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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.

Relevant Key Stages: KS2

Session resource(s)

Nick Cook's biography

Nick is a senior 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 (

Jane Waite's biography

Jane works for Queen Mary University of London providing teacher support and teacher training. She is also doing a PhD at Queen Mary University of London researching the use of design in primary programming. She has worked on research projects at King's College London with Sue Sentance on PRIMM research and on an early review of the use of the Micro:bit. Jane writes for cs4fn, Cambridge International and previously worked on the Barefoot Project, you can blame her for Aligator Algorithm. Before that, she worked as a primary teacher for 10 years and before that as a developer in industry for 20 years.

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