Rommy is an on screen simulation of a programmable floor toy. It is useful for teaching Position and Movement in primary mathematics and as a way to introduce young children to control technology.
There are several different games in the application:
• Simple Rommy: Children or teachers can quickly design a simple maze by clicking on square tiles. Children can then 'write' a series of simple instructions (Forward 3, Right, Forward 2, Left), to guide the Robot through the maze. The instructions can be typed or made by clicking buttons.
• Rommy Robot: Like the 'Simple Rommy' game, however the robot will respond to instructions to turn through a number of degrees eg: Right 180 or Left 270. This is still a grid game so Rommy is limited to turning through multiples of 90 degrees.
• Rommy Turtle: Children can use Rommy like simple turtle to draw on screen using logo type commands. Rommy can turn in 1 degree turns in this game.
• Free Rommy: In this game you can design more complex mazes which are not based on grids. Children can use simple paint tools to design the maze. Rommy has to go through the maze without touching the black areas. Rommy can turn in 1 degree turns in this game.
• Simple creation of mazes by clicking grid.
• Instructions for robot can be written by typing or by using buttons.
• Print Mazes for off computer preparation.
• Create own procedures (Commands) for the Turtle Robot.
• A Colour Apple Macintosh, Power Mac or Powerbook with a 68020 or later processor
• System 7 or later
• 2mb of free Ram (more for a Power Mac) and a 2 mb of Hard Disk space
• Rommy Robot will run best with at least 3050k of