Two years ago, MonTech purchased two robots that can be controlled over the internet. This year, they are used to keep homebound students connected with their classmates. “So far, we’re hearing that kids love them,” Julie Doerner of MonTECH said. “There are so many things that kids miss out on if they have to rely on other people.”
6-year-old Piper Heinz, born with cystic fibrosis, is one student using a robot to attend class at her Victor Kindergarten. “Socialization and friendship is what kindergarten is really all about,” says Sue Lane, her teacher. “They always get excited – sometimes too excited – when she comes in.”
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