Commercialised by the American company Anybots, a “high school robot” will be tested for two years until the start of the 2016 academic year in three high schools in the Rhône-Alpes region, including La Martinière-Monplaisir in Lyon. The robot allows a student to be “teleported” to class if they are unable to attend the class physically. For Jean-Jack Queyranne, President of the Rhône-Alpes region, the project is about stimulating innovation amongst the 300 companies that are “directly involved in robotics in the Rhône-Alpes region” and getting students interested in the subject, because “one hundred percent of students who study robotics will find a job!”, according to Bruno Bonnell, founder of Awabot, the company in charge of the project.

Most of the project focuses on developing the software interface and the rest of the budget will be allocated to  “supporting students who are ill, their families, and the whole teaching body, to enable the robot to be used and to integrate the experiment into the pedagogical programme”, explained Bruno Bonnell.