“During the design of Roamer it seemed every teacher we asked wanted the Roamer to use different sets of units”, recalls Valiant’s education adviser Maurice Meredeth. “In the end we decided to provide a unit setting feature”. Maurice looks at how this facility has literally added unforeseen dimensions to Roamer’s versatility. (more…)
The National Mobility Centre in Birmingham has been using the Roamer to help visually impaired children understand space. The following piece is an extract from an article by Penny Gay, a Peripatetic Support Teacher for the Cornwall Advisory Service for Visually Impaired Children. It is published in full in the British Journal of Visual Impairment.
Geometry Microworld Part I was published by Valiant Technology in May 1986. Against a background story of Myrtle the Turtle travelling back in time and helping to invent geometry the Microworld presents a series of interesting Turtle activities. The next few issues of GO will publish Geometry Microworld Part II. (more…)
Preparation is necessary before using equipment like Roamer and Turtle with young children. The following article has been adapted from “Have Big Track will GO” written by Margaret Harris and Margaret Williams both Advisory Teachers in Devon. Published in the early 1980s it relates their experience of using Big Trak with young children. Many of the principles are suitable for use with young children the Roamer and the Turtle. (more…)
At first sight the Roamer is a friendly little robot that runs around the floor in more outfits than Imelda Marcos. There is, however, another side to this giant “Smartie with brains”. With the addition of the Roamer Control Box it changes from an intelligent pet to a sophisticated control device capable of introducing control work to the primary class or setting challenges to secondary children. In a series of articles Marcus Topham Senior IT Development Officer with Bradford LEA takes a look at these Roamer features. (more…)