Roamer Batteries

How long should they last?  Which batteries are most suitable? We asked Dave Catlin, designer of Roamer and Managing Director of Valiant Technology a few questions about the batteries for Roamer and Classic Roamer. (more…)

Educational Robots and Computational Thinking

My first involvement with programming was using the computer housed on one of Bradford University’s upper floors.  I remember an acquaintance, Eddie North, asserting in his authoritative Yorkshire accent, “Of course computers cannot think!”  Over half century later the computer has shrunk from whole-floor-of-building to pocket-size.  And people are asking not whether computers think, but whether there is value in people thinking like computers.  It this series of articles I explore the idea of computational thinking and its relationship to educational robots.  We start with a fascinating history of tremendous ideas. (more…)

Roamer in Canada

Valiant robots have a long history in Canada. The Turtle appeared in London, Ontario circa 1985, this was followed by Classic Roamer® and now Paul Klintworth starts reporting on the new Roamer’s debut at the Wentwrorth Campus, Collingwood School, Vancouver and his plans for integrating into the school’s curriculum.



Star Wars in Rickmansworth

Lucas Films announced today it was to make Star Wars VII in the UK.   Previous Star Wars movies were made at Pinewood, Elstree, Ealing and Leavesdon Studios.  But perhaps the decision to continue making the movies in Britain was swayed by the work of Year 5 and 6 students from Maple Cross JMI school who recently made Star War films with a new starring robot called Roamer.  Ideally situated about 15 minutes drive from all the other studios Maple Cross nurtures the creative talents that make this part of the world a major centre for movie production. (more…)

Night at the Museum

Perhaps Things Do Come to Life!

Dan Noren ex-program manager at Cahners ComputerPlace in the Museum of Science, Boston describes his experience of using Roamer in the Interactive exhibits.  Despite the availability of some of the World’s most sophisticated robots, Roamer  consistently proved a popular interactive exhibit. (more…)