Listening and Comprehension
The Roamer sings the nursery rhyme Incy Wincy Spider – but it has got it mixed up. The students need to teach Roamer how to sing the activity in the right order.
This sort of sequencing activity is a standard in Early Years classrooms where students rearrange pictures representing parts of the rhyme into the correct order. Using Roamer adds feedback. It makes the activity both concrete and interactive. This activity provides students with a kinaesthetic, visual, auditory and spatial experience.
Playing Turtle and Objects to Think With
When Seymour Papert invented Turtle robots he was connecting the idea of memesis to modern technology. This ancient Aristotliean concept of mimicry is at the heart of play. Children project their imagination into the world around them. Things as simple as a piece of wood can become a creature with fantastic powers.
With the conception of the Turtle Papert transformed the piece of wood into a thing that students could bring to life, to make move and turn. In this one act he created a tool that linked their imagination and creativity, their play to the worlds of mathematics and science. It is what psychologists call a transitional object: what Papert called an ‘Object to Think With”.
The idea of playing Turtle, is about leaving behind our egocentric nature and looking at the world from the Roamer’s viewpoint. They can walk through problems and explore ideas using their bodies.
Students need to feel the freedom and confidence to explore the world of ideas. They need to be free of the tryanny of one right answer. Roamer provides an environment where mistakes are a springboard to a solution not a catastrophe; often there is not simply a single answer, but a answer, that perhaps we can improve on in a quest for a better solution.
|At this age typical activities rely less on intuitive and visual solving of problems. Students can use their knowledge to find solutions. Through practical Roamer activities they can develop and master important skills.The Robot Rally Race requires students to perform experiments to determine the robots speed and to engage with various statistical calculations. Involvement and motivation in the activity outcome transfers to the mathematics making the tasks meaningful to the students.|
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Roamer is not Just for Young Children!
The Spacecraft Rescue project has worked with gifted mathematic students and trainee teachers.
|Turtle type robots have always had a special affinity with Special Educational Needs (SEN). Teachers quickly siezed on both the Turtle and Roamer as ideal technologies for SEN. The idea that students needed to interact with robots in more ways than programming was inspired by a Special Needs Project. and lead to the development of the latest Roamer.All the old Turtle and Roamer SEN Projects are still valid. You can expect to see a lot more exciting ideas and in the near future.|
Roamer and Autistic Students at the Mayo Clinic.
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|Afterschool programmes vary in intent from homework and science clubs, to activity clubs designed to look after students until parents finish work. Sometimes they are formal schemes run by companies and sometimes by dedicated members of staff. Normally students arrive at such events, tired of a days schooling and not really wanting more of the same.Roamer projects are diverse and creative enough to provide enjoyable opportunities that involve students of all ablities and interests.|
Sydenham School After School Club
|Frequently, there are times in a school and out of school where you want to do something out of the ordinary. Roamer has an excellent track record at supporting such events. A great characteristic of the robot is that kids love playing with it. Consequently such events have the habit of enthusing everyone involved. Building such events into your school programme can be done in a way that lifts the spirits of students and staff, and creates an energy that spills over into everyday lessons. |
|Roamer has a lot to offer summer camps. Roamer attracts students. This is essential in situations where attendance is not compulsory. And while STEM work is a major attribute of many Roamer Activities and inherent to the nature of the robot, summer camps offer the opportunity to focus on different experiences. Free from constraints of curriculum and test present the opportunity for exploring knowledge in both an holistic and personal way.|
Learning Through Play
Using Roamer is both natural and enjoyable.