Archive for the ‘Computing’ Category

How Did World Cup Fever Win in Essex?

  • Published July 19, 2018
  • By Dave Catlin

RoamerWorld Cup Makes a Great Enrichment Day

The 2018 Football World Cup is over! We applaud the winners France and praise Russia for hosting a wonderful competition. The day after the final we took Roamer to Mark Hall Academy, Harlow, Essex. We held the RoamerWorld Cup with a group of students aged 12 to 15 as part of their enrichment day. (more…)

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…)

Roamer Scratch Interface

  • Published June 5, 2015
  • By Dave Catlin and Andrew Csizmadia

You Can Now Program Roamer from Scratch

Valiant Technology started working with educational robots in 1983. In those days people used Logo to program Turtles. Now you can use Roamer ScratchX to program Roamer. In this article I explain how it makes an ideal partnership.

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Introducing Roamer Sensors

  • Published November 6, 2014
  • By Marcus Topham and Dave Catlin

Make Roamer Come Alive

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.

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