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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. (more…)

Roamer in Emergency Life Saving Dash to the Hospital

  • Published December 24, 2016
  • By Michael Raby

Roamer Rescues a Student from West Elementary School, Arcadia, Florida

When a 4th Grade student started to choke on a chicken bone her friends programmed Roamer to make a dramatic life-saving dash to the hospital.  Teacher and Roamer enthusiast Michael Raby set this and other problems for his students to solve in a wonderfully playful lesson. (more…)

2 Ways Roamer Supported Oldham’s Latest Peace Efforts

  • Published September 30, 2016
  • By Dave Catlin

How Does Maths, Coding and a Cute Robot Help World Peace?

At the end of September, two Peace Pioneers came together to promote Peace. Oldham is the first UK Council to sign the Pledge to Peace. Roamer is the first robot to sign the same pledge. Oldham Council marked the United Nation’s Peace Day (21st September) with a Peace Week. This effort gave Valiant Technology the chance to show various ways Roamer can meet its Pledge and help with a maths lesson at the same time.

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Going to the Seaside

  • Published August 15, 2016
  • By Dave Catlin

Roamer Helps Solve Callous Murder Mystery

On the 2nd July Roamer went to support the Waves of Change Conference, held at The Crystal in London’s Docklands.  The conference gathered to promote peace and discuss the issue of water conservation.  Roamer engaged around 40 delegates in a Murder Mystery Game, aimed at highlighting the issues of water supply and water pollution.  A few days later we visited St Ignatius College, Enfield.  Once again Roamer proved adept at prompting adults and students to think about issues our children will face in the future. (more…)

My Personal Tribute to Seymour Papert

Father of Educational Robotics Dies

Sadly, on the 31st July, Seymour Papert died.  I find moments like this strange.  While it’s to time grieve, it’s also time to remember and since memories of Papert remind me of good things, I also experience a tinge of happiness. I would like to share my reflections.   I hope this isn’t too self-indulgent, but key parts of my life led me to work with  educational robots and they empathise with some of the experiences of this great educator. (more…)