My Life as a Robot

January 23, 2015
Jeffrey Kaji
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.