Kentwood High students learn about parenting from robot babies

There’s a popular educational exercise in which teens are required to take care of a robotic baby, as if it’s a real baby. The idea is that by having to take the robotic child everywhere they go, while keeping it from getting hurt, the students will realize how much responsibility is involved in raising an infant. As any parent will tell you, however, there is a lot more to baby-raising than just safely carrying them around.

Kentwood High Magnet School students in Bridgett Landrews parenting class recently received their babies. Students were assigned electronic babies that include both a student and a teacher key. The robotic infant weighs about the same as a real infant of its size, and contains various sensors and other electronics. Students were also given car seats to transport their infants safely to and from school.

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