Avatar Robot Goes to School for Ill German Boy

Joshua Martinangeli, 7, is unable to attend school due to illness. However, the German student may still communicate with his teacher and classmates via an avatar robot that sits in his place in class and blinks when he has something to say.

"During the lecture, the students converse with him, laugh with him, and even chitchat with him. Joshi is also capable of doing so "In an interview with Reuters, Ute Winterberg, headmistress of the Pusteblume-Grundschule in Berlin, said.

Joshua is unable to attend lessons due to a tube in his neck that he wears due to a severe lung illness, according to his mother, Simone Martinangeli.

The project is a private initiative funded by the Berlin district of Marzahn-municipal Hellersdorf's government.

"We are Berlin's only district that has purchased four avatars for its schools. COVID-19 provided the motivation, but I believe this is the way of the future well beyond the pandemic "Torsten Kuehne, a member of the district education council, agreed.

"It is not uncommon for a youngster to be unable to attend class in person due to a variety of factors. The avatar can then allow the youngster to stay a member of the school community "Kuehne explained.

He went on to say that he has already brought up the subject in state-level political conversations.

When asked if he was looking forward to seeing Joshua again, student Noah Kuessner remarked, "I like it anyway because I like the avatar."

"And I'd prefer it if Joshi could actually come to school," added Beritan Aslanglu, another classmate.