Robot assists with learning at a Grand Rapids charter school

Posted at 9:46 AM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 09:46:14-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Students at Grand Rapids Nexus Academy are learning in a new way and with the assistance of a robot named Roberto.

The school relies heavily on technology in a method of teaching called blended learning. It combines traditional classes in math, English, and physical education with virtual classes -- and Roberto.

The robot is used remotely by teachers who can be hundreds of miles away. Principal Dan McMinn says Nexus Academy uses teachers as far away as Texas and California.

Students attend traditional classes 16 hours a week, and the learning goes virtual for another 16 hours a week.

While classes begin next week, there are still slots available.

(This story was reported by Erica Francis.)