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
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
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
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
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!
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
Peer Assessment and Roamer are Natural Partners
Valiant continue its pioneering research into the use of educational robotics. Following his work on the use of Assessment for Learning Methodologies the organisers of PRASAE 2014 invited Dave Catlin to submit a paper on the use of Roamer and peer assessment. The paper has been accepted following the normal vetting process and Dave will present the paper at the Peer-Review, Peer-Assessment, and Self-Assessment in Education, 1st International Workshop to be held in Tallinn, Estonia between the 14th and 17th August 2014. The paper entitled Using Peer Assessment with Educational Robots, is drawn from the 30 year history of practical classroom projects with the Valiant Turtle, Classic Roamer and the new robot.
Roamer Engages Computational Thinking
TRTWR (Teaching Robotics Teaching with Robots) and RiE (Robots in Education) have combined into one conference this year. Following peer review the conference has accepted a paper by Dave Catlin and Dr. John Woollard from the Southampton Education School, University of Southampton which explores the synergies between Computational Thinking and Educational Robotics. Dave Catlin will present the paper TRTWR and RiE 2014 at the conference in Padua, Italy, July 18th.
Roamer to run at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The dream race Roamer versus Usain Bolt!
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
Weekend 26th to 28th July.