Robot helps keep sick student in the classroom
PHILADELPHIA, Penn. (WHDH) -- Technology is helping to keep a sick Florida student connected to the classroom.
The 7th grader is busy undergoing cancer treatment in Philadelphia, but thanks to a robot the middle-schooler is able to keep up with his studies and his classmates.
Kyle Weintraub, a 12-year-old from Davie, Fla., is receiving treatment for cancer at the children's hospital of Philadelphia.
Kyle was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma back in May.
Through the help of this robot known as Vgo he is still able to see his friends and attend classes at the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Davie.
The robot has a camera and a computer monitor.
“Kyle can be in class even though he’s not here. He moves around like any other student would. He runs through the halls, well, I guess he rolls through the halls and can interact,” Jeff Shapiro, principal at Kyle’s school, said.
The teachers can see Kyle and the robot is equipped with a camera so Kyle can be fully involved. He can be in the classroom without actually being there
The robot costs between six to 8 thousand dollars. The school Kyle’s family and even a sixth grader helped with the funding.
“Vgo is a great invention. It’s really great for Kyle. It’s a robot that runs wireless, through our wireless network and Kyle is actually in class even though he’s not here,” Shapiro said.
Kyle through the help of Vgo can move around the school and he is hoping that one day he can return. in the meantime classmates say it is wonderful to see Kyle every day.
“It’s good to have because we can see him, we can talk to him. It’s pretty cool,” Kyle’s classmate Ben Berkson said.