When the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry hosted the Robot Exhibition they invited Roamer to take part in their family active zone. Find out why Roamer became a big hit and how it met some old friends among the visitors and awesome robots.
As part of the exhibition the Museum announced:
Younger visitors will love our specially created trail, packed full of fun robot-themed activities.
That’s where Roamer came in testing their programming and mathematical skills. However, it wasn’t just the youngsters who got excited!
Roamer delighted the Museum staff because it met all their needs for a perfect challenge for such an event:
What really pleased us it was so easy to set up, reliable and robust – we didn’t even need to provide electrical power – a perfect activity.
Of course this doesn’t surprise us. We designed Roamer so it worked in many different learning environments. And many parents, seeing their children so absorbed by coding and maths asked why they didn’t do this at school. Well, they do.
This is the winning 8 year-old’s rooute.
Inkha was one of the robots in the exhibition. In 2002 Matthew Walker and Peter Longyear started a robotic project called Inkha at King’s College London. Inkha is a reactive head – that means it senses people and responds to them. It tracks moving objects using cameras inside its eyes. It speaks and shows when its scared, bored or trying to appear cool. In 2002 Matthew explored making Inkha using Valiant’s Inventa product. We called it Betty. Meeting Inkha at the exhibition started Dave thinking about making it combining it with Roamer.
19 October 2017–15 April 2018
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
26 May–2 December 2018
Life Science Centre, Newcastle
18 January–12 May 2019
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh