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 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 also works on research projects at King's College London including a Micro:bit project and a Secondary pedagogy project. 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.

Relevant Key Stages: KS2

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

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