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Coding with Botley Workshop

A robotics workshop for younger children

This is a beginner workshop that is designed to teach early years and KS1 students coding with the popular Botley robot. The children will use logic and step coding with Botley to perform a variety of tasks including, turning, performing loops, line following, detecing objects, and making sounds. Please check our Coding with Robots Workshop for coding workshops for students aged 6+.


We can deliver sessions in parallel.
1 instructor can deliver the following in a full day:
Reception: 3 sessions x 1 hr 15 mins
(20 students per session)
Primary: 3 sessions x 1 hr 15 mins
(30 students per session)
Contact us for larger events.

Age Group

Reception - Y1

Step Coding


  • Code Botley to follow directions using a remote programmer.
  • Code Botley to get from A to B using step cards.

Line Following


  • Watch Botley follow a line using it's sensors.

Object Detection


  • Code Botley to avoid hitting objects.

Other Coding Activities


  • Use Botley to make sound patterns.
  • Use secret codes to turn Botley in to dinosaur, ghost, police car, and more.

Typical Workshop Day*

Usually, we will reset the session and repeat it for more groups of children on the same day. On occasions, we will end the day with a street-dance performance.

* The activities may vary on the day depending on the length of the workshops and the age and ability of the students.