A number of schools in the U.S. are already adopting robots into the classroom, not as replacements for teachers, but as teaching assistants. And it won't be long before robots play a bigger role in the educational system, experts say.
Robots can be programmed to teach just about anything, making them an effective classroom tool.
"The cool thing robots do in the classroom is that they turn classes where you learn facts in a vacuum into classes where you solve real-world problems you really have," Nourbakhsh said. "You work on real-world challenges, you sense air pollution, you make a kinetic sculpture that motivates your mom to stop smoking on the stoop - so you are learning about biology, programming, craft, rhetoric and air quality all at once. Robots integrate across disciplines."