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In Seine-Maritime, robots to assist sick or struggling students



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In Seine-Maritime, schools are testing state-of-the-art robots from the Lyon-based company Awabot. These machines are able to assist students who are sick or unable to attend class. #TheyHaveTheSolution

So far and yet so close. In several schools in Seine-Maritime, students who are sick or unable to be physically present in class are assisted by latest generation robots, from the robotics company awabot.

Remotely controlled, these machines, called beam and Beam Pro, allow children to speak directly from home to their interlocutors, to interact with other students and to intervene when the teacher asks a question. An educational tool used above all to maintain social ties. Currently, four robots have been allocated to colleges, primary schools and public hospitals in the department.

In the context of the health crisis, the use of teleworking tools has proven to be essential for the proper functioning of schools. For to support the company awabot in its development and in anticipation of the deployment robots zat the national level, in December 2021 the Ministry of Education unveiled its program in partnership with the company: TED-i (Working Together at a Distance and in Interaction).

This innovative project is intended for educational establishments from primary to university and for hospital services that welcome children and adolescents for long stays.. At first, these are 1750 Beam telepresence robots which will be deployed in academies and universities in mainland France and overseas. In total, the Ministry of Education hopes to acquire 4000 of these educational assistants.

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