As part of their classwork, Crossett High School Family and Consumer Science students had to take care of computerized baby dolls over the weekend.
The electronic doll, programmed to reflect the needs of a real baby, shows teens what parenting is really like. Brandy Thomas, who teaches Family and Consumer Science, directs the “Baby Think It Over “ program.
Thomas said the experience, “gives the students an outlook on being a parent. Some are excited to get into the class, but when taking care of the baby students were overwhelmed on the job of being a parent.”
FACS students are assigned to be the caretaker for their baby for the weekend and are graded on several different components, such as the baby dying, abuse, neglect, or taking the identity bracelet off is an automatic zero. A sensor inside the doll records what happens to the baby while in the care of the student. The identity bracelet links the baby to its caretaker, and without the bracelet in close proximity, the baby would not be able to be fed or cared for.
The mission of the project ”Baby Think It Over” prepares parents of tomorrow today.