Good value but…
Even if you use Roamer occasionally, the benefits versus cost represent exceptional value. Because of its modular nature you can spread your investment over a several years. Yet, despite this, funding can be an issue.
The innovative nature of Roamer and its potential to transform the educational experience of students makes Roamer projects ideal applicants for funding from a host of grants.
Some of these grants can provide direct funding for equipment, others will fund educationally valuable projects. If you have an idea, or if you need an exciting idea (we have plenty), we can help you write a successful grant application. Please contact us by email, telephone or Live Chat.
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IoP and IoE School Grants
This Institute of Physics and the Institute of Engineering scheme provides schools with grants of up to £500 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering.
Basic Skills and Rasing Standards
Community Education Projects
ListOut of School Projects
Royal Society Partnership Grant
This scheme helps schools to run exciting and innovative projects in partnership with a professional scientist or engineer.
Do you have a great idea for bringing science to life in schools?
The Partnership Grants scheme provides grants of up to £3,000 for science projects run at a primary or secondary school or college in partnership with a professional scientist or engineer.
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Behaviour to Roamer is like software to a computer. It controls what you can do with the robot. Some activities use Standard Behaviours, others require special Behaviours which you download.
You can create behaviours as part of activities you invent and if necessary you can create different keypad designs. You can also modify existing behaviours by adding special functionality to User Keys.
You can change the behaviour and the graphic for a keypad to make your Roamer suitable for different activities.
Roamer Pioneers Speaking Educational Robots
Roamer was the first educational robot to use speech. Our research continues into the educational application of robotic speech.
Activity Talk : Roamer can ask questions, give answers, set challenges, provide relevant information, respond to students’ actions, … We are only beginning to explore the possibilities.
Help Talk : Roamer explains how to program something when you make a mistake.
System Talk : Roamer tells you useful things like when it’s feeling tired and you need to recharge the batteries.
Sound Effects : Integrated to the speech system are a whole range of sound effects. If you make your Roamer into a dog you can make it bark, growl or whimper.
The Future… Students will soon be able to write dialogue for their Roamer to speak.
Managing Roamer Speech
You can use the Speech Module, free RoamerWorld Software, to manage what messages and prompts Roamer plays.
The standard Roamer voice is an American female (‘Heather’). For a small fee you can personalise each of your Roamers. Making them unique makes them more attractive to the students.
English options: American, Australian, British – male and female voices. English as spoken by Arab or Indian native speakers.
Other languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese. Male, female and different options depending on the language are available.
Emotional variations: For some languages and voice options you can have a variety of emotions. Happy, sad, sinister…
Technological change is fast and furious. Whatever you can purchase today is obsolete – the company who sold it are already working on the next version. There are two issues here:
Roamer has far more potential than we can show here. There are extensive plans to develop the technology of the system. However, this has to be led by education and not technology. We plan to add modules that will increase the educational power of Roamer, but only after we have made sure they work in classrooms.