Robot goes to school for sick student

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Added On November 8, 2016

A Wisconsin fourth grader is in a tough situation.

He's prone to getting sick, which means he has to miss a lot of school days...
But of course...he also doesn't want to fall behind.
Let’s have a look at the high-tech solution his family came up with to solve this problem.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): GINA FISCHER, Teacher
"So Grady do you want to wheel forward for our morning meeting?"
 
Class is just getting started at lake country school in Hartland.
 
SOUNDBITE(English):GRADY LOPER, Student
"Is it the test 2?"
 
And Grady Loper is in two places at once.
 
SOUNDBITE(English):MARK LICHTE, District Administrator
"I'm used to it now but the first couple of times I'm going 'wow that's pretty unique'"
 
The fourth grader is at home in Nashotah battling a rare condition that severely weakens his immune system.
 
SOUNDBITE(English):GRADY LOPER, Student 
"Just one cough can spread all around the classroom and if I catch that cough, I'm sick."
 
But thanks to this "robot on wheels"…
 
SOUNDBITE(English): GINA FISCHER, Teacher
"He can navigate all around the classroom."
 
Grady can avoid germs at school and still be present for the day's lesson.
 
SOUNDBITE(English):TAMI MAREK-LOPER, Grady's Mom
"A lot of times by this point in the school year he's already missed weeks of school."
 
Grady's mom Tami says being in a confined space like a classroom could mean another hospital stay for Grady.
 
SOUNDBITE(English):MARK LICHTE, District Administrator
"The Lopers approached me early in the school year and said we need to do something for Grady this year."
 
District administrator Mark Lichte says the Lopers brought up the idea and eventually purchased the robot themselves.
 
SOUNDBITE(English):MARK LICHTE, District Administrator
"I think number one: keeping him healthier and number 2: he's not missing out on the instruction."
 
Grady prefers to be in the classroom, but when he's feeling under the weather, his robot on wheels is the next best thing.