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The Robots Helping Sick Children Go To School

Thursday 6 February 2020


From UK news outlet SomersetLive:


Robot in the classroom
A buddy takes the robot into the
classroom for the sick child.
(Image: Somerset County Council)

The robots helping sick children go to school

Dozens of Somerset schools are using the robots

By Elise Britten
4 February 2020
© 2020 Local World.

Dozens of schools and colleges across Somerset are using robots to help sick children continue to experience classroom learning.

Since the scheme was launched by Somerset County Council last month, 25 schools and colleges have requested one of the AV1 robots.

The council says it is the biggest local authority initiative of its kind in the country.

The devices support children who can’t be in school, whether it’s because they are sick or overcoming physical or mental health challenges.

They take the place of the child in the classroom, letting them see, hear and contribute to lessons while they are at home or in a hospital bed.

The county council has invested £145,000 in 50 robots, with schools and colleges able to request them for use alongside or instead of traditional home tutor support.

The robots are already supporting children who are unable to be in school due to illnesses including leukaemia, heart conditions, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis and anxiety. The 25 children are across all key stages and range in age from 4 to 18.


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