Following on from the success of our first set of meetings with the Lacey A Collier Sensory Complex I was delighted to be invited back along with to present our room designs.
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- Mike with the the staff of the Lacey A Collier Sensory Complex
Our remit was as follows; To improve the sensory rooms without changing their much loved core themes and values, after many team consultations we feel we achieved the perfect balance.
We are confident that these new designs will leave them inspired, excited and will have the maximum benefit for the children who use them. I am delighted to say that the management and staff at the centre were impressed with our designs and are now looking to move forward with us.
This is going to involve several more trips to Pensacola and we will of course keep the blog updated.
Lacey A Collier Sensory Complex
Recently I was invited to meet the staff of Westgate School in Pensacola, Florida, who are looking to refurbish their four amazing themed sensory rooms. Completed in the autumn of 2005, the Lacey A. Collier Sensory Complex was created in order to provide a higher quality of education to their diverse population of students. Centrally located on the school’s campus, this facility is composed of an atrium, four large themed multi sensory rooms, a sensory corridor and a sensory garden.
I spent a week there meeting Judge Collier and the staff, demonstrating our innovative new product Sensory Magic and surveying the four rooms in order to start the process of the revamp. This represents a large commitment from the school and further cements the Rompa and Westgate relationship.Our talented design team have started work on the designs that will allow the school to benefit from state of the art technology that will mean that whilst maintaining the current themes of the rooms we will now make them a truly interactive and immersive experience.
On a personal note it was an immensely enjoyable experience to meet the dedicated staff of the school, to have the opportunity of working in a different country and of course to enjoy the Florida sunshine and hospitality.
George Carmel opens the Rompa Sensory Room
Those with an attentive disposition will have realised that Rompa Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of Flaghouse Inc, based in New Jersey, USA. Although the two are separate companies; we do all we can to make sure that we learn and share information with one another in order to help our customers.
As part of our efforts to work more closely together, we had a VIP visit Rompa HQ to see what the UK team has been up to. George Carmel arrived to strengthen the bonds between the two companies.
During his time here, we managed to get through all sorts, ranging from better purchasing (better prices for you) to new product development (better products as well). Good news all round then… George was also kind enough to officially open our brand new sensory room, based in our office, showing the latest interactive technologies using Sensory Magic as the hub of the environment www.sensory-magic.com.
The room was designed and created for our staff to enjoy an immersive and calming environment, where creativity and teamwork could prosper and blossom. As well as allowing our customers to come in and see how Rompa’s sensory rooms really do stand out from the crowd…
If you would like to visit us and see a demonstration of the room and equipment, please contact us on 0845 230 1177 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All in all a very worthwhile and successful trip.
Integrated Systems Europe Exhibition Amsterdam
Rompa visited the integrated systems Europe exhibition in Amsterdam to find new and exciting technologies. Companies large and small attended ISE 2013 to show off their new ideas and to share plans over the coming year.
“WOW, I have never seen so many exciting displays in my life! No, I’m not talking about the red light district… technology has changed so much since ISE 2012! Amazing technology that would once cost the earth is now readily available for us to tap into. We have so many ideas for new products it will keep us busy for the next decade!”
“I was particularly interested in new forms of interaction and improving quality of imaging, audio and user friendliness. In this I found a company which have developed a transparent touch screen TV, this product is innovative in the way it has been developed and is also a wonderful product for room screening and a high level of supervision during interaction.”
We at Rompa want to provide products and rooms with the most up to date tech, and ISE 2013 was a great opportunity to for us to further our product development research. ISE 2013 showed technologies coming into the main stream and corporate markets, and with this we are able to take inspiration and further improve technology within the special needs market.
“Now I am back I will set to work in creating products which are interactive in new ways, that provide greater sensory involvement and which will suite the modern working sensory environment.”
P.S “Travelling on a ferry in 110mph winds is best avoided.”
I have just come back from the bi annual Scandinavian Snoezelen conference in Asker Norway. Rompa were asked to attend the event by our Norwegian partners Klubben. The conference was a great success with nearly 200 attendees most whom came to our stand. We enjoyed lectures from as far a field as Beit Issie Shapiro based in Israel who talked about the positive impact that a Snoezelen environment can have for special needs children in a dentist. There was a lot of excitement around the imminent release of Sensory Magic with several people asking if Rompa could go back to both Norway and Sweden to demonstrate this truly interactive solution.
On a personnel note it was an interesting trip for me having never been to Norway before. I was impressed by the enthusiasm for the Snoezelen environment, future technologies and their incredible grasp of the English language. English truly is the second language and from the bus driver, to the hotel staff and the clients I met they were all happy and comfortable speaking our language.
The trip was not without its eventful moments though; I caught the Torp express from the airport to Asker. I was informed that this would drop me at the train station in Asker where I would meet our friends from Klubben. This did not prove to be the case as the bus dropped me on the outskirts of town. I was informed that this was as far as the bus went into Asker and I was to make the rest of my way on foot! So off I went with bag in tow through an underpass and unbelievably into the woods not speaking a word of the language or able to read the signs. Luckily it turned out to be a short walk into town and I soon found the train station.
There was also the moment when over dinner when through tears of laughter I was informed what Rompa meant Norwegian. It explains why the customs official gave my work emblazoned top such a funny look. I shall leave you to figure out the translation…