Roamer is a friendly programmable robot that introduces children to computer programming in a very concrete way. Roamer has its own programming panel on its back allowing children to program it to move around the floor and explore space and shape. By adding a pen Roamer can draw its trail. Roamer can provide challenging activities for children from 3 to 18. Most of all it's fun!
The button needs to be pressed twice to clear Roamer's memory. This is to avoid cancelling programs by mistake. You will hear two differen tones for each press.
if Roamer's memory still doesn't cancel - problem with Roamer
Degrees are too complicated for my young children. What should I do?
Change the unit . Roamer's default unit of turn is degrees but this can be changed to any any amount.
Press [ new number of degrees required ]
eg: [ 90 ]
The new unit will now be 90 degrees therefore 1 will turn Roamer through 90 degrees.
If you are setting the new unit for the class we suggest that you put some sticky tape over the on-off button to stop them switching Roamer off
90% of the time this is a battery problem. How to test:
Switch the Roamer on and press . Note which way the Roamer is turning. Turn Roamer upside down and undo battery compartment (coin twist to release push to close). Swap the batteries round - right to left and left to right. Switch Roamer on and press . Now which way is Roamer turning?
If it is turning in the opposite direction it is a problem with the batteries (one battery is supplying more power to a wheel than the other) . Simply replacing the batteries should solve this problem.
If it continues to turn in the same way it is likely to be a problem with Roamer. Have they been running it on a carpet? Fluff in the gear box. Outside - grit.
Is it possible to keep the Roamer programs once you have switched Roamer off?
Yes, there is a computer interface available that allows you to download the Roamer programs onto floppy disk for storage. You can also view the programs on screen and print them out. However you cannot edit them on the computer. To do that you need to buy the RoamerWorld software
If you hold down any button Roamer will stop at the end of the instruction it is carrying out, without cancelling the program. Obviously if you have put in 99 you will have to wait a long time for it to stop. It may be better to switch
it off at the front and start again (remembering to when you turn it back