For years she was homebound due to health problems, but now a home bound student attends school via robot, and is part of the hustle and bustle of eighth grade.
Jasmine Fatmi now has the opportunity to connect with other students, work together, and take tests. However, she does not leave her home. She weighs just 52 pounds, and has a number of health problems, including Crohn’s disease, and developmental disabilities which have kept her from physically attending school since fourth grade. However, at Sebasticook Valley Middle School in Maine, a remotely operated robot makes her part of the actual life at the school.
Last year, a student at Nokomis Regional High School received a gederal special services grant to purchase a double Robotics robot for his senior year service project. Jacob McEwen obtained the grant so that Fatmi can operate the robot from her home or from the hospital. Fatmi had previously been taught by in home tutors.
The robot is named Sully. She wears t shirts and jewelry, and has a mirror for getting dressed at school as well as her own charging station. Red tape runs down the hallways, enabling Sully to navigate the hallways on wheels, with occasional help from students. The robot is a pole on wheels with an iPad on top. Fatmi can raise her hand in class by extending the pole.