Education

Massachusetts Student Fights For Use of VGo Robot In Classroom

By Audrey Asistio, NBC Boston A Massachusetts family is making a plea with their school district to allow their son to be in the classroom via a robot, when he physically can’t. Twelve-year-old Keegan Concannon was born with Common Variable Immunodeficiency which causes him to not have an immune system to fight infections or illness. […]

Above and Beyond: Students Buy Robot for Sick Classmate

By Linda Schmidt, Fox 5 NY NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) – Tyler Knurek, 13,  would love nothing more than to be in school with his friends. Tyler has cancer, Hodgkins lymphoma, and has been undergoing treatments since December. But his friends and classmates found a way for Tyler to be in school without physically […]

Robot inspires Mohawk grad to help others

By Renée Gendreau, New Castle News When Cris Colaluca graduates Tuesday, a part of him will stay behind at Mohawk Area High School. Owned by the district, the VGo robotic telepresence device that Cris has used since seventh grade to attend school remotely, remains at Mohawk ready to aid another student. But graduation doesn’t end […]

Robot, computer feed bring Riverside kindergarten pupil to school

By Kate Malongowski, Beaver County Times NORTH SEWICKLEY TWP. ­­ During a math lesson in Chelsea Sharek’s kindergarten class on a recent Friday morning, her young pupils are split into pairs to play a matching game. Among the pairs are Ford Sniezek and Aly Alvin. Aly encourages her Riverside Kindergarten Center classmate with each match […]

How robots are changing education

By Linda Schmidt, Fox5NY Imagine seeing a robot coming down the hallway in your school. Students at Saint Bartholomew in East Brunswick, New Jersey, see it every day. A robot called VGo enables Tyler Knurek, 13, to attend class and be with his friends while he is physically at home. Tyler has cancer. He has […]

Robot puts ailing 9-year-old back in school — virtually

By Victor R. Martinez , El Paso Times After nine months out battling leukemia, 9-year-old Jackie Rosales is back in her classroom at John Drugan School. At least a virtual version of her is back. Thanks to an iPad on wheels that displays her face on its screen, Jackie returned to class Wednesday morning, interacting with […]

Verizon funds robots for senior project

By Renee Gendreau, New Castle News Next month, Cris Colaluca graduates from high school via robot. But, before he does, the Mohawk Area High School senior wants to help others in similar circumstances. Diagnosed with rare seizure disorder as well as spina bifida, the 19-year-old Colaluca has attended school via a VGo robotic telepresence device […]

Young Man Donates VGo Robots To Children’s Hospital

By Dave Crawley, CBS Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A traveling robot with a human face and voice rolled through Children’s Hospital Wednesday morning. It’s one of two VGo robots donated by a young man who has benefited from the hospital’s care. “I’m able to do what I wasn’t able to do before,” says 19-year-old Cris […]

Socorro ISD Homebound Student to Rejoin Classroom using VGo Robot

From El Paso Herald-Post A student at John Drugan School, who has been homebound for nine months, soon will be part of her class again virtually using VGo, a telepresence robot, which allows her to be part of classroom instruction and activities while she is at home recovering from a chronic illness. “Our district is […]

How robots can help kids stay in school

By Pat Harriman, UC Irvine As a child growing up in California, Veronica Newhart was absent from school for weeks at a time due to a congenital heart condition. The loneliness and isolation she felt so many years ago are similar to what children with chronic illnesses feel today, but Newhart says it doesn’t have […]

6-year-old fighting cancer attends class with robot’s help

By Ryan DiPentima, Palm Beach Post Modern technology is helping a young child with cancer attend school as she fights the disease. According to ABC News, 6-year-old Paisley Jane Trojanowski, better known as PJ, was diagnosed with kidney cancer in January, a disease that she has fought head-on. “It takes a lot out of her … (but) […]

High-tech robotic device allows ailing student to stay connected to class

By Tracy Liston, Catholic News Service EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CNS) — The school and parish community of St. Bartholomew in East Brunswick recently tested the saying, “ask and you shall receive.” In January, they rallied together to raise more than $8,000 to buy a VGo Robot to enable Tyler Knurek, a seventh-grader with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, […]

Robot allows ill seventh grader to participate in class

From gmnews.com EAST BRUNSWICK — A seventh grader’s school is rallying around him to make his ordeal with cancer as easy as possible. Tyler Knurek missed his fifth grade year due to his initial diagnosis and is dealing with a recurrence this year. While he undergoes treatment, St. Bartholomew School in East Brunswick is helping him […]

Robots and the Cloud Help Homebound Kids Attend School

By Maja Tarateta, Fox Business Robots are interacting with patients in medical facilities, handling material in warehouses, working in manufacturing, and helping ill children attend school—all with a hand from the Cloud. Indeed, by linking to the Cloud, robots are bringing homebound students into classrooms, hallways and cafeterias to socialize with their friends and continue […]

Teen raising funds for robots so patients can see outside hospital walls

By Rachel Weaver, triblive.com  Cris Colaluca knows how a simple change of scenery can make a world of difference. The New Castle senior is attempting to raise enough money to purchase three robots to give Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh patients the ability to telecommunicate with friends and family from their hospital beds. “There is more […]

Vecna Board Names Dwight Moore CEO of VGo Subsidiary

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vecna Technologies, parent company of VGo Communications, has selected Dwight Moore as VGo’s new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment of Moore to this position follows a strategic decision to make the VGo product line a subsidiary company under the Vecna umbrella and focus its mission on immersive […]

Mohawk senior raising funds to allow others to use robots

From New Castle News Granted one wish, Cris Colaluca used it to benefit others. Now, he’s building on that dream. A senior at Mohawk Area High School, Cris has attended class remotely via a VGo robot since seventh grade. In October 2015, he used the wish granted to him by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater […]

Bay High School student raising money to buy VGo robots for sick students

By Cleveland 19 Digital Team BAY VILLAGE, OH-A freshman at Bay High School is trying to raise money so a 7-year-old girl with a life-threatening disease can be a part of her first-grade class. Two years ago 14-year-old Jane Finley was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. After she was diagnosed Finley missed seeing people at school […]