Primary robotics with the CrumbleBot

Nick Cook, Newcastle University, and Jane Waite, CAS London


In this session we will use the CrumbleBot (a robot based on the Crumble controller) to explore sequencing, patterns, repetition and abstraction. We will also have fun following lines, flashing lights and escaping the dark! CrumbleBots are inexpensive yet feature rich robots that allow primary pupils to relate computing to the real world in an engaging way.

Nick Cook's biography

Nick is a lecturer in Computing Science at Newcastle University teaching operating systems and systems programming to Stage 2 undergraduates. He is responsible for CS outreach and widening participation. He has been an active member of CAS since 2010 and leads CAS North East (, the Computing At School regional centre for the North East of England.

Jane Waite's biography

Jane works for CAS London to support primary and secondary Master Teachers, hub leads, lead schools, teachers and other educational groups working in London. She is also undertaking a PhD in computing and education at Queen Mary University of London. Jane previously worked on the Barefoot Project authoring resources on computational thinking and worked in the primary sector for about 10 years. Before that she worked in tech for 20 years. Jane is committed to using tech effecively and enabling pupils to gain real tech confidence and enthusiam.

Relevant Key Stages: KS2

Room: BSTC Side - PC cluster, ground floor Barbara Strang Teaching Centre

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