MEDi Looks Like A Toy The little blue and white robot looks like a toy. He is about the size of a small dog. Kids love him. A doctor who works with MEDi says he has many jobs. The robot is a buddy and a teacher. MEDi speaks English and Spanish. He has helped kids from 2 to 14 years old. MEDi tells kids to take a deep breath when they are scared. He also helps with needles and casts. Most of all, MEDi is a friend. Tommy Boegler is 4 years old. He is very sick. Tommy has made friends with MEDi. When Tommy needs his blood taken, MEDi is there. The robot makes him think of other things. Once, MEDi asked for help getting something out of his eye. Then he said, “You’ll never guess what color my blood is. The same color as my toes.” MEDi can also sing, dance, tell a story, or play a game. \Beth-Ann Boegler is Tommy's mother. She asked Tommy if MEDi would know Tommy. The boy was sure he would, and he was right. MEDi can remember faces, and knows each child's name. The robot said hello to Tommy. Then, he gave the boy a high-five and danced, playing his own happy song. Tommy danced too. Tommy was in the hospital for 100 days. MEDi helped Tommy to not be scared. Ms. Boegler says that Tommy is doing well now. Tommy's doctor says that MEDi helps doctors too. It is easier when kids are not scared. Tommy's doctor has even danced with MEDi. He says MEDi is a good dancer. Source
Brooklyn Brown has thousands of crayons. There are fat crayons and skinny crayons. Some of
them are glittery. Some of them are smelly. Some others twist. Brooklyn is 5 years old. She goes to kindergarten. Brooklyn lives in Michigan.
Her crayons are not to keep. Brooklyn plans to give them away to sick kids. So far, there are 2,639
packs. She will bring them to children's hospitals on January 21. That is Martin Luther King Jr.
Day. The day remembers King. He was a great leader. He fought for equal treatment of all people.
Many honour him by doing things for others that day. Brooklyn said that many kids are sick. She wanted to help them. She knows it is boring to be in the
hospital. She is sick herself. She has a disease called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. The disease affects
children. It makes their joints swell up and hurt. They become stiff. This can make it hard to move
around. As many as 50,000 children in America have the disease. The crayon drive started as a school project. Her
school asked students to think of ways to help people.
She knew just what to do. Give kids crayons.
Rychee Brown is Brooklyn's mother. Hospitals have
coloring pages and paper for children, Mrs. Brown
said. There are not enough crayons. Buying new
crayons for everyone is expensive.
Brooklyn's project will make many kids happy.
The family started a wish list online. Anyone can help. Arthritis Can Make It Hard To Walk
Brooklyn takes medicine for her arthritis. She eats special foods to help. She also swims, dances
and does gymnastics.
Her arthritis is sometimes better. Sometimes, it is worse. When it gets bad, it is hard to walk or
climb the stairs.
Then, Brooklyn scoots on the floor like a bug, she said. Sometimes, she needs a wheelchair to get
Brooklyn's favorite color is blue. She likes cats, butterflies and turtles.
Brooklyn is sick, but there is good news. She is doing well, her father said. She may not be sick
Jilly DeStephano is 12 years old. She is a sixth-grader in Pennsylvania, USA. Jilly is like any other
student at her school. She loves to talk with her friends before class.
One school day, Jilly was talking to her friend Melanie. "Jilly, I like your hair," Melanie said. Their
teacher walked by. Her name is Melissa Fanelli. Ms. Fanelli had emailed some homework to Jilly.
She asked Jilly if it had arrived.
"Got it," said Jilly. Robot Student
Jilly was not really in the classroom that day. She was at home. How was she chatting with her
teacher and classmate? They were talking to her on an iPad.
The iPad is part of a robot. The screen sits at the top. The middle is a skinny pole. There are wheels
at the bottom. Jilly uses video chat to show up on the screen. She controls the robot with a computer. Jilly can say where the robot goes. Jilly has an illness. Her body does not make enough
energy. Bodies use energy to do work. You need
energy to run, jump and play. Jilly does not have a lot
of energy. So she is too tired to go to school most days.
A teacher used to give her lessons at home. Last year, school leaders had an idea. They asked if
Jilly wanted to try the robot, instead. She did! Jilly
and her family loved the idea.
Ashley DeStephano is Jilly's mother. Jilly loves school, her mom said. She did not like being taught
alone at home. It made her sad. She always felt left out, Ms. DeStephano explained. The robot has
helped with that. It lets Jilly be part of the classroom. She can take quizzes. She can have fun with
friends. She can even go on field trips. Jilly is not the only student who uses a helper robot. There are about 1,000 helper robots in U.S.
schools today. Paul Sanfrancesco works at a different school district in Pennsylvania. Two kids in that district use
robots. They are also too sick to go to school. Mr. Sanfrancesco said that other students get used to
the robot right away. They treat the robot like their friend. They walk it from class to class. They
even wave to it in the hall!
Recently, Jilly's social studies class learned about
ancient Egypt. The robot stood by her desk at school.
Jilly sat in front of her computer at home. She worked
with her friends, Melanie and Katie.
The girls looked up facts about Egypt. They talked and
laughed as they worked. On the iPad, Jilly gave a
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