5 Things That Make Roamer a Terrific Dancer

  • Published October 16, 2017
  • By Dave Catlin

How Students Loved Roamer’s Creative Coding Challenge

Dancing is one of Roamer’s favourite pastimes.  The Classic Roamer started it over twenty years ago and the EU Code Week gave her daughter the chance to follow in her wheel tracks.  Find out what happened at the University College London’s Code Event and how you can use this idea in your classroom.

 

All cultures have a dancing tradition and time-honoured dances often become art forms.  The urge to dance is a natural feeling.  It’s a pastime we do to celebrate or as means of self-expression.  Going to your first dance is a rite-of-passage for the young and remarkably, each generation invents new ways to dance.  Dance movement connects to music which connects to mathematics.   So we’ve got an intrinsic part of our culture that makes us move artistically.  People like doing it as a form of artistic self-expression which connects to mathematics.  Coding robots to dance makes an ideal Roamer STEAM challenge.

EU Code Week

7th to 22nd October 2017

Over 968,537 students will take part in 23,043 events in 50 countries on 4 Continents.  Roamer supported the University College London event held on the 7th October.

Fifteen schools and 150 students attended the UCL Event. The children from 3 schools made Roamer Dance.  Children from St Joan-of-Arc Islington won one of the event prizes and made Roamer blush by telling the room, “The best part of the day was making Roamer dance”.

The most gratifying part of the event was when Willow Banks, Primary Schoolteacher, Andy Wykes, explained how one of his children had made his first ever journey on London Transport.  His desire to make the trip from Bexley to Kings Cross Station meant he had to overcome his autism.  The shy little boy could only manage to work alone, but Andy reported, “He loved playing with Roamer – it was his favourite part of the day”.  It showed in his excellent solo dance performance – it was the best of the day.

St Matthew’s School, Westminster had two groups of students attending the event.  Teacher Hannah Marshall, shuffled between the two to check on what was happening.  None of the children in any of the groups had met Roamer before.  Hannah left the Roamer group while Kate Hudson was showing them how to write programs.  Ten minutes later she returned to find her class in every nook and cranny in the room.  She remarked, “They’re so focused!”  Well – that’s what Roamer does – it engages students.

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