The Finch

The Finch Explained:

The Finch is a new robot for computer science education. Its design is the result of a four year study at Carnegie Mellon's CREATE lab.

The Finch is designed to support an engaging introduction to the art of programming. It has support for over a dozen programming languages and environments, including several environments appropriate for students as young as eight years old.

The Finch was designed to allow students to write richly interactive programs. On-board features include:

  • Light, temperature, and obstacle sensors 
  • Accelerometers 
  • Motors
  • Buzzer 
  • Full-color beak LED 
  • Pen mount for drawing capability 
  • Plugs into USB port - no batteries required 

The Finch is manufactured under license from Carnegie Mellon University.

About the Site is designed to be much more than a storefront and static informational site. We provide software downloads, lessons, assignments, and a community-oriented site design that allows anyone to form an account, and contribute their own Finch assignments and activities. We even provide incentives for such contributions.