Students in the Early Childhood Education Level One class at the Arlington Career Center (ACC) brought home artificial babies earlier this month for a homework assignment. The babies were very realistic-- needing to be fed, changed, burped, rocked, held, and always close to the student assigned to take care of them. Through a microchip, the artificial babies let the ACC teachers know how well they were being taken care of-- take good care of your baby and get a high grade. Neglect it and fail. The babies turned on at 4:00 p.m. on Friday the second, and turned off at 6:00 a.m. Monday the fourth.
“It was actually really fun; it’s a fun project, but you don’t get sleep. I only got seven hours of sleep this weekend,” said Fischer, who also complained of having a fussy baby.
Micah Wilson, a junior at Yorktown High School and an ACC classmate of Fischer said, “This baby was a fun learning experience, and teaches you a lot of responsibility, and makes you double think about becoming a parents, and if you do decide to have a child, you are better prepared and know what could happen with your child.”Whether or not the project was enjoyable (and if the baby would have survived in reality) varied from student to student, but they have all left the experience better prepared to take care of infants in the future.
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