Introduction to the Finch Robot
The Finch is a small robot designed to inspire and delight students learning computer science by providing them a tangible and physical representation of their code. The Finch is made by BirdBrain Technologies, a company devoted to cultivating creativity and computational thinking by providing flexible and inspiring products that engage students and teachers in programming and robotics. BirdBrain is also the maker of the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, a kit that allows students to create and program robots built from electronic components and craft materials. Our products have been used by tens of thousands of students to learn poetry, explore computer programming, host robot petting zoos, create combined physical & virtual games, and much, much more!
BirdBrain Technologies is proud to be located in Pittsburgh, also known as Roboburgh due to its fantastic assemblage of robotics companies and research. Much of that research goes on at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, where BirdBrain Technologies originated.
The Finch was developed at the CMU's CREATE Lab. The research projects that led to the Finch, and the Hummingbird robotics kit, used "participatory design", which means that they deeply involved both students and teachers at all stages of the design process. Although the Finch and Hummingbird have moved out of the university, we at BirdBrain Technologies remain faithful to this way of doing things. We take your input seriously, and listen to & act on feedback. We encourage you to get in touch if you have suggestions for further improvements, features, or documentation. Even better, drop us a line just to let us know how things are going; we especially love watching videos of empowered students working with robots!
A central part of our mission is to support educators interested in introducing or furthering computer science, engineering, and making in and out of the classroom. In addition to our products we provide curricular materials, tutorials, and professional development so we can help teaching professionals and volunteers bring more creativity, computational thinking, and fun to kids around the world! Our focus is on bringing robotics to as many kids possible. We are extremely excited to see the impact Finch robots are having all over the world through schools, libraries, camps, and workshops. We hope you are just as excited to put the Finch in front of your students.
Happy Computing from the Team at BirdBrain Technologies!