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Robotic Performing Arts

An Artistic Approach to STEM

As far back as 1989 Valiant pioneered an activity based on children creating a movies using Roamers as the characters.  The result was Coodie’s Circus.  The task involved students writing scripts, creating backdrops and Roamer characters.  They programmed the Roamers to act the parts and provided voice overs.  But in those days the video production – filming, editing etc. – was left to Valiant.  Now of course not only do schools have video cameras, kids have mobile phones with video capability, but most video editing software is commonplace inexpensive or free.  The Robotic Performing Arts project aims to engage students in STEM related activities through making robot movies.  This project reports on these early pilot efforts.

Coodies’ Circus

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Robotic Performing Arts Prequel

This as an historical record.  Produced in Southmead Primary School, Wimbledon South London in 1989 by 11 year old students, using the Classic Roamer.  It’s been reproduced so many times the quality is not great.  Nevertheless, it illustrates the possibilities.

 

Sydenham School Robotic Performing Arts Proof of Concept

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The Right Choices

An after school STEM Club the project using prototype Roamers.  Aged between 12 and 13 the girls are venturing out without the ever present parental guardianship. The aim was to get them to think about potentially dangerous situations and how to deal with them.

 

Stretham and Clapham High School – Pilot Activity

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When Robo Met Cassy

A story of true love and the need for energy.  This was part of a 12 session  Design Technology Lesson using Production Prototype Roamers.

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What the Girls Did

Girls from Streatham and Clapham High School talk about their involvement in the RPA Project.  There were several other projects being developed, but were not finished because of logistic issues.

 

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What the Girls Learnt

Girls from Streatham and Clapham High School talk about their involvement in the Robotics Performing Arts Project.

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What the Teachers Thought

Design Technology teachers, Tom Heaton and Bridget Elton talk about the Robotic Performing Arts Project project at Streatham and Clapham High School.

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What the Girls Learnt

Girls from Streatham and Clapham High School talk about their involvement in the Robotics Performing Arts Project.

Maple Cross School

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 Star Wars

The Students at Maple Cross in Hertfordshire, live close to the movies studios who made all the Star Wars movies.  So they decided on writing scenes from the films.  Except one group who decided to write a scene from the BBC’soap opera – Eastenders.

 

Project Full STEAM Ahead

Project Full STEAM Ahead is part of an Arts Integration programme in Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland, USA. It is the first attempt at Robotic Performing Arts in the USA.

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Oxon Hill Peace Pledge

Oxon Hill Middle School took on the Robotic Performing Arts task under the guidance of STEM Teacher Kenneth Williams. The students choose to make a video explaining the school Peace Pledge.

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