TCPS Receives Grant to Purchase “Double” Robots from State Dept. of Education
When middle and high school students battle serious health conditions, the difficulties they face are often compounded by the fact that they are absent from school for extended periods of time. Talbot County Public Schools will now be able to ease their burden thanks to a $15,000 grant they received from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
Through the MSDE grant, the school system has purchased four “Double” robots.
The “Double” gives a student a physical presence at school when he or she is unable to attend in person. The robot attends class and allows the student to connect remotely from home or the hospital. Students are able to interact with their teachers and classmates and ask questions through the robot’s camera and audio. The robots are assigned a student volunteer to guide them from classroom to classroom throughout the day.
“This grant allows us to maximize our use of technology to better serve our students who need home/hospital instruction,” explained Darlene Spurrier, Supervisor of Student Services. A demonstration of the “Double” was provided to the Board of Education at their May 16 meeting.