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Update on Roamer Bee Project in Queen Elizabeth Parks

In May we announced a Bee Project with Liss School, Hampshire; a finalist in this years Guardian’s “School We’d Like” competition.  Liss is situated in Queen Elizabeth Country Park and is twinned with Kafuro School in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park.  Coincidently,  Kafuro school were doing a bee project and Valiant decided to sponsor their efforts by donating some Roamers.  Well now the robot has arrived in Africa.

 Teachers from Liss School travelled to Uganda taking Roamers with them.  Here is part of their report about Roamer.

Uganda 2014 Day 6: The day of the Roamer

Mrs Green took the reins for the roamer lesson. We started the lesson off by modelling a set of commands. Mrs Green would call out Forward 3, Turn right 180, Forward 2 and Jess from the Banded Mongoose Project (who had enjoyed herself so much the previous day that she returned) and I would carry out her instructions. I was grateful that Mrs Green knew what she was doing and didn’t instruct me to walk into a wall! We soon had the children doing the same and before too long they were really getting the hang of it.

The next step was to get the children working the roamer. Mrs Green put instructions how to draw a square onto the chalkboard and I then programmed the roamer. We laid out sheets from the flipchart we had brought on the concrete floor and fixed them with masking tape. As expected the roamer drew a perfect square and the children became very excited. We put the children into pairs and asked them to write a programme to draw a square, rectangle or triangle on their slates and they were soon deeply involved in the task. The enthusiasm spread all around the school with children from other classes standing at the doorway and eventually forming a circle around the activity. Winie, the headteacher, came in and was very impressed with the children’s learning. Finally, parents from all around the village started appearing at the window and taking an interest as word spread. Needless to say the lesson was an enormous success and Yowasi and Moris, the senior teachers were looking to expand the use of the roamer over the coming months.

Old and new technology together. Students work out their Roamer programs.

Its my turn to test out my ideas by programming Roamer.

This is how you do it. Roamer programming is scaffolded, even teachers can do it!

Oops, back to the blackboard!


Kafuro and Liss Blog for the full story.

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