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My Life as a Robot

Jeffrey Kaji, on the screen, raises his hand in class. TODD PLITT FOR TIME FOR KIDS

After surgery to remove my appendix, my doctor told me I would be out of school for more than a week. But with exams coming up, I worried about missing class. My family thought of an innovative solution: I would go to school as a robot.

A+ Technology & Security Solutions Inc. provided me with a five-foot-tall robot on wheels. Using it was easy. I quickly learned how to move it forward and backward and turn it. Operating the robot was so intuitive that I quickly forgot I was controlling a machine from home.

It took everyone else a little longer to get used to the new mechanical me. A screen displayed my face. It allowed me to feel present and others to see me.

An Object of Interest

For a couple of days, I was the most popular object in the school. Everyone crowded around me, wanting to talk or ask questions. But once the novelty wore off, I was just another student. I ate lunch with everyone else, participated in class discussions, and went to the rehearsal for my school play. I even got in trouble for eating "in class."

I felt as if I were actually at school. I was only reminded of my limitations as a robot when my teachers handed out papers. Life as a robot was an awesome experience. Technology has great potential to help people. If you are ever in need, I hope you get to call on a robot helper.