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Robots are helping children go to school

A robot is helping a seven-year-old boy go to school.

Sam is currently battling leukaemia which means he has to stay home from school because his immune system is weak, and so he has enlisted the help of the AV1 robot - whom he has affectionately named Mini Sam - to act as his eyes, ears, voice, and hands in the classroom.

The robot sits on his table at school and comes with a microphone, speakers, and a camera so Sam can watch his teacher give lessons through a tablet, as well as listen and answer questions as though he were in the room.

What's more, when Sam knows the answer to a question, the robot's head lights up to let the teacher know he's putting his hand up to answer, just like the other children in the classroom.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Sam's mum Jude said: "Perhaps most importantly for Sam, it's knowing what's going on during school without getting any germs. And just not feeling left out. Feeling like he is still part of the class and that people haven't forgotten him."

The AV1 robot Sam has is one of 90 robots to be used in classrooms over the next two years, as part of a new government funded initiative which aims to help children with long-term illnesses participate in school lessons from home.

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