Students with Special Needs respond to Interactive Robots

[Programming and robotics do not always lead to real-world applications. Here’s a great project where high school students are learning to program a robot, Nao, to work with an elementary autistic student.]


One New Jersey school district here has a new member of its teaching staff: Nao, an interactive robot that works with students who have autism and those with language impairments.

It has been with Wayne Public Schools about three months, and advanced computer science students at Wayne Hills High School have been busy programming and learning about it.

The robot, which cost about $8,000 and was obtained with federal funds, was created by a company called Alderbran and was initially researched by Wayne’s Pines Lake Elementary School Principal Jose Celis.

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