Roamer Crusoe

Learning About Survival Skills with Roamer

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…)

Why Did Roamer Cross the Road?

How to make road safety lessons interesting was the challenge facing Mrs Lesley Podmore, deputy head teacher at Bramford County Primary School in Ipswich. While she was attending a course organised by Suffolk County Council Road Safety Department, she saw the potential of the Roamer. When she mentioned the idea to Martin Andrew, who was running the course, he offered to help her set up some projects. GO visited the school recently and found that the children had developed some interesting applications. (more…)

Roamer as a Vehicle for Design Education in Schools

Creating Roamer Characters Meets Art and Design Needs

“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…)

Adventures of Myrtle the Turtle

 The English National Curriculum states “Pupils should estimate and measure quantities, and appreciate the approximate nature of measurement”. Practical measurement of length, weight, capacity, etc. is a common feature of early mathematics work. Unfortunately this often becomes the manipulation of standard units and the use of ready-made measuring devices. This assumes that children know what measurement is and have grasped the need for standard units. Such assumptions are unfounded. Understanding grows from practical experience of measurement over a considerable period of time and in many different contexts. “GO” looks at how using the Valiant Turtle and Roamer embodies the basic ideas of measurement (more…)

Programming Classic Roamer Sensors

Generally writing about sensors make the subject appear complex. Using sensors, particularly with the Roamer, is much easier than it may seem, and the more you practice, the easier it gets! Marcus Topham continues his look at Roamer Sensors. (more…)