In Brief

Tega mirrors students' responses to be an emotionally intelligent tutor in the class-room

Tega is a smartphone-based socially assistive robot developed in the MIT Media Lab. Teachers insert Android-based tablets into Tega’s furry face, which power the robot’s interactions and movements. Onboard speakers and external cameras mirror emotional responses like excitement.

A Boston-area school district pilot test used Tega to teach 38 students Spanish for 15 minutes each day over 8 weeks. Over the course of the program, each robot became more personalized to each student and increased engagement. The pilot served as a proof of concept of offering social robots for educational assistance in a real classroom.

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