Schools have faced many setbacks throughout the pandemic including closures and lack of students and staff due to having to self-isolate. All these issues have a serious impact on schools financially and logistically.
NESA Robotics visited Cobham Free School to demonstrate how a telepresence robot can be used to help solve these issues.
The GoBe is a telepresence robot, which allows users to stay connected with others in the workplace, hospitals and now schools.
The GoBe Robot is fully autonomous with built-in LIDAR and 3D cameras that detect obstacles whilst taking you wherever you want to go, so you can interact with others in a more human way. Instead of just being on a fixed screen during calls and conferences you can move around using the GoBe interface, and be in the office or classroom as if you were there in person.
This would allow teachers at home self-isolating to continue teaching without the need for the school to pay for substitutes or taking other teachers away. It can also be used for meetings between parents and teachers, without the need for the parents to come to the school.
Staff and pupils went up and down corridors, interacting with other staff members and pupils – even engaging in some magic tricks!
Michaela Khatib, the Executive Head at Cobham Free School stated “The GoBe robot is an amazing tool for connecting teachers working off-site with their classes and for keeping students engaged in their learning. Our pupils have found the experience very exciting and the GoBe robot has become a great talking point. We have been delighted to trial this innovation and to be able to use this novel technology to improve our provision”
Howard Morris, Chair of Governors stated: “CFS is a forward-thinking school and has greatly valued the opportunity to test-drive the GoBe robot this week. We can envisage so many possibilities for using this new technology within our school for maintaining a consistent approach to lesson delivery, even when teachers are working remotely. The GoBe robot enables teachers to interact with students wherever they are in the classroom, and this is far more effective than giving presentations on static screens. Thank you to Heath Williams and his team for enabling us to have a glimpse of the future.”
Heath Williams, CEO, NESA Robotics stated: “I am thrilled by the school’s leadership team introducing innovative initiatives into the school environment. The GoBe robot not only ensures the safety of the children and staff but also provides continuity of the highest teaching standards. It has been a pleasure working with Cobham Free School.”