Roamer takes part in Planet Wow!
The TV programme Country House Rescue illustrated the plight of grand houses built by the rich families of yesterday. In the modern world the owners, fortunes depleted, struggle to find ways of making the properties self sustaining. The is not just a British problem. Project Wow is helping to save the Villa Kanjel in the Dutch city of Maastricht. This innovation includes two interactive rooms where Roamer and Classic Roamer are doing their stuff. “Het is fijn dat ik Nederlands spreek”, said Roamer.
Roamer Well Received by Parents and Children
Planet WOW is started on 1st August and is open open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 11pm. It is a pilot project which will finish at the end of September.
Outdoor movies and various activities, some particularly aimed as Special Needs children, are provided in the gardens. Also outside children’s theatre, a Minecraft Game and a cookery activity where children can learn to cook – insects! Inside the house on the ground floor hosts an exhibition of Japanese paintings and ceramics and a jazz room. The first floor contains different art shops it includes the work of established artists from Amsterdam and the work of autistic artists. The first floor also houses the digi-lab where children can play with Roamer.
Last week a lot of children aged between 3 to 14 played with Roamer. Most stayed for about 20 minutes, some even longer. They did some simple old Logo Turtle activities like drawing shapes. It is amazing how quickly some children pick up programming Roamer. I also have a couple of volunteer helpers who are working on a music activity, which I am excited about. I would say Roamer was the favourite activity in the digi-lab.