Programmable robots and drones

Programmable robots

Programmable robots can be used to explore algorithms and implement programs to complete a desired outcome.

In the early years of schooling, push-button programmable robots, like Bee-Bot, can be used to enhance students’ directional language and develop the skills needed to follow and represent algorithms. These robots can be easily integrated into a range of literacy and numeracy learning activities.

Many programmable robots are controlled by a tablet device and app via Bluetooth. This provides an opportunity to discuss digital systems, including the way data is transmitted wirelessly, as well as the software and hardware required.

Progammable robots allow students to use and design more complex algorithms and implement more sophisticated programs that incorporate decisions and repetition. Students draw on computational thinking to solve problems and challenges.


Similarly to programmable robots, drones enable students to explore algorithms, implement and design programs and draw on computational thinking.

There are important safety considerations that teachers need to consider and implement when using drones in their teaching programs. Refer to this article Clayfield College Drone Club, developed by Cathy Lamb a QLD teacher who started a drone club in her school.

See how Trinity Bay State High School implemented their drone program.

View this article that describes things to consider when purchasing a drone for your Digital Technologies programs.

View the webinar: Drones, Data, and Digital Technologies - How they all fit together. Clair Allen, Kelly Soenario, and Dr. Karen Joyce, along with co-host Martin Richards, work through an approach to bring drones into your school, as part of a Digital Technologies implementation plan.

You may also be interested in viewing this Blog article written by Dr Karen Joyce of SheMaps, Jan 2020, Buy These Microdrones for Your Classroom.

Further information


In this section we highlight features of common technologies used in schools. However, any references to any specific product, process or service is for information only and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation.