Tom Gaudette at Mathworks has created support for the Finch robot in MATLAB. MATLAB is likely most familiar to many as a computing environment for engineering and science work, but you can also use it to create complex programs that take advantage of MATLAB's large set of built-in functions for computation, graphing, signal analysis, and more! With MATLAB, the potential for cross-disciplinary curricular applications is great; for example, one could have students write programs that collect accelerometer data and then analyze that data with MATLAB's tools. It's a perfect way to demonstrate that computational thinking and programming are skills required in all science, math, and engineering fields.

Check out how to get and use the Finch MATLAB package here (takes you to Mathworks site in a new window).