Can Robots Inspire New Learning In Kids? - Page 2
The illustration above is drawn by one of the children participating in the study. Many portrayed their robots as role models, humanoid peers, beings they aspired to be like. They are loved and soon the lines of technology and humanness are blurred.
“My teacher treated my robot just like she was a real human student. My friends treated my robot like a human, too. She is friendly and funny and she fits in with all of us. No one would ever know that she is a robot except that she is made of metal and does not have skin. She is really smart and everyone likes to talk to her. She has a funny voice, but we do not tease her.”
—Girl, 8, United States
What does this mean in terms of education and creativity?
This can be answered in their tagline,"With robots as friends, learning is play and play is learning. Playing is what every child wants to spend their time doing; and when playing is fun, the child will want to interact and engage with the robotics all the while learning, overcoming life hurdles, and gaining cognitive intelligence.
Our future is our children, and technology is our future; it only makes sense to put the one in the hands of the other.