Robots help kids escape from St. Louis Children’s Hospital

By Mike Bush, KSDK ST. LOUIS – If there is one place that kids don’t want to be, it’s this place. The hospital. St. Louis Children’s is one of the best in the country but 9 year old Isiah Harris has had to practically grow up here.

The Valerie Fund pays tribute to the VGo Robot – Helping Kids to feel more like Kids

The Valerie Fund On April 4th The Valerie Fund Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown held a celebration for the children, families, educators and donors who have participated in the VGo program. Now in its second year, the program has been enthusiastically received from the beginning. After meeting her first VGo robot, Educational Liaison Joann […]

Homebound Students Receive the Same Instruction as Their Peers

By Betsy Hardy, Distance Learning Coordinator, Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES Did you get the chance to watch the sitcoms where Phil and Sheldon were able to be in two places at once? Did you know students in the Cattaraugus Allegany County region can also be in two places at once, enabling them to stay part of […]

Wish granted

By New Castle News staff Mohawk High School junior Cris Colaluca’s dream is getting closer to reality. The teen, who has spina bifida along with a rare seizure disorder and attends school remotely with the help of a Vgo robot, was recently featured by author and tax guru Eva Rosenberg as well as the National […]

‘Buzz Cuts for Collin’ to help Mount Olive boy’s cancer battle

By PHIL GARBER Managing Editor, Mount Olive Chronicle MOUNT OLIVE TWP. – Saturday, March 26, will be the day to get “Buzz Cuts for Collin.” The event will be a fundraiser from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Hello Gorgeous salon at 36 Main St., Netcong, to help the Mount Olive family of Collin Berg, […]

Riverhead boy couldn’t attend class until he met our Educator of the Year: Video

By Grant Parpan, Riverhead News-Review On Thursday, we presented Aquebogue Elementary School teacher Robert Shilling with our Educator of the Year award at a ceremony at Martha Clara Vineyards. This is the video we screened during the ceremony and the original announcement from January.   Robert Shilling didn’t know Gabriel Dispenziere would be in his fourth-grade class until […]

Technology becoming a great equalizer for students with special needs

By Samuel Gilstrap, LA Unified School District Daily Students in L.A. Unified face unique challenges when it comes to achieving in the classroom – many of them dealing with disabilities that create barriers to learning or inhibit their ability to get to a classroom at all. But high-tech devices are creating new opportunities for youngsters […]

Lee County Public Schools District Wins

A technological breakthrough for the district’s IT department at Pelican Elementary School, helping our ESC department’s hospital homebound group. We’re proud to present VGo. VGo is a virtual presence robot that allows students to be part of the classroom and partake in activities they couldn’t do at home due to medical reasons. Pictured is Pelican […]

VGo Robot Celia Makes Sick Kids Smile

By Jeremy De Zilwa, Tech Advisor Robots in medicine is a readily growing trend in making life easier for patients and doctors alike. Now the St. Louis Children’s Hospital paediatric cancer robots play a role in looking out for the social and psychological needs of patients as well.

Robot connects Louisiana girl with rare illness to classroom

By Jacob Batte, Houma Courier exclusive to WWLTV CUT OFF, La. — An unusual student lights up and rolls out of the corner of Erica Bossier’s first grade class at South Larose Elementary School at the start of the day. It’s a white, 3-foot tall robot with a small screen for its head and a polka-dotted, […]

2015 Educator of the Year: Robert Shilling

By Grant Parpan and Paul Squire, Riverhead News-Review Robert Shilling didn’t know Gabriel Dispenziere would be in his fourth-grade class until the eve of the first day of school in September 2014. In fact, Aquebogue Elementary School principal Phil Kent said he learned he had to place Gabriel, who has eosinophilic esophagitis, a condition in […]

Hospitalized Mount Olive teen stays in school via a special robot

MOUNT OLIVE TWP. – Max Kimpland dreams of cinnamon rolls and going home but for now he’s at least virtually with his classmates at Mount Olive High School. While being treated last year for complications from a procedure to address scoliosis, the 16-year-old Mount Olive High School junior contracted a virulent fungal infection that wreaked […]

Robot allows Saco student to go to school

By Liz Gotthelf, Journal Tribune SACO — Students in Heidi Brewer’s eighth-grade English class were assigned to discuss the short stories they had read in small groups. Students Olivia Paradis, Fayth Nedeau and Hayley Desjardins were grouped together and began to discuss their stories. Their group was like any other group in the class, with […]

‘I call it Bob’: Robot helps girl fighting cancer stay in school

By Christopher Cousins, Bangor Daily News Last Thursday, Katherine’s Bowen’s eighth-grade honors algebra class at Camden-Rockport Middle School went on as usual. Teacher Donna Peterson started writing to augment her explanation of the day’s topic. Then she stopped. “Katherine, I apologize,” Peterson said. “I was behind you writing on the board.” “It’s OK,” Katherine said, […]

Robot allows boy to ‘attend’ school during chemo

By Judi Currie, ROLLINSFORD — Fifth-grader Levi Whitcomb has missed all but a few school days since being diagnosed with brain cancer this spring. The Rollinsford 10-year-old underwent surgery in April to remove a brain tumor and in now on his fourth round of chemotherapy. Jen Pepin, Levi’s mom, said it is hard for […]

Make-A-Wish grants teen’s wish to donate VGo robot to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, October 15, 2015 – The VGo telepresence robot has given Cris Colaluca the gift of academic and social freedom, and the ability to stay involved despite medical limitations. Cris’ life has been so impacted that he wishes that other homebound children can also enjoy the same freedom. Now, Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and […]

Robot helps hospital-bound kids go on ‘virtual’ field trips


By Lindsay Carlton, When children are diagnosed with cancer, their hospital rooms often become their new homes. Depending on the severity of their disease, these immunosuppressed patients can be cooped up and isolated for months— missing time with their family and friends, not playing outdoors, and refraining from everyday activities like going on field […]

The Verizon Foundation Provides 15 VGos to US Classrooms

Treatments for a brain tumor kept Paris Luckowski out of his fourth grade classroom for much of last spring. Yet the Newark, N.J., student was able to keep pace — and even socialize — with his St. Philip’s Academy classmates during school. His presence in the bustling hallways and in class was possible thanks to […]