On September 21st 2014, Roamer marked the UN’s designated Day of Peace by signing the Pledge to Peace – an EU call to action. Valiant formed a partnership with Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II”, school in Rome, who had signed the pledge two years ago. The plan was to create a set of Roamer activities which will provoke students to think about relevant issues and in some cases help them to develop some relevant skills. Before taking the activities to Rome it was decided to try them in some local schools. The opportunity arose under the STEM Ambassador programme for me to visit Bentley Wood High School for Girls in Harrow and Sydenham School in Lewisham. (more…)
When movie makers want to tell their audience they are in London they flash a few images on screen like Tower Bridge, Big Ben or London’s famous red buses – the Routemaster. The bus is such an integral part of London life the phrase “the man on the Clapham Omnibus” has become a legal term meaning a well educated, reasonable person. Clapham Common is 5 minutes from Valiant’s office and it is also on London’s South Circular Road which leads to Kingsdale Foundation School in Dulwich. It was there that the gifted mathematical students of Year 9 used Roamer in an after school project: Designing and Modelling Bus Routes. This is their report. (more…)
EAL, ESOL, ESL… there is a bewildering number of acronyms which cover the teaching of English as a second language. Many years ago a teacher in Canberra, the capital of Australia had a classroom full of children from various Foreign Embassies. She literally had to cope with something like 13 different languages and children who spoke virtually no English. In the first of several articles Maggie Morrissey explains how she use Roamer to teach her young Russian students English. This article is also published by Maggie on the Technology to Teach web site. (more…)
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.
Guided by the late Professor Tom Stonier, one of Valiant’s founders, we have always believed educational products should be based on evidence of best educational practice. Continuing this philosophy we recently announced a collaboration between Dave Catlin, Andrew Csizmadia and Mike Blamires to produce a MESHGuide – Educational robots: why use a Roamer robot in the classroom? In this article Professor Marilyn Leask explains the MESHGuide programme. (more…)