Roamer Movie to Premier
Roamer® received a summons to appear in front of the US Congress. On the 12th April she will attend the STEM on the Hill™ exhibition held on Capitol Hill. There she will appear in front of an invited audience which includes 535 Members of the US Congress and key Congressional staff. The audience will interrogate Roamer on her performance in the “Robotic Performing Arts Project™” created by Oxon Hill Middle School, in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
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. Continue reading
Roamer Packs It’s “Woollies” for a Winter In Moscow
Maggie Morrissey of Technology to Teach is working in the Atlantic International School in Moscow. She is taking Roamer with her where she plans some interesting science and creative writing projects. Roamer could learn Russian, but it does not have to, because the project also involves using Roamer to teach English as a Second Language (ESL).
Using Roamer to Model a Mass Transport System
Everyone knows the saying, “You stand at the bus stop, waiting for ages, then three of them turn up at the same time.” Why? A mathematical model called queuing theory supplies an answer. What is the mathematics used to design a mass transportation system? That is what Year 10 students at the Kingsdale Foundation School, Southwark are about to find out. As a STEM Ambassador I will run a five week mathematics enrichment programme starting on the 14th October. Continue reading
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
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.
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
No, Roamer is not going to become a BeeBot, but it is going become part of Liss Junior School’s Bee Project. Earlier this year Liss school was one of 12 finalists selected from 300 entries into the Guardian’s “School We’d Like” competition. Yesterday Roamer designer, Dave Catlin visited the school to discuss a project using Roamer Sensors with head teacher Andrew Burford. Andrew started to talk about the Liss bee project…