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.
The children in Year 1 and 2 at St. Aidan’s C of E Primary School, Clock-Face, St. Helens were very excited when Roamer joined their class after the Christmas holidays. Soon a group of the Year 2 children decided that Roamer needed his own town to explore and so decided to make him his very own road mat. (more…)
This is one from the 1992 archives. Of course this was a prototype for Bear Grylls Survival TV Shows. Dot Ginn was working on several Roamer design projects, here she reported on one of them. How does Roamer survive if stranded on a desert island. (more…)
“Despite the relatively short time the Valiant Roamer has been available as a classroom tool, it has already begun to make an important contribution to the education of the nation’s children. With Valiant’s Design Pack, Roamer is set fair to make an even greater contribution in the 1990’s..” Ron Jones, School Inspector for IT with Lincolnshire Local Education Authority. In this article Ron looks at the design capability of the Roamer. (more…)