UMF Project Circuit Uses Telepresence Robots to Create Virtual Internships

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Story by Sun Journal

Internships are proven to open the door to high-level professional experience and ultimately to jobs. But how do education students at the University of Maine at Farmington intern in southern Maine without leaving home?

They use robots, of course.

At least that’s what’s happening with “Project Circuit,” a new pilot program in UMF Instructor Kevin Good’s special education course this spring. His students are working with RSU 21 (Arundel, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport) Assistive Technology Coordinator Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles and students in special education using telepresence robots – one at UMF and one in Kennebunk.

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