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Finch Robot

created by BirdBrain Technologies

Finch is a robot that brings computer science to life by providing students with an engaging, hands-on representation of their code. The Finches can be used to learn programming and to reinforce classroom activities. The Finch is recommended for students from kindergarten to college and can be programmed in MANY different languages including  FinchBlox, BirdBlox, Snap!, MakeCode / JavaScript, Python, Java, Swift, and Kotlin. Robots are around $100+ but class sets are available to educators on  loan FREE of charge. 

Grade Level: K-HS

 Finch robot with a marker inserted is drawing a square. Also shown is a computer with blocks of code and the shoulder and hand of a student.

Use this in the classroom:

Presented at the playground: Introduction to the Finch ,Shapes with the FinchMusic and Colors

Lots more on the Finch website; make sure to customize to the equipment and programming language you will be using.




Watch as Tom Lauwers, Founder and CEO of BirdBrain Technologies, describes how creativity can thrive when students use the Hummingbird Robot (and describes a little about the Finches as well).

Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff, dogrady at usmd dot edu
Director, Maryland Center for Computing Education

Dr. Megean Garvin, mgarvin at usmd dot edu
Director of Research, Maryland Center for Computing Education

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Maryland Center for Computing Education
3300 Metzerott Rd. Adelphi, MD 20783
MCCE received initial support from the National Science Foundation, (MSP)2 Grant No. 0831970.