Crawley STEMFest Big Bang Event Finds New Champions
The World’s Strongest Man competition sees people doing amazing things like carrying two large fridges over 30 m, pulling trucks or aircraft and what is the equivalent of carrying a fat man up a lot of stairs. I have to say I enjoy watching the programme. However, as an ex-crane designer I must tell them we have machines for doing that sort of stuff! Of course this inspired the StrongBot Contest which will be taken on by Year 7 and 8 Lambeth Academy Students as par of British Science Week. Continue reading
You may remember our heart warming articles on Liss and Kafuro Schools. Liss who use Roamer extensively introduced it to Kafuro their Ugandan partners in the Queen Elizabeth Parks Twinning Project. Ugandan teacher Mr Yowasi Byaruhanga had left the warmth of the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda for the for chilly climes of the Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire. Valiant took the opportunity to find out how Roamer was doing in Africa and donate some more Roamers. Continue reading
Research claiming that imagination and perception share the same neural networks adds support to the idea of “Playing Turtle”. In a report in Scientific American, Jason Goldman’s article on “Thought Control” reports on the latest psychological research. Continue reading
The Big Bang Fair is scheduled for Birmingham NEC between March 13th to 16th 2014. The organisers have listed Roamer ‘Rithmetic as a must see interactive event. The Big Bang attracts 30,000 plus students all eager to engage in hands on interactive, science, maths and technology activities. It will also provide teachers with a great opportunity to see the new Roamer’s many innovative capabilities. Continue reading
CAS (Computers At School) is charged with the task of training English Primary School Teachers to deliver the new Computing Curriculum from September 2014. In recognition of Roamer’s potential to support the new curriculum initiative with exciting examples of the key concepts Valiant have been asked to run free workshops at the 6 Regional Training events. Continue reading
Year 2 children from Laycock Primary School in Islington will demonstrate Roamer as part of the launch of the Computer Strategy developed by the Islington Council’s Children’s Services. Islington is one of several ICT Teams finding Roamer a useful part of the effort to meet England’s new Computer Curriculum.
The launch will take place on Wednesday 8th January at 1:30 pm at the Assembly Halls, Upper Street Islington.
Valiant continue their research programme on the use of Roamer and Educational Robots. Dave Catlin’s paper A Day in the Life of an Educational Robot has been accepted for the RiE 2013 The 4th International Robtics in Education Conference. The Conference will be held at the Lodz University of Technology, Poland 19th to 20th September 2013. Continue reading
Roamer spent four days at the Big Bang Event at London’s ExCel Centre. Over 60,000 Students attended this STEM Interactive Spectacular. Primary and Secondary schools children were challenged to program Roamer to find a route through a matrix of numbers and operators. The school who got the best score on the day went into a draw to win a Roamer. Kate Hudson reports on a great four days and announces the winning schools.
We are not exhibiting at BETT this year. However, both I and Roamer will be there and we will be happy to meet anyone over coffee and doughnuts. To arrange a meeting time please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org