Project Full STEAM Ahead
Honoured as Superintendent of the year 2014 Dr Kevin Maxwell is now in charge of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in Maryland USA. Dr Maxwell is a strong believer in the arts. In 2010, the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance honoured his efforts to improve arts education. It is perhaps not surprise he has made arts integration as a key strand in his PGCPS policy. Add arts to STEM and you get STEAM: Science, Technology, engineering, arts and maths. Earlier this year saw the launch of a Roamer pilot project called Full STEAM Ahead. This follows up on earlier Robotic Performing Arts™ work done by Valiant.
Consultant Dr Ronnie Lowenstein realised the potential of Roamer to help PGCPS achieve their aims. Working with John Ceschini the district’s arts integration officer Ronnie organised a pilot project in Oxon Hill Middle School. Valiant’s Dave Catlin visited the school to train teacher’s Kenneth Williams and Devon Riley. Dave recall’s: in 1989 when we took the Classic Roamer to Southmead School in Wimbledon head teacher Alan Coode got the pupils to make a Roamer movie. Irreverently they called it “Coodies Circus”. In those days we hired a film crew to shoot the video. These days children write the play, make the Roamer characters, program them to act out the story, film and edit it.
Teacher Kenneth Williams will show some preliminary work with Roamer on the 7th November at Prince George’s Community College in Largo. He said, “The more I see of Roamer the more I realise its fantastic potential”.