From the OC Register:
The kids at the Child Development School at UC Irvine love their pal Rusty, who would win a school popularity contest hands down if someone took a vote… They’re also crazy about Carl, another friend at the innovative school. Everybody wants to play with Carl. Actually, both Rusty and Carl have little in common with their playmates. Rusty is a dog and Carl is a robot. But each plays an important role at the school, where teachers use a reward system to reinforce the positive behavior of students, most of whom have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism or other neuro-developmental conditions… Designed by UC Irvine cognitive scientist Jeff Krichmar, Ph.D, Carl is aimed at improving relationships and social engagement in children with autism or other developmental disorders.

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