Give Peace a Chance
Well we have robot attack droids why not robots for peace. Over the 30 year history of Valiant’s Turtle type robots there have been many instances where Roamer has dealt with volatile students. How does Roamer do it? There are deep psychological theories, anthropological evidence, ideas of culture and semiotics – even Aristotle’s theory of mimesis working away in the background. At a more mundane level Roamer engages students in what the Principles of Educational Robotic Applications (ERA) call Sustainable Learning (aka Lifelong Learning Skills). In the UK this appears in curriculum as PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education) and Citizenship. These skills are what you are left with, a decade after school, when you forgotten what a binomial theorem was, and never knew why you learnt it in the first place. Roamer can help you learn things like the binomial theorem in a more memorable way, and it does that in a way that develops your PSHE. In doing this it touches aims and objectives of the EU’s Pledge to Peace. This posting presents the videos relevant to this ongoing project.
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.