This is an activity to be used away from the computer.(Unplugged computing) It helps the children to use and understand control language. They move the mini robot or floor turtle around the pirate map to hide the treasure. They then write the route or algorithm on a work sheet so the treasure can be found by someone else.
When they have written their instructions they can write where the treasure is on the back, then swap sheets with someone. If the instructions lead to the wrong place they can fix or debug their algorithm.
Children can design their own robots or use the printouts, they look really nice laminated and stuck on counters or buttons.
I have been using this resource for many years and the children always have great fun with it, especially if you make a class set to work in twos. It is worth laminating the maps.