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BATTLE RISING: Simulators help students learn about caring for infants

Monday, July 29, 2013 | 7:31 p.m. CDT; updated 3:38 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 9, 2013
Amanda Klenke prepares RealCare Babies for her child development classes this upcoming school year Monday at Battle High School. The babies are educational tools that will help students learn the difficulties of caring for children by crying at all hours until needs for feeding, burping, rocking and changing diapers are met.

COLUMBIA — Amanda Klenke will spend her first year as a full-time teacher in the brand new facilities of Battle High School. She is half of the two-person Family and Consumer Sciences Department and will teach classes in child development, family studies, teen issues and interior design. The department will inhabit facilities that include a sewing lab, day care and science classrooms.

The department will also have 10 late model RealCare Baby Infant Simulators for students to learn about the responsibilities of child care, Klenke said. The simulators will cry at random intervals requiring students to determine if they need feeding, burping, rocking or changing diapers. The simulator then will record the event’s level of success for teachers to evaluate later.

Klenke said her child development students will get to use the simulators in the classroom while her advanced child development students will be able to take them home for a more realistic experience.

Amanda Klenke buckles a RealCare Baby into a car seat before taking it home to test it out Monday at Battle High School. Klenke is entering her first school year as a full-time teacher. She jokes, referring to the school's 10 brand new infant simulators, "I've got 10 kids now, plus plenty of students."

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