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Kate Hudson

The inventor and designer of Roamer.

Roamer signs EU's Pledge to Peace

Robot backs United Nations International Day of Peace

People have already advocated a bill of rights for robots; there is even an American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Robots which claims that robots are people too (or at least they will be some day). This year is the 30th anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace. They designated the 21st of September as the Day of Peace.  This prompted Roamer to take integration of human robot society one step further by signing the EU’s Pledge to Peace. This is not just a petition, but a call to action, and in this case the action will take place in a school in the Eternal City of Rome. The Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II”, who with United World College in Norway were the first schools to sign the Pledge,  have formed a partnership with Valiant Technology to create STEM based activities which make the students think about the issues of peace. Continue reading

PhD Awarded for Study of Roamer Activity

Scientific Study Shows the Effectiveness of Roamer

We always said you could get a PhD by doing a comprehensive study of almost any Roamer Activity.  Well now someone has just done exactly that.  Dr. Stephanie Holmquist has just been awarded a PhD from the University of South Florida for her dissertation entitled: A multi-case study of student interactions with educational robots and impact on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning and attitudes.  This is an exciting development and makes a good contribution to the gathering evidence about the effectiveness of Educational Robotics. Continue reading

Roamer Goes Back to the Future - Again!

I presented this paper on Peer Assessment and Educational Robots at the PRASAE Workshop in Tallinn University, Estonia.  It became clear that Roamer was doing things 30 years ago that educators are just now realising are important.  The same thing happened in Padua, when I delivered the paper on Computational Thinking.  Most of the audience were University Professors and their take on PASA (Peer and Self Assessment) was very formal they appreciated the perspective.  In the Q & A one stunned professor from Denmark asked, “Why was this approach to education not happening everywhere?” What a good question! Continue reading

Kafuro School in Uganda Get Roamers

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. Continue reading

Swashbuckle Roamer Success

Swashbuckle Roamer Success

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games has drawn to a close. Roamer played its part in the fun and games as part of the BBC’s Digizone.  In a fantastic 3 days over 600 children programmed Roamer pirate ships to find the treasure.  Favourite Pirate joke supplied by James age 4. Q. Why are Pirates Pirates? A. They just arrrrr!  Clearly a Billy Connelly in the making!

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TRTWR and RiE Conference in Padua

Paper on Educational Robots and Computational Thinking Well Received

The paper on Educational Robots and Computational Thinking written by myself and Southampton University’s John Woollard was well received in Padua, Italy on Friday 18th July.  The conference saw the coming together of two conferences: TRTWR (Teaching Robotics and Teaching with Robotics and RiE (Robotics in Education).  It formed a special interest group within the 13th International Conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems which featured cutting edge robotics from all industries.  Continue reading