Published on: 31-May-2016
Robots in pre-schools ‘make lessons interactive, fun’
SINGAPORE — When Pepper the robot was first rolled into a classroom at My First Skool at Jurong Point, the six-year-old children were agog with curiosity. “They asked Pepper a lot of questions like: ‘Where did you come from, where is your family, how will you grow, what’s your favourite colour, how do you sleep?’ … One even asked if he had come all alone from Japan. They treated him like a human, rather than just a robot,” said teacher Archana Mandar Godge, 35.
The children were provided with books and videos to get them used to the idea of the robot being the "teacher's assistant", rather than just a tool to play with. Now, they look forward to lessons conducted with Pepper, which can tell interactive stories, play memory games, and even perform songs and dances. Robots like Pepper could become a more common sight in classrooms, should a pilot by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) prove successful.
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