director of Preschool of the Arts, a Reggio-Emilia inspired school in Madison, Wisconsin.

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