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Paper Accepted for Bangkok Conference

Using Learning Intentions with Educational Robots

The Constructionism Conference 2016 has peer reviewed and accepted a paper written by Dave Catlin. It one of a series of papers in which Dave pioneers the use of Assessment for Learning methods with Educational Robots. The conference takes place in Bangkok, Thailand, 1st to 5th February 2016. Unfortunately, Dave cannot attend the conference so he will use Skype and a slide show to present the paper.

Constructionism 2016

The presentation is Session “17A : Math, Programming, Robots” and will take place at 11 am Friday Feb 5th.

Roamer Research Contributes in USA and Europe

Roamer Research Expertise at the Forefront of Educational Robotics

Dr Stephanie Holmquist, US proponent and distributor of Roamer will be a panel member at an important Robotics Symposium on the 1st May at Brown’s University in the USA.  Roamer designer, Dave Catlin will present a paper on educational robotic research and its impact in the classroom and a poster on mathematical modelling with Roamer in Switzerland on 21st May. Continue reading

MESH Guide on Roamer Initiated

Educational Robots: Why Use Roamer Robots in the Classroom?

Valiant is proud to be working with Andrew Csizmadia, Newman University and Mike Blamires, RIPPLE to publish a MESHGuide called  Educational robots: why use a Roamer robot in the classroom? MESHGuides provide independently quality assured research based advice for teachers.  MESHGuides are developed by educators around the world and are managed by the charity, the Education Futures Collaboration. Continue reading

On the Buses with Roamer

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

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

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

Roamer as a Tool of Culture

Catlin, D.  Smith, J.L. Morrison, K. (2012) Using Educational Robots as Tools of Cultural Expression: A Report on a Project with Indigenous Communities

A paper presented at the RiE2012 3rd International Conference on Robotics in Education 13 – 15 September 2012 Prague,  Czech Republic Continue reading