The Big Think

February 4, 2015

Students with autism learn social skills with R2-D2

Filed under: The R2 Project — jasony @ 9:36 pm

Students with autism learn social skills with R2-D2: “AUSTIN — Fifth-grade students at Blazier Elementary School in Southeast Austin are learning social skills through technology.

The students are part of the school’s SCORES program, which stands for Social Communication and Resource services, for children with autism. Over the past few months, they created a fully operational R2-D2 replica robot thanks to their teacher, Caleb Zammit.

‘The main focus was just learning to work as a group, and how to get along and use their manners when working on a big project all together,’ said Zammit.

They are also learning about motors, batteries, measurements, power tools and metal.

‘The best part of my day is having fun with my friends and building R2-D2,’ said Mathew Fan, a student at Blazier Elementary.”

That’s pretty fantastic. One of the things I’m looking forward to the most about finishing R2 is being able to take him to a local children’s hospital (or the like). That’ll be really rewarding.

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