This feature was first published in April 1991. In it teacher Marcus Topham explains how sensors transform the capabilities of a robot. In the original article Marcus explained what sensors mean to a robot and how where you find sensors in the animal world and in machines and some suggestions of how to introduce sensors to children. Of course things since those days the “connected world” has arrived and sensors are everywhere. However, the basic ideas behind sensors has not changed, so we have taken the opportunity to update the article.
Evergreen Elementary School is on the US Fort Lewis US Army in Washington State. In 2004 one of their Kindergarten teachers Jeffrey Thompson won the Disney Foundation Teacher of the Year Award. This brought the Army and Disney together to build a very unique school. Evergreen teacher Kenton Morrison describes his school and how Roamer helps solve its unique problems.
Maggie Wagstaff is an Advisory Teacher for Information Technology (IT)and Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Warwickshire. She says, “I’ve got the good fortune to be working in all the MLD (mild learning difficulties)and SLD (severe learning difficulties) schools in in the county.” In this the first of two GO Articles, she describes her experience using Roamer.
Bernagh Young teaches deaf children at Cheriton Hearing Impaired Unit, Folkestone. She has found that Roamer stimulates the children to respond and actively engage in communication.
Desi Donnelly, Advisory Teacher for the South Eastern Education and Library Board, Northern Ireland, is a great exponent of the Roamer and Roamer control. Here he passes on some ideas that he has developed through his work with teachers and pupils. (more…)