Robot goes to school – level 3

20-01-2022 15:00

7-year-old German student Joshua Martinangeli is too ill to attend classes; however, he can still interact with his teacher and classmates through an avatar robot that sits in class in his place.

Joshua cannot attend classes because he wears a tube in his neck due to a severe lung disease; however, his classmates can talk to him, laugh with him, and sometimes even chit chat or talk informally with him during a lesson. Joshua can get attention from the class by sending a white blinking signal to the robot’s head.

A local council in a Berlin’s district paid for the avatar project, and then robot came from Norway’s company No Isolation. For various reasons, sometimes a child cannot go to class in person, and the avatar gives that child a chance to be part of the school community.

Difficult words: avatar (a thing or object that represents a person), signal (a thing which shows that something is happening), isolation (when someone is alone or away from other people).

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