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…)

Hazardous Spherical Objects

Roamer Cleans Up Danger

Roamer may first appear in the nursery but King Edward VI School are discovering it is capable of providing exciting and challenging projects for older pupils. Head of CDT, Keith Farley-Pettman has set the problem below for his year 9 students. Their solution was published in the next issue of GO.  Here we combine both problem and solution.  This is a Classic Roamer Activity, which is still relevant and feasible with the latest Roamer. (more…)

Paper Clips to Silicon Chips

Using Roamer in a Class of Normal and Partially-Sighted Students

An article in the last issue of “GO”, about Penny Gay’s work with visually-impaired children at the National Mobility Centre in Birmingham, prompted a response from Mrs H N Syn, who has been using the Roamer with a mixed class of normal and partially-sighted children in Melbourne, Australia. (more…)