February 10, 2019 Jillian Krasusky

How Robots are Changing Student Attendance at School

Robotics has slowly moved through many fields of study and areas of life including space discovery, medical procedures, and prosthetics so it was only a matter of time before it made its way to education.

“When applied to education, robotics…can change the way students learn and ultimately create a more knowledgeable and well-adjusted student.”

The Use of Robotics and Simulators in the Education Environment by Purdue University

Robotics expands the limitations of education making what was once impossible, possible.

Robotics has enabled students who would beforehand be stuck at home, attend class. Take Devon Carrow for example. He is a second grader with severe allergies that make it impossible for him to go to school. But, that does not mean he can’t “attend” class with fellow classmates. Devon has a telepresence robot that can “…travel the halls, sit at a desk and even go outside at recess time. While he is doing all of this through the robot, Devon is safe at home 5 miles away,” states Conor Flynn from technabob.com. The robot allows Devon to have a normal education and enables him to easily interact with other students and teachers even if he is at home. This is much better than the alternative, having to be homeschooled and not possessing the ability to have a real classroom experience.

One program that provides robots for homebound students is known as Double Robot. It provides students with the ability to attend school virtually and not get behind on school work. Those who are homebound do not get the chance to experience daily interactions with their peers and suffer because of it. With robotics, this is no longer an issue. “…it is a powerful option that can be useful for those who can maintain a regular virtual attendance. The Double Robot allows students the autonomy to move around and participate in group work, turn to see the board, or zoom in on presentations,” states FCPS (Fairfield County Public Schools).

These robots are changing lives. Daniel, a sixth grader with cancer, was too ill to attend class and his parents were unable to pay for daycare. As a result, Daniel fell behind in his studies and became depressed from having to stay at home alone for days on end. “When he started to attend school from home via robot, he thrived. He caught up in school, passed sixth grade, enjoyed “hanging out” with his classmates and started to feel much more optimistic about life,” writes The Conversation in the article How Robots could Help Chronically Ill Students Attend Schools.

It is clear that robotics have a major impact when applied to education. It enables students to have a regular school experience which they would otherwise not have. It improves their happiness and grades and allows them to communicate with peers and teachers effortlessly. Robotics is revolutionary, and when it comes to education, robotics will have a huge effect on it in the future.

Sources:

http://theconversation.com/how-robots-could-help-chronically-ill-kids-attend-school-69197

https://technabob.com/blog/2012/09/25/allergic-boy-telepresence-robot/

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/university_of_california_irvine_law_student_used_robot_to_remotely_attend https://online.purdue.edu/ldt/learning-design-technology/resources/robotics-simulators-education-environment


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